After a long, wet, and gray winter, the first glimpse of spring tends to incite a bit of frenzy among those "spiritual prospectors" looking to get out and reconnect with Mother Nature! As John Muir once stated, "the mountains are calling and I must go." By hitting the trails now, the more ready we will be to tackle those longer hikes with great weather and longer days during the summer months. Here are few tips to help us get ready for an awesome hike!
Planning - As with any hiking trip, planning the hike is paramount. Trip reports from several hiking websites can guide us to the right trail at the right time of the season.
Weather - Mother Nature has her own forecast, so make sure to check in with local weather reports, mobile weather applications on your phone for real-time updates, and if you need more personal assistance, the knowledgeable staff at many ranger stations or information centers most always have the latest updates on constant weather changes, especially in large mountain ranges and longer hikes. Don't let the rain and snow keep us inside! If we do, we will be missing out on many great outdoor experiences, views and unique outdoor opportunities. With comfortable and appropriate gear for the spring months, we can hike safely in the rain and carrying extra clothing (also called layering) is vital particular when hiking during the spring months and changing weather patterns.
Conditioning & Fitness - When we prepare and get out for spring hikes, our conditioning and endurance will have us in tip-top form for the long, beautiful summer hikes ahead! Increasing lung capacity with strengthened muscles will have us strutting down the path in no time and enjoying those summer hikes with a deeper connection to nature because we took the time to prepare our mind, lungs, and muscles, and do not have to focus on all the huffing and puffing. Planning and preparation are always worth the effort, especially when it comes to hiking in the great outdoors.
Preparing The Mindset - A lot of people do not like hiking in the spring because of the changing weather patterns and constant rain, It is tough to have a good time or enjoy a spring hike if we are feeling uncomfortable, so planning and gearing up properly for a "singing in the rain" type hike is paramount. Enjoying yourself and the spring hike can be less-than-ideal weather requires more than preparing, the right gear, proper outerwear, it also requires a change in our mindset and how we approach a hike during the spring months. If you are well prepared for the weather and willing to be a little creative and receptive to rainy spring hikes, we may find them to be very enjoyable and usually can have the trail all to ourselves! "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." -Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Accept The Wet Weather and Stay Positive - When we look past the weather and rain or snow coming down, we can be a part of a beautiful, coming-alive environment with the growth of many plants, a jungle of lush green moss, the budding of some flowers or mushrooms, to even a few small animal sightings depending on the location of the hike. The sky may be dark and dreary on our spring hike, but your outlook can be as bright as the sun and as dry as the desert, because during a spring hike with even the best rain gear, we will get wet and that is part of the experience of learning, connecting and interacting directly Mother Nature herself. Always make sure to carry along 'The 10 Essentials of Hiking' on all upcoming hikes!
Most Importantly - Enjoy the peace and quiet of a spring hike as it soothes and heals the soul. Trails can typically be less crowded with people, their animals (on or off a leash), on trial conversations from others that can echo up the trail and just be with the sounds of nature, our thoughts, and maybe even the sounds of labored breathing as we lay the foundations for better conditioning, fitness, endurance for those nice, warm, and enjoyably summer hikes ahead of us!
"Take the time to disconnect so that you may have the time to reconnect." ~The Intuitive Prospector
Marc Lainhart is an international and tested Spiritual Psychic-Medium. Marc serves as a Radio Show Host, Hiking Guide, Certified Diver, Metaphysical Teacher, and Inspirational writer in Spirituality. Marc uses his gifts, experiences, and past tragedies to help guide, inspire, and teach others for their own personal ‘Soul Adventure.’ For more spiritual prospecting, please visit MarcLainhart.com, or catch Marc’s live radio show, Inspired Living every Wednesday on OM Times Radio.