Are you planning on trekking to ‘hard to reach’ places to capture the best views of the night sky or those amazing drone shots? As a newbie to this, where do you start? This article covers some basic hiking gear you should consider.
Who’s This For?
This is for anyone intending to venture on foot for short or long excursions to get the best dark sky views or even to capture landscape or wildlife scenes. You might need to trek some distance to get to a dark sky location or to monitor wildlife or take footage using your long-range drone. I have a guide comparing popular long-range drones suited to remote aerial footage.
Or, you might be getting out just for the heck of it. This might mean you are going on…
- Self-guided ventures
- Guided tours
- Multiple day hikes
- Day hiking or night hiking or both
What to Wear Hiking Tips
What do I wear hiking? Choose hiking clothing to suit the weather and terrain of your intended destination. It is best to do some research and find out about the seasonal conditions and terrain of where you intend travelling.
In very wet conditions, consider taking a lightweight rain jacket or waterproof cape. You might need to take rain pants. But, weigh up whether you really need these. The more hiking clothes you pack the less room you will have for other essentials in your backpacking gear.
In cold conditions, you would need hiking shoes with a good pair of merino wool hiking socks. The best hiking pants for the warm weather conditions are ones that allow ventilation. To survive cold weather, consider a thermal base layer. Make sure to include sun protection. This can include a long sleeve shirt with a high sun protection factor, a hat, and sunscreen lotion.
For mild weather conditions, here is a list of basic hiking essentials to wear or pack for an overnight hike…
You may want waterproof protection for your feet. Also, look for footwear that’s breathable and allows some give for a comfortable fit.
One of the things hikers can suffer with, from downhill treks, is black toenail. I’ve experienced this. This is a bruising of your toe that develops from the movement of your foot up against the toe of the shoe. Believe me, it is painful, and the swelling will need attention if you intend continuing on the trail.
To reduce your chances of getting black toenails, use the overhand lacing technique for tightening your footwear on downhill treks. Also, having a thumbs-width length of room from your toes to the front of the boot gives your feet room to move and allows you to wear thick protective socks.
Scarpa Hiking Boots are Italian handmade. The ones shown are oiled full grain leather and completely waterproof. The beauty of leather is that it gives and breathes. The lining of these also breathes, being Gore-tex. The sole suits all terrain. A pair of these hiking boots weighs 2.3 lbs making them a medium weight boot.
In Australia? Check out the Scarpa Unisex Boots at Wild Earth.
Tip: Consider weight when purchasing and packing. More weight in your hiking backpack will slow you down.
Consider a pair of woollen socks to protect your feet. The merino wool option is worth a look. These would be valued by anyone taking a hiking trip as they are breathable. Include a spare pair.
A lightweight woollen beanie will be of value after the sun goes down and the air cools.
Thermal Underwear Set
Thermal wear is also important for cold nights. For this you can get thermal hiking leggings.
Wool or Fleece Jumper
Make this lightweight and one that will give you enough warmth. Important for the cool mornings and evenings.
Have a cotton or felt broad brimmed hat for the day. This type should easily fold for storing in your backpack when not needed.
Look for a lightweight long sleeve shirt with a high sun protection factor
In your hiking wear, pack a set of spare underwear and a spare t-shirt. Lightweight wicking clothing is a good idea.