Hiking 101

Spending excessive time indoors and not taking regular excursions outside and into nature can have a negative effect on your health, well-being, and states of awareness. Your ancestral roots are in nature. It’s where the human species grew and evolved into its current state; divorcing yourself from your deeper, nature-bound essence can come at great risk. Therefore, spending time in nature cultivates a state of holistic balance and growth through a nourishing interaction with the earth.

Hiking is an excellent way to get outdoors and get some much needed exercise. In today’s busy world where most people spend their time indoors or in cities, hiking offers a wealth of overall health benefits that may even help prolong your life. Fortunately, you can make a conscious decision to spend more time in nature and embrace a host of benefits for your body, mind, and spirit.

Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, including hiking at your own level, is safe and highly recommended for optimal health for most people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hike regularly to reduce insomnia, get to sleep faster and enjoy a more refreshing sleep. Hiking lowers your risk of heart disease, improves your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, boosts bone density, and builds strength in your core and all of the muscles in your hips and legs. Aerobic activities such as hiking bring extra oxygen and fuel to your muscles, organs and other body tissues. This extra oxygen and fuel provides a boost that strengthens your muscles and lungs, while increasing your endurance, alertness and energy level. Hiking can even help decrease your chances of developing some cancers. The sights, sounds, and experiences associated with being in nature can have a soothing effect on your nervous system, slowing heart rate and normalizing respiration, blood pressure, and several other key stress markers associated with the fight-or-flight response.

Packing List for Hikers
1. Backpack, Water, Snacks (Chocolate, beef jerky, powdered milk, quick served noodle, salt, nuts, fruits etc.) and a First Aid Kit (possibly including a shovel and an emergency shelter) 

2. Extra Clothing and Warm Layers (knit thermals, sweater, gloves, scarf and velour hat) and at least 2 sources of fire (Lighter and waterproof matches) 

3. Rain and Sun Protection including Poncho, Sunblock, Hat and Sunglasses

4. Hiking Shoes (waterproofed and breathable), optional Hiking Poles

5. Cell Phone, Map, GPS, Headlamp, Flashlight, Knife/Multi-Tool, Camera etc.

6. Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad and Inflatable Pillow for overnight trips

7. Water Filtration System, Mini Cooker, Kitchenware, Kettle and Thermos Bottle for overnight trips

8. Toiletries for overnight trips: Towel, Shampoo, Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Comb, Moisturizer, Toilet Paper, Plastic Bags etc.

For Mount Hood Sightseeing Directions from Government Camp please follow this link: http://mounthoodinfo.com/mount-hood-summer-sightseeing-directions-from-government-camp/