Hiking is a popular pastime enjoyed year-round by millions of people, but it’s important to know safety information (for people and dogs) and also to know how to leave memories and footprints, but little else to protect the natural world. There is a lot to know, from finding vegan hiking boots (to avoid sore feet and blisters) to knowing how to keep dogs safe from poisonous plants and wild animals (and know whether the journey is too much for older canine friends). Read the 7 steps of Leave No Trace (also in book form):
- Plan Ahead & Prepare
- Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimise Campside Fires
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Others.
1001 Walking Tips is a light-hearted collection of small tips, whether you’re on a leisurely stroll in a local urban area or exploring a national park, long-distance trail or hiking in winter mountains. Includes tips on navigation, essential kit & clothing, safety, fitness, food, walking with dogs, how to cope with various weather conditions, and what to do if you get lost.
Where to Find Vegan Hiking Boots
Wills Vegan Shoes (UK) sell good waterproof hiking boots for men and women. Made in Italy, these have treated uppers, to last years of hiking trips. The articulated lace hooks allow better lace sliding and EVA insoles offer good support. The uppers are created with scuff-resistant materials, to take the boots off-road. Finished with vegan suede.
Ethical Wares (Wales) makes good hiking boots and shoes, with profits helping rescued barnyard friends. In styles and colours for men and women, this brand has a loyal worldwide customer ase, with improved Aqua-Stop water resistant/breathable linings and dual density Vibram soles.
Thesus Outdoors Weekend Hiking Boots (US) are sold in several colours. Made with 95% natural and recycled materials, these keep your feet cosy and dry all year. Handmade in a family factory in Portugal, they are made for outdoor terrain, and feature seal-sealed water-resistant uppers, anti-slip rubber lug soles and temperature control lining.
Stainless Steel Water Bottles for Hikers
Camelbak Stainless Steel Bottles were invented after a 100-mile road race across the Texas desert. The man used his knowledge of medical equipment to fill an IV-fluid bag with water, and attached a thin hose, to rehydrate without losing time. Warm beverages are fine, but they don’t recommend hot liquids (never drink hot liquids through a straw). Sold with a lifetime guarantee. The website has info on recall notices. The children’s bootles are cleaned in a different way, due to an anti-choking design).
Tips on Hiking with Dogs
If you are taking a young fit dog hiking with you, read this book to keep your dog safe, which covers how to prevent heatstroke, and what to do if you encounter toxic plants, spiders or snakes. Includes an easy-to-use illustrated first aid guide.
The Essential Guide to Hiking with Dogs includes tips to keep you and your four-legged friend safe, if you are new to hiking. From trail etiquette to leave no trace ethics, also learn of important gear to pack and essential commands to learn on the trail. Features beautiful photos from the author. Visit Jen at Hiking with Dogs.