Keep it simple and keep your weight down. Make sure you cover your basic needs of hydration, food and protection from the elements. Be contactable or tell someone where you’re heading if hiking alone. Account for the conditions.
But don’t overcook it
Ironically, not preparing can be a very key component of preparation. Leave room for flexibility in your trip; over planning can regiment an adventure and take away from the experience. So try to strike a balance according to how free spirited you are.
Know your level, know your limits
Despite challenging yourself, always leave room for logical and rational thinking on the mountain. Know what your body is capable of, know how far you can go in a given time taking into account the conditions and your health. Take calculated risks.
Have Fun, you’re here for the challenge
You make the rules. Embark on an adventure with a smile and open frame of mind. Respect the natural world and other hikers, the countryside should be here for everyone to enjoy.
Sometimes it can seem like a hassle or taking away from the solitude of an experience, but it’s worth making that extra effort to capture special moments. Whether it takes the form of a photographic or written account, the memories and experiences will then stay with you forever.