A few years ago as I was developing my long distance hiking skills I realized a very important aspect of hiking which I eventually formulated into a sort of motto by which I hike – and now use as a principle teaching platform.
Managed Core Temperature + Proper Preparation + Proper Sleep + Proper Food + Proper Gear = A High Chance of a Successful Trip!
I am fully convinced that nearly everything you learn about hiking should be founded on those 5 skills!
It does not take a great deal of time spent out hiking to realize just how important those four skills are. The difficulty comes in learning them and learning how to keep yourself aware of each of them, and learning how to keep yourself in tune with each of them regardless of the environment and conditions that you are faced with while out on the trail.
It would be unfair of me to sit here and say that I have mastered each of those four aspects, because I have not. There are times I am on a hiking trip and I realized that I have highly under estimated the situation and end up not being able to properly sleep – usually it comes down to the cold or hot weather, or from not having enough water or food to keep my body in tune with itself. Continue reading “What is “Core Temperature” – How important is it – What you need to do and know!”