Hiking in Early Spring

One of the many activities available in the area around Follansbee Inn is hiking in early spring. There are a number of things you should keep in mind if you’re going to engage in this sport.

One of the main things to do in preparing for hiking in early spring is to get in shape for it. Not a large number of people continue their hiking during the winter, so you may be a little out of shape from taking things easy during the winter.

Even the easiest hiking in early spring, or any time for that matter, requires good balance and strength in order to avoid injury. Ankle rolling and ankle sprains are the top two injuries involved in hiking.

There are quite a few things you can do to get ready for hiking in early spring and make it enjoyable without injury. Running or walking in sand is a good way to strengthen the muscles that protect your knees and ankles.

Squats and lunges are good for developing your core and improving overall strength. Do them slowly to get the most benefit.

Push-ups will help strengthen your shoulders and back for the times you do hikes with backpacks.

Cardio exercises help build lung capacity for hiking in the spring and for any higher altitude hikes you might take. This can be done by running or walking. If you don’t have a place outside for running or walking, consider going to a gym and using the treadmill.

Go out for a walk several times every week. Wear the same shoes or boots you’ll wear when hiking so your feet get used to them again. Walk at a brisk pace to get your heart rate up. Carry a light backpack to get yourself used to carrying packs again.

Before setting out to go hiking in the spring be sure to check your gear. Make sure you have everything you need and it’s in good repair. There’s nothing so bad as going out hiking in the spring and suddenly find you don’t have something you really need or, if you have it, it doesn’t work or is broken.

Be sure to check the weather before you go hiking in the spring. Know what you may run into. Have the necessary clothing and gear for rain, snow, mud, and sudden cold snaps.

Bring layers of clothing. Put on and take off as needed. Also, be prepared for bugs. Hiking in early spring means you’re going to run into bugs that come out at the same time.

When you want to get away and enjoy hiking in early spring, the ideal bed and breakfast to come home to in the Sunapee/Dartmouth region is Follansbee Inn. Call 603-027-4221. Or visit www.follansbeeinn.com. Come see us along the shores of Kezar Lake for an enjoyable and relaxing time.