Hiking can be one of the most desirable styles of cheap entertainment and exercise. What’s better than getting some steps in while taking in all of the sights and sounds of God’s country? The Hatchet Resort is the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, located in northern Jackson Hole, the Hatchet is close to some of the world’s best hiking trails! There are other things you can do in and around Jackson Hole, and while we’ve got some information on all of those activities, we wanted to let our guests know how best to be prepared for hiking trips as winter starts to melt away. These are the top three dressing tips you need to remember when visiting with hiking in mind.
#1 – Plan for EVERYTHING
You can check the weather even as soon as the day before you go for your hiking trip, but we want to stress that the weather can be unpredictable. Even if it’s not sweltering hot outside, you may want to cover up the skin, particularly in sensitive areas, because those days that we don’t feel too warm are the worst when it comes to danger from the sun’s rays. The last thing you want to do is spend the rest of your trip in bed with sun burn.
Conversely, just because there is only a 15% chance of rain doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring an extra pair of socks. Choose water-resistant or waterproof hiking boots. Trails can have unexpected puddles, small streams to navigate, and damp earth to tread on. Add some unexpected rain to that, and you can have an unpleasant time if your feet aren’t kept dry. Make sure you bring a light poncho to keep water off your clothes.
Getting lost can happen. Even with the best-laid plans and following paths, hikers have been known to lose track of time and get stuck out in the wilderness for way longer than anticipated. Nights can be unexpectedly chilly. Bring some heavier clothes… just in case.
#2 – Insects are Around
Something that most everyone forgets about when they go on vacation is that insects are a thing. We tend to think about how much fun we’re going to have, and have this idealistic hope going into a hiking trip – but don’t forget that insects are always around. Some people may be allergic to bees, while others could be hypersensitive to pests like gnats or mosquitos. Dress appropriately if you tend to get bit up more than the average Joe, and it might not be a bad idea to spray your clothes with bug spray – no matter who you are!
#3 – Too Much Sun Can Be Annoying
Apart from the sunburn you want to avoid, the sun can cause other problems for you on a hike. You’ll want a hat or visor to keep the sun from your eyes, and we recommend sunglasses to make it easier to see. Believe it or not, most injuries on a hiking trail come from people not being able to see well enough to avoid twisted ankles and unexpected trip hazards – mainly because of the sun. Getting the magical sunrise or sunset photoshoot is much easier if you can see to make it to your final location!
Join Us After Your Hike
Once you’re done with your hike adventure, join us to relax and recover at the Hatchet Resort. Fuel up in our restaurant and stay in one of our top-of-the-line lodge rooms. Give us a call at 307-543-2413 or book your stay online today!
We look forward to treating you and your group to a wonderful, relaxing getaway that should accompany your hiking trip!