A hiker’s love for water
Primarily, I’d like to introduce myself by saying my name is Fabiana Gomez. I am a hiker, adventurer, explorer, and just a plain lover of the outdoors.
“And over the course of three years I’ve learned the importance of water”
I’ve been hiking for about three years, mainly in the Inland empire (also known as riverside county) deep in the Cleveland national forest. And over the course of these years I’ve learned the importance of water as well as the love affair you create with it.
“a 7.5 mile trail (in and out)”
My first real hike was the “Potato Chip Rock” located in the San Diego area, which is about a 7.5 mile trail that is (in and out) heavily trafficked and uphill.
“This trail took my friend and I about four hours!”
A friend of mine and I took only two sixteen-ounce water bottles that day…TWO. As we started the hike, there was a sign that read, “Minimum of two sixteen ounces’ of water bottles per person.” MINIMUM. I recall this as my first real hike because this day I learned the importance of water. This trail took my friend and I about four hours! The fact that we were missing water made such a huge difference in our hike. Not only did I have a headache from the lack of water, but our energy level to keep going was extremely low. With that being said, it is important to carry at least 2 liters of water (depending on the length of the hike of course) or also bringing gear that will purify any water or streams nearby.
Be sure to drink about half a cup of water (four ounces) about every thirty minutes even of not thirsty. Keeping the body fueled with water will give it more endurance and stamina to keep going.
So, remember to stay hydrated and keep calm and hike on!
Potato Chip Rock, Ramona, CA – Hiking day
Distance: 7.5 miles
Recommendation: 2 liters of water, sunblock, sunglasses, long sleeves
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