Breaking in a new hiker/camper
Teaching the skills of hiking and camping to a person who has never gone before is a gift they will never forget.
So, you want to go hiking with someone, but none of your usual hiking buddies are going to be around on the day you want to go.
Who better to go hiking and camping with than a family member or friend?
You have a friend who you think would enjoy going on a hiking/camping trip, but has never gone before. You asked them if they would be interested in going with you and they said yes!
What can you do to make sure your friend's first hiking/camping experience a good one?
If you're an experienced hiker/camper the best thing you can do for them is to make sure they have fun on their first trip!
Having fun will most likely ensure that they will want to go again. When planning the trip, make sure to add in some exciting activities that they will want to do over and over again on future hikes.
The Planning Stages
When you are planning everything out, keep in mind that your friend’s experience level is probably zero. This means they know very little (or perhaps nothing) about the gear they will need.
You will also have to remind them that the sleeping accommodations are not going to be as pristine clean as a 5-star hotel. While they should already know this, they might not be thinking about that. You don’t want them to have a rude awakening to this fact upon arrival to the campground!
Make a list of all of the gear your friend will need for this trip. Then, find out if your friend has any gear at all. If not, go shopping with them to help them choose the gear they will need.
Another alternative is to rent or borrow the needed gear.
You will need to take care of all the food shopping and cooking for both f you.
If you will be camping and hiking, you will need to make the campsite reservations in advance and maybe do a few little extra things to make sure your friend is comfortable.
Sleeping outside can be quite a shock to someone who is not used to it.
Items that will ease them into this new experience, such as a pillow, an extra sleeping pad, earplugs, hand sanitizer and a good camping chair can make a huge
If your friend has never camped before at all, car camping might be a better introduction than a backpacking trip. Many campgrounds have picnic tables, restrooms and other amenities.
If your friend enjoys their first trip, they most likely will want to go again. Over time, you can take them on longer trips and introduce them to the backcountry.
Congratulations, you now have a new hiking/camping partner!!
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