Stunning peaks and lots of fresh air: the mountains are calling! Whether you plan to go at a slow pace or not, pop on your walking shoes and hit the great outdoors. But if you don't want to end up with aches and pains, it's vital you have the right gear.
First of all, invest in a lightweight daypack to carry your bits and bobs. Use it to carry necessary belongings, according to how long your hike will last.
The watchword? Hydration! Whether you go solo or in a group, make sure you have plenty of water to keep you hydrated during your walk. Likewise for food such as cereal bars to replenish your energy when you take a well-earned break.
Protect yourself from the sun by applying a sunscreen and wearing a cap and sunglasses. For a comfy hike, wear lightweight clothes, but keep a warm garment in your daypack if you're at a high altitude.
Finally, wear suitable sports shoes (running or hiking) so that you don't end up with blistered feet. You're now ready to scale the nearest peak!