Revelstoke is home to many a fantastic hiking trails, from lower altitude forest trails to the high alpine scrambling. Revy Outdoors store manager Maryjoy Marshall shares some sound advice for those looking to spend time this autumn in the great outdoors.
“First thing I would recommend sounds pretty basic but is really important,” says Marshall. “Wear the right base next to the body layer.”
The goal is to find something comfortable that wicks away moisture. A favourite for many is a merino wool. “Though there are other alternatives, one is a brand called Kinisi that uses something called active cotton. This is a really viable alternative and has been awarded a top innovation in fabric development, and it’s made here in Canada,” Marshall explains.
The next thing to consider, Marshall suggests, is proper footwear. “It sounds basic, but regardless of wearing an excellent brand, if they don’t fit your feet or the level of activity you’ll be doing, it is going to potentially ruin your day.”
Multi-day trip hiking shoes offer more support and are generally heavier with a more defined tread. If you’re a trail runner, like Marshall, something lightweight is key. “If I’m doing short distances, I love the Five Finger Toes runners,” says Marshall. “If I was doing longer distances, I’d be after a runner with a higher level of support.”
Knowing how to layer, especially as the weather cools, is important. “A basic beginner recommendation in the autumn is a base layer, an insulating layer and a protective shell,” explains Marshall.
Learning how to pack properly and efficiently is important. Additionally, take the time to measure your back and purchase a pack that fits you.
“Packs are available to people with long backs, short backs, wide backs, you name it,” says Marshall. “If you purchase a pack made for someone with a long back and you have a short one, it may never be comfortable to carry.”
Additionally, a poorly packed bag adds unnecessary discomfort.
Finally, Marshall emphasizes the use of common sense.
“No matter how much time you spend outdoors, or if you are going to a place you know really well, don’t feel you can skip bringing hydration or a first aid and emergency kit,” says Marshall. “No matter what your level of experience and skill, weather, accidents and animals can surprise you. Every first aid kit should have a blister pack tossed in. Every emergency kit should have a whistle, matches, and an emergency blanket.”
Marshall encourages people to ask questions.
“There is nothing wrong with learning and expanding your knowledge before you get out there,” she says.
Everyone is welcome to come in to Revy Outdoors with their questions. “From packing a bag to figuring out what kind of gear you want to bring,” Marshall says. “We are here to help.”