A Guide to Hiking Gear
The hiking in Montana is, quite simply, tremendous. The numerous mountain
ranges, national parks and other remote corners of the state provide
virtually unlimited hiking possibilities in beautiful and varied terrain.
No matter the type of trails you like to hike on or the type of scenery
you want to see, Montana almost certainly has a hiking trail for you.
As I love hiking, and because hiking is often needed to reach excellent
fishing holes, I've put together this section on bigskyfishing that provices
information about the hiking gear you will want to have for an enjoyable
venture into the wilds of Montana. The hiking gear covered in this section
of the site goes into detail about the gear needed for day hiking. In
the future, a special backpacking gear section will also be created,
although many of the items covered here are applicable to backpacking
Hiking Gear Essentials
As Montana is a remote, mountainous and wild state, day hiking in Montana
requires a bit more hiking gear than is required in most other places
in the USA. Additionally, the remoteness of many areas of the state also
require a hiker to exercise a bit more common sense than is needed then
when hiking on popular eastern hiking trails.
For quick reference, listed below is what I would term "hiking
gear essentials" that a person should have on most hikes in Montana.
Clicking on any of the links from the list below will take you to a page
that provides much more information about each type of hiking gear product.
A good daypack can be a lifesaver when hiking. Unlike a "bookbag" or
cheap thing you find at Walmart, a good daypack can allow a hiker
to carry up to 20 lbs of bulky and awkward shaped gear in relative
comfort. Learn more about Day Packs.
Don't even think about hiking in Montana without a good hiking
boot. I'm always amazed at how many people wander around the
trails in Glacier National Park with just sandals. Learn
more about Hiking Boots.
Jacket : If you plan on hiking in Montana
during cooler weather, or in the higher elevations, a good
fleece jacket is pretty much a necessity. Fleece jackets
are a hikers best friend as they provide warmth and yet still
pack down small and light. Learn
more about Fleece Jackets.
||Rain Jackets :
A rain jacket is crucial to have when hiking in Montana, particularly
the mountainous areas. While Montana isn't the rainiest of states,
the mountains tend to receive much more moisture than the valleys.
Learn more about
||Hiking Pants :
Hiking pants aren't a crucial piece of hiking gear to have, but they
are sure handy to have around. Hiking pants are far better than blue
jeans for a hike in Montana as they are light, dry very quickly (and
are often waterproff), and easily convert to shorts on those days
when it is sunny and hot. Learn more
about Hiking Pants.
||Trekking Poles & Hiking
Staffs : Some people hate them, and others
love them. I am in the latter group and never leave for a hike
my trusty hiking staff. A hiking staff not only makes hiking
far safer, it makes it less fatiguing, too. Plus a hiking staff
is a great way to pace yourself. Learn
more about Hiking Staffs.
Sunglasses are essential for hiking in Montana or where ever else
be lots of sun, such as on the beach, at high elevations or in the
desert. In this section information about Sunglasses and the Sun's
harmful rays is provided. Learn
more about Sunglasses.
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