The days are getting longer! We’re finally seeing a few hours of sunlight before + after we head into the office. This can only mean one thing — summer is coming! The longer days mean we have more time to get outside to soak up Vitamin D. The trails are ready + waiting for us whether we’re taking a day pack, a tent or a mountain bike. However, there are a few things to take into consideration before you head outside to hit the dirt ribbon.
Start Out Easy + Build Endurance
Yes, we know the weather is gorgeous + the trails are screaming your name. It’s hard to resist the urge to chase down every sunrise + sunset you can. But reign it in. Take it easy + give your body some time to adjust to the added miles.
If you take jump right into a massive jump in time on your feet you’ll put yourself at risk for injury + burn out. Sounds ominous, but it’s more likely than you’d expect, especially the burn out. It’s exciting to get out there + soak up the sunshine, but ramp up your adventures slowly so your body can acclimate. Before you know it your body will be back on board + ready for the epic summery adventures!
Avoid Muddy Trails
There is one downfall of melting snow in the spring…it leads to very muddy trails. While muddy trails may be fun to slip + slide around on but it’s actually really bad for the trails. Running, hiking or biking on muddy trails do a lot of damage. It may seem silly, but adding aggressive tracks to muddy trails leads to changes in water erosion + overall trail performance.
Worst case scenario, if you ever come across muddy stretches of trail — walk THROUGH the mud. That’s what trail shoes/boots are for. Going around the wet bits of trail will widen the trail + that leads to excessive erosion as well.
In short, if you’re jonesing to get outside + see that the trail are muddy…hit the pavement. It’s not quite as much fun, but you’ll be thankful when you still have fully functional trails after they dry out. This is where we make a few sacrifices for the sake of our future on the trails!
Be Prepared for Weather
When you venture out onto the spring trails remember you’re headed out into spring weather as well. This means you may end up with a sunny morning + a rainy afternoon. Be sure to put your day pack to use by stashing along a warm layer + a waterproof layer…just in case.
While you’re at it, take a second look at your kit of ‘10 essentials’ + make sure they’re appropriate for the season. Refresh your sunscreen stash, replace your hand warmers, add new batteries + make sure you have everything you need for the spring weather. Oh + be sure your headlamps are ready to go — you never know when the sun will set faster than you hike!
Soak Up New Life
Guess what happens in the spring?! Babies + wildflowers + tree buds + all sorts of new life! All of the cute, fluffy + colorful bits of nature are popping up to wow us. When you venture out to explore remember to soak up all of the fresh, new life that is sprouting up all around you.
As you’re hiking give yourself time to stop + smell the flowers. Keep your eyes open for baby wildlife [but remember to NOT get between parents + babies]. Stop to take photos of budding trees. All of this new life is the most beautiful part of the spring — fresh, clean, new. Soak it up + bask in the wonder of life…then carry on with your own adventure.
There are so many things to look forward to as the weather changes with the seasons. It’s exciting + new + full of sunshine. We want to make sure we can enjoy every minute we can outside. These tips will help you take full advantage of the longer days, but it’s not all inclusive.