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A guide to happy hiking!

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If you’re keen to discover the Oisans region ‘s hiking paths, listen up; we’ve got a few tips to help you make the absolute most of it!

1) Before you leave
Before you set out on a «great expedition», it’s worth preparing your body by doing some sporting activity. Physical preparation is really important because altitude makes every effort you make doubly tiring. If you don’t normally do much sport, you could start by using the stairs instead of the lift, riding your bike instead of taking your car, and walking to places. Let’s get moving!

2) Choosing the right equipment
- The right walking shoes:
The 1st and MOST important step is to choose shoes that suit your body type. Your feet will soon notice the difference and will thank you for it! Shoes that come up high, protecting your ankles without making your foot feel restricted are just the thing. Remember to lace them up properly to make sure you don’t get blisters. And for your well-being (and that of those around you) don’t forget to dry your shoes in a well-ventilated area at the end of the day…
- The right rucksack:
There are several things you need to take into account when choosing a rucksack: its volume (in litres), its organisational options, how comfortable it is to carry, how heavy it is and what accessories it offers. It needs to be suitable for the type of hike you will be doing (duration, altitude difference, camping, season…). Only carry what you really need otherwise it will get too heavy and hurt your back or shoulders … that’s the last thing you want when out hiking!
- Suitable clothing:
So that you feel comfortable and prepared for all temperatures, make sure you wear layers: a short sleeve t-shirt + a lightweight technical jumper + a fleecy top + waterproofs that you can slip into your rucksack in case it rains. Have a look at the Ortovox web site, where you’ll find lots of practical mountain clothing!
- The right food:
Choose nutritious, filling food that doesn’t take up much room (freeze-dried packs are good if you’re away for several days). Don’t forget to take snacks to give you a boost when you need it: dried fruit and sugar are good for giving you energy! And last but not least, to avoid straining or damaging your tendons, make sure you drink at least 2 to 3 litres of water a day!

3) Choose your route carefully but don’t go it alone
Check out your route on a map, bearing in mind that altitude difference is more important than kilometres in the mountains. As a rule of thumb, walking at an average pace you will probably cover about 300 metres of uphill incline in an hour and about 500 metres of descent in the same amount of time. Check that the mountain refuges are open and book your overnight stay and dinner, it would be a shame to have to sleep outside... Don’t hesitate to go with a mountain guide, especially if you are a beginner!

4) Check the weather forecast
The weather can change quickly in the mountains. Check the forecast at the Tourist Office before you head off and avoid hiking when the weather is unsettled or stormy.

5) Our top tip
- Take a few plastic bags with you to put your things in if it rains. You’ll be pleased to have dry clothes! You can also use the bags to put your rubbish in and keep our beautiful mountains clean and tidy!
- Newspaper can be very useful to dry the insides of your shoes and also to keep you warm by putting underneath your jumper.
- If you sleep with socks on, wear the ones you plan to use the next day so they are warm when you put your shoes on.
- Always pack a survival blanket, knife, some string, a lighter and a mini first aid pack in your rucksack.

Now you’re ready to discover the most beautiful hikes around Les 2 Alpes ! Our last top tip: make sure you enjoy every minute!
PS: Feel free to share your hiking pics with us, either on Facebook or Instagram (@2alpes #l2aforever)!