Night hikes are one of the scariest things a newbie hiker can try out. Some people are highly against it, while others say that it is no different than any day hike. If you want to try hiking at night with your buddies, but you still need a little convincing, I highly encourage you to read about these 5 things to know about night hikes.
In this article, you will learn about what you could expect, experience, as well as how you could properly prepare for a night hike. Hopefully by the end of this article, you will find the courage to take an outdoor adventure in the darkness of the night.
5 Things No One Told You About Night Hikes
Alright! As mentioned above, this section will contain a list of the things no one ever told you about night hikes. Feel like you already know what to expect out of this thrilling adventure? Let’s just how much you already know!
Take a quick look at these items below and see what you will be signing up for if you decide to go on a night hike.
1. It’s Not Always Dark
Plenty of people don’t like going to night hikes because of the dark. Well yes, the path can be dark and not visible from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be walking through pitch black darkness the whole time.
If you were to hike on rolling hills or somewhere where there’s a field, your eyes would be able to adjust and you would see just enough of the path to appreciate its wonders.
If you want to experience a truly picturesque night hike, I suggest hiking during the full moon. The moon can sometimes be so bright it can make the terrain look like something out of a romantic twilight movie.
Try hiking on a park or somewhere where there’s flat terrain first. Exposing yourself to easier terrain during night hikes will ease you into the experience.
Also make sure that you have a buddy with you if it’s your first time. Going on a night hike alone is not recommended as there aren’t as many people hiking during the night as there is in the day. This means that if anything happens to you, it would not be likely for someone to pass by the path you’ve taken and get you some help.
2. You Can Take Magical Photos At The Summit
Whether you like living in the moment or taking lots of photos of your trips, you have to admit that great photos of good memories are always worth taking, even if you have to stay in a single spot longer during your hike.
Taking photos of the summit at night can lead to truly magical photos, especially if you plan to hike somewhere cold enough for the aurora borealis or northern lights to show up.
If you happen to hike somewhere with an overlooking view of the city, you will be able to take wonderful shots of the busy city lights below.
Plenty of people say that taking photos of night hikes suck since all they get is a shot with black figures and silhouettes. But I beg to disagree. Take my word for it, it all lies in the settings.
You don’t even have to have a professional camera. Even though a professional DSLR can definitely take better photos, it doesn’t mean you can get a nice shot with your phone or a great hiking camera. Just download some apps or play with your phone’s camera settings. You’ll get it right.
Needless to say, if you like posting your hiking photos online, you will have plenty of wonderful photos to post if you try hiking at night. Trust me, it’s like nothing you’ve seen in day hikes before.
3. You Won’t Sweat And Get Tired As Much
Since the temperature at night is way more cooler than daytime temperatures because of the sun’s absence, you may or may not sweat as much. This can be great news for people who sweat a lot. This means you may not have to bring as much extra clothing to keep your body dry.
Another thing I have noticed about night hikes is that I don’t get tired easily. It may be because of the refreshing cool breeze of the night that keeps me going. But hey, that’s just me and some of my friends as I have observed during our previous night hikes.
If the same doesn’t happen for you, just take note of moving at a slow pace. If your friends seem to move faster, don’t hesitate to ask at least one of them to stay behind with you.
It’s always wiser to move at a slow pace to avoid injuries and to have a hiking buddy that can help you around if you happen to go off the trail.
4. Headlights And Flashlights Can Be Your New Best Friends
I clearly remember the first time I went on a night hike. I was totally unprepared. I depended on my friends for the right stuff, A.K.A headlights and flashlights. The problem was, we didn’t have enough for everybody in our group. So I ended up walking between two of my friends who had their own lights. It was okay at first, but as soon as we got to rougher terrain, I immediately made a mental note not to go night hiking without one again.
Even if the moon is full and you’re hiking on easy terrain, never forget to bring a headlight or a flashlight.
Perfect 20/20 vision wouldn’t be able to get you through the dark without a little light. So don’t ever think that you can get by just fine without one. Trust me, without a flashlight or a headlight, you will trip countless times. Just bring one for yourself to avoid injury.
Headlights can cost a bit more than flashlights. If you are currently on a budget, you want want to look for the best aa flashlights since those cost way less. Plus, you can easily bring a couple of aa batteries for backup.
5. Setting Camp Under The Stars Is Addicting
Whatever your reason for night hiking maybe, you will definitely come out of your night hike experience addicted starlit skies.
The first night hike I had maybe a bit difficult due to my lack of a flashlight or headlight, but as soon as we set up camp one look at the sky has overwhelmed me enough to make me forget about my difficult hike.
What I loved the best about night hikes is that the skies aren’t just filled with billions of stars for your eyes to see, but shooting stars as well! If you live in the city or the suburbs, I’m sure you will highly appreciate the sight of countless shooting stars. It’s certainly like something out of a movie.
If you have a lot of friends with you, I suggest you take a hammock instead of a tent so that you’d be able to fall asleep as you star gaze.
Though the hammock vs. tent thing is a factor that would depend on your personal preference, I suggest you try to at least bring your sleeping bag out for star gazing if you want to sleep inside your tent. You may also want to get a tent with a see through mesh to get a full view of the sky and protection from insects as well.
All hyped for your next night hike? I sure hope you are! Remember, night hikes aren’t as terrible as some people say. If you come to a night hike fully prepared, you will be able to enjoy nature’s wonders that you would never experience during the day.
Just keep in mind to never forget your headlights and flashlight as well as your hiking buddy to ensure your overall safety.
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