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沙漠徒步旅行

沙漠徒步旅行与其他地形的徒步旅行有很大的不同。在本页中,您将发现一些技巧和工具,以增强我们的经验。

The Unique Rewards of Hiking in the Desert

如果你不熟悉的话,你可能认为沙漠很热,干燥的,苛刻,危险,不太吸引人。相反,we find desert hiking to beextremely rewarding and pleasurable for several reasons:

  1. Pleasant temperatures.沙漠并不总是很热。避开夏天。冬天的气温很高。On the warmest days you can plan your hikes to avoid thehottest part of the day.
  2. 没有咬飞虫is especially appreciated by those from northern states and provinces where weare plagued by mosquitoes and black flies for most of our hiking season.
  3. 越野远足。沙漠地形可以让你看到数英里,因此邀请海金根在没有小径的地区。没有树木和更少的植被,穿越沙漠,保持一个遥远的目的地在视线中是很容易的。
  4. Diversity of terrain.We sometimes refer to our tours of the American Southwest as "Erosion Tours."Every area has been affected differently and carved by years of water,风蚀和冰蚀。土地形成的变化包括:峡谷,天然桥梁、拱门,窗户,pinnacles,凝灰岩,槽峡谷胡须,荒地和沙丘等等。An amazing diversity of unique forms all waiting to beexplored and photographed.
  5. 孤独。在广阔的沙漠景观中,你会发现很多这样的东西。
  6. 全景图。Desert hiking offers countless opportunities to climb rock mountains to gainvantage points for a great view.
  7. Plants and animals.沙漠是各种各样的生命形式的家园,这些生命形式在其他地方并不存在。

Overcoming Desert Hiking Obstacles

除了热,there are other reasons to limit desert hiking to the wintermonths.

  • 你仍然需要携带大量的饮用水,尽管温度比不上高温,但它不必让你感到沉重。我们发现,使用腰包可以让我们携带足够的水进行一天大概6或8小时的徒步旅行(每人2升足量的1升Nalgenes)。With the weight directly overour hips,we barely notice we're carrying any weight at all.
  • Most people are afraid of snakes but the poisonous variety,响尾蛇,大部分沙漠徒步旅行都是在冬天才见到的,只有当天气变热,春天变夏时才会出现。Eventhen,常识和谨慎可以帮助你避免遭遇。
  • 由于大部分雨水都是在夏季季风季节下的,在冬季,山洪暴发的危险并不很大。即便如此,it's important to checkthe weather forecast for the entire area if you're hiking through a slotcanyon.一场山洪暴发是由于雨水聚集而引起的,雨水可以从很远的地方落下来。Don't William Hill中国官网camp in washes and remember that just because it's notraining where you are,doesn't mean you're safe from a flash flood unlessyou're on high ground.
  • 沙漠中的大多数植物都长有刺或仙人掌的刺,但是由于植被也是稀疏的(除了在水洗中),所以即使你在小路上徒步旅行,它也很容易被看见,而且通常是可以避免的。

Essential Desert Hiking Tools

As with any activity,the right tools make a big difference.Fortunately hikingisn't an expensive sport and you don't have to spend a lot of money.We'vefound excellent deals on barely used,几乎是新的徒步旅行,背包旅行,andWilliam Hill中国官网camping gear.

这是我们发现的一些很好的东西,如果没有徒步旅行的话就不会有。就像我在这个网站上所做的任何建议一样,将成本归入节俭(物有所值)类别。

兰迪在犹他州戴着他的“冷却领”

Randy wearing his "cool collar" while hiking
in Natural Bridges National Park.

冷却带An inexpensive way to stay cool that really works.Just soak this specialsilicone-crystal-filled bandana in water for about ½ hour before you startyour hike and it will cool you for the entire day.它在沙漠条件下尤其适用。当你远足的时候,每快给大手帕一圈,让你的脖子露出凉爽的一面。


Carrying my Misty Mate at Lee's Ferry

I'm carrying my purple Misty Mate over my shoulder in this photo
在李的渡口徒步旅行。

Misty Mate Pump

另一个让我们在炎热的天气保持凉爽的工具。它需要携带另一件物品,but we never regret it because it's lightweight,uses regular tapwater,requires no batteries and can be strapped across your shoulder orwaist.我们有10盎司的泵,它可以让我们在一整天的徒步旅行中保持凉爽。(天气炎热,在水里加冰。)它也可以作为紧急备用水源。迷雾伴侣makes a personal,便携式空气冷却器,可将温度降低30度以上,不需要电池或电源。

Randy with his hiking poles,Arches NP

兰迪相信他的登山杖能帮助他调整入口的大小。
在拱门国家公园的火热的火炉远足。

可折叠的登山杆

(也称为徒步旅行的电线杆)你可以花很多钱在这些上面,but we'vediscovered a great find made by Swiss Gear and sold in the sporting section atWal-Mart stores.They're shock absorbent and work great for a fraction of thecost.Only $10.00 compared to other poles,在大多数的装配工那里,价格是80.00美元到100.00美元。真是一个节俭的发现。这里有一些反馈from other users.

有些人只用一根登山杖。我们用两个,强烈推荐。洞可以让我们走得更快,assist in the uphill,给我们信心,provide stability for stream crossings,and we can use them to bangthe rocks and make enough noise to warn snakes when desert hiking,或其他动物(熊在熊国)的到来。

腰包:
白天徒步旅行的最佳背包

我们是动物。As such,我们的臀部是用来负重的…我们的背部不是。如果你使用背包,make sure it is built to rest on your hips.For day hikes,we prefer a waist pack for several reasons:

  • Prevents strain on your back and neck.
  • Allows air circulation on your back so you stay cooler.
  • 把你的主要重量(水)平均分配到你的两个小时。
  • 拥有一天徒步旅行所需的所有必需品。
  • Keeps your water bottles within easy reach on the outside of the pack,preventing any leaking onto items in the pack
兰迪的腰包
This gives you an idea of the size of the waist pack (and Randy's best side) as we hike through Chiricahua National Monument.

一个腰包,两边各能装一公升水,而且里面有足够的空间供你吃午饭,下面建议的衣服和物品比一个小的范妮风格的包更好,除了水上水壶什么也装不下。Buy a mid-size (8 to 10 L) pack.The difference in cost is minimal,yet it will allow you the room to bring the items you need.

The larger size waist pack is still very light when empty.即使是在最短的一天徒步旅行中,我们也发现这是最简单的方法,只需携带一瓶水,have our hands free,and not have to remember to bring our essentialfirst aid-supplies since they're always in the pack.在这种情况下,我们两人之间就拿着巨石腰包。

对于沙漠徒步旅行,I suggest always keeping the following items in your pack(See the tips below as to why): Lightweight nylon wind jacket,尼龙防风裤,刀,打火机,梳子,防晒霜,针和线,string,小镜子,罗盘,彩色粉笔,band-aids and alcohol wipes.如果你总是把这些东西放在包里,你只需要加上午餐和水就可以了。

越野沙漠徒步旅行小贴士

这里有一些实用的替代用途,我们已经想出的项目,我们真正准备进行我们的远足。

  • 尼龙防风夹克和裤子。穿上这些保护你的衣服和皮肤,当你找到你的方式过去往往生长在洗涤灌木。尼龙不会像普通衣服那样粘在荆棘上。
  • 梳子将帮助您移除一个嵌入的仙人掌倒钩。
  • 数码相机。用你的相机记录你的路线。At key points along the way,我们为身后的风景拍照。When we're coming back we can call up thephotos on the screen if we've got any doubts as to which direction we camefrom.(如果你想把它作为一个导航工具,一定要带上备用电池。)
  • 彩色粉笔另一个越野徒步旅行工具。在关键点的岩石上留下你的印记。下一场雨会把它冲走的;so if you expect rain today,don't rely on thismethod.另一种方法是在战略地点建造岩石凯恩斯(也称为鸭子)。
  • 罗盘和地形图在沙漠中迷路是一种危及生命的严重情况。尽管上述方法可能对你有所帮助,you should not rely solely on them to keep youfrom getting lost.All off-trail hiking poses extra hazards and even anexperienced desert hiker also needs to carry a罗盘,以及该地区的地形图GPS内置追踪功能,方便徒步旅行。And carrying them is not enough.You need to know how to use them!

Here are some basic beginner's tips for使用指南针and reading a地形图。

即使是女人,独自在沙漠中徒步旅行并不一定很吓人。退房Hiking Lady,为一些有用的徒步旅行小贴士。

Properly equipped,每个人都可以享受沙漠徒步旅行的体验!


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