Hiking is one of the most popular and accessible ways to spend time outdoors in the summer, and although most of us hit the trail to enjoy some peace and solitude, odds are you'll eventually end up sharing the trail with others. As more people join the sport, we wanted to share a few golden rules to help us get along and stay safe.
WHO HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY?
Many of the trails are multi-use, that can mean pedestrians, dogs, mountain bikers, horses and even dirt bikes. Be aware of your surroundings at all times just in case you need to make a quick decision!
Mountain bikers always yield to hikers.
Hikers yield to horseback riders.
Downhill hikers yield to uphill hikers.
Mountain bikers have the right of way on bike-specific trails, be aware of what type of trail you're on.
MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN
When encountering other hikers and trail users, offer a friendly "hello" or a simple head nod. If you approach another trail user from behind, announce yourself in a warm, calm tone and let them know you want to pass. This creates a pleasant atmosphere on the trail and offers a sense of camaraderie - after all, everyone's here to have fun!
LEAVE NO TRACE
We're guests on these trails. Always do your part to minimize your impact!
And be prepared - because nature will call! A good rule of thumb is to go 200 feet away from any trail, campsite or water source. If that isn't possible without trampling sensitive vegetation or falling off a cliff, then do your best to find a private spot behind a rock or a tree so other trail users aren't caught off guard.
And the golden rule. Do not litter. Ever. That includes your toilet paper. Pack out what you pack in!
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE ESKER INSOLES FOR MY HIKING BOOTS?
Our goal is to provide our customers with everything they would expect from a premium, supportive orthotic insole combined with the technical performance and comfort of wool.
We're proud to provide support and comfort to athletes, professionals and weekend warriors. Here's what our customers are saying:
"Honestly these insoles have been incredible! I have a high arch and typically use Superfeet or alternate soles for additional support. I was a little sceptical these would be helpful but willing to try something different. I’m almost a year in now and happy to share that they have provided more than enough support for long days on my feet. They’ve been in Blundstones for the most part, but have highlife’d in ski boots, winter bike shoes, and hiking boots on long trips. Still in great shape, still supportive, and they don’t smell at all, so stoked on these!? - Brandon P.
"I had plantar fasciitis years ago, and I could feel some discomfort in my right heel starting a couple of months ago, so I ordered these insoles to see if they would help. I've been using them for about a month, and the pain is pretty much gone." - Cyndi D.
"Great fit, comfort & warmth for my biking shoes and steel toe work boots. Biking (commuting) to and from work in all conditions in Vancouver, BC, these insoles have given me extra comfort and warmth here in the cold, damp North Shore Mountains. My feet and shoes don't smell as they don't sweat. I highly recommend such a quality product." - Andy M.