Is Anyone Bringing a Compass?


Whenever my family and I are planning to celebrate a birthday or special event, we always strive to do some sort of physical activity paired with relaxation.

Since I was young it’s always been our nature to break a sweat before enjoying some down time or good food.

This past weekend my mother, both my sisters and I, celebrated my big sister Lisa’s 40th birthday. We had a “girls day” as we like to call it. How did we spend our day? Of course we went on a day hike – broke a sweat and then soaked in hot springs as a reward for the hard work.


In situations like this, I feel lucky to live in Reno. We have so many hiking trails, and beautiful mountains that surround us.

We packed our lunches and head out around 8:30 a.m. to Ophir Creek Trail. The weather held out, although it was a bit windy, the sun was out and we had a day full of fun, laughter and sweat!

OphirPhoto Source: Weekend Wanderluster

We hiked for about two hours. For day hikes like this, as I mentioned in my last post – always plan; I would recommend these 5 tips to make your day enjoyable:

  1. Layer – Layering is important in making sure your day hiking is pleasant. I would bring all these layers even on a simple day hike, especially in Nevada. The weather changes so often and quickly. Here is how to layer properly:
    1. Base Layer: is the layer that keeps you dry. This layer should never be cotton. Cotton does not pull the sweat away from your body. A good type of fabric for a base layer I would recommend, is SmartWool. 
    2. Middle Layer: is the layer that helps insulate and retains heat by trapping air close to your body. Fleece or polyester would be my recommendation for this layer.
    3. Shell Layer: is the layer that protects you from the wind, snow, and rain. This layer is important in bad weather. You want to make sure it is waterproof.
  2. Pack plenty of water – It’s always good to carry plenty of water, and it’s just as important to make sure you are fully hydrated before heading out.
  3. Bring snacks – Since this is only a day hike, I don’t think you need to get too carried away. However, it is a good idea to have items like: nuts, fruit, or some sort of energy/protein bar to give you fuel during the hike.
  4. Sunscreen – even on days that seem like it the sun is hiding, wear sunscreen.
  5. Tell someone where you are going – You should always tell loved ones or friends of where you will be and timeframes.

These are some very basic rules to help you enjoy your day out on the trails. Of course, you can get as detailed as you like. I even wear my polar to track my heart rate and distances. Having a GPS and map are a good idea too.

Advice from my little sister Hannah – it’s wise to carry a compass.


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