Trekking

Trails and Scenic Views

TREKKING

Trekking through nature on your own two legs is the best and only real way to experience the outdoors from the inside. Dimensione Attiva has created new itineraries and excursions that will allow you to get the most out of your trekking holidays. Climbing up a scenic mountaintop at sunset, hiking through colourful woods in autumn, going down to the sea to find secluded and uncontaminated bays are all examples of what you can see and the emotions that you can experience.

Trekking advice

We suggest wearing layers.

Base layer: your first layer will touch your skin, so it needs to allow your skin to breath correctly (we do not recommend wearing natural fibers like cotton) and the weight should be taken into consideration based on the season.

Second or mid-layer: it should be one or more layers, such as a turtleneck or a light or medium weight long sleeved shirt; you can also wear a waistcoat or an appropriate technical jacket based on the season.

Third layer: the most outer layer is usually a waterproof and windproof jacket (also known as a shell jacket): you will need this layer in case of bad weather or adverse climatic conditions and it would be best if it were made out of Goretex or other similar materials. They should be light so that once they are folded they won’t take up much space in your backpack. You should also add a down jacket for the colder seasons or zones, which come in different weights and models. It’s even possible find some types that become quite small when folded. A valid alternative to a down jacket could be synthetic filled jackets.

For the lower half of your body, we suggest long trousers made out of a technical material that will allow you to move freely, and in case they get wet, they will dry quickly. For summer wear, we suggest trousers that can be converted to shorts by removing the bottom half. For cold climates or adverse weather conditions, you can wear lightweight waterproof trousers to put over your trousers or you can wear thermal underpants.

Hiking socks (ergonomic and with different areas of cushioning) – we recommend these compared to cotton socks.

An ergonomic backpack with straps that can wrap around your waist; a 25-30 litre capacity is suitable for a day trip.

Footwear: we suggest wearing high cut hiking boots, giving protection to your ankles, with an adequate outsole made out of Goretex or something similar. For lighter walks or for hotter places you can also wear low cut cut hiking shoes with outsoles suitable for trekking.

A backpack cover in case it rains. Collapsible trekking poles (according to your tastes)

In this section, we give some general tips and a list of  accessories to help you to avoid unpleasant situations.

We suggest keeping a change of clothes in your backpack (a shirt), which could be useful when you sweat or get wet.

Bring a hat to protect your head from the sun and/or from the cold. Remember that if you are in the mountains, it could be cold not only in the winter, but in the summer as well.

Be sure to have sunglasses with a filter category of 3 (all sunglasses should have the category written on them, ranging from 1 to 4). This level is ideal for most outdoor activities.

Consider the period of the year and the geographical zone of where you will be walking. A pair of gloves could be useful.

Sunscreen and protective lip balm, which give you protection from UV rays during summer activities and from the wind as well.

Your water bottle will be very important. A one litre bottle is best for day trips. For hotter places you could get a 2 lt or higher capacity bottle and consider adding electrolytes to your drinks.

Packing food is very personal and you need to consider your needs and tastes.  Keep in mind that dinner will be served in the various tourist facilities (i.e. hotels) hosting us, so the food that we are talking about regards the meals that you will eat during the outings. You should therefore choose the food and the quantities keeping in mind that a heavy backpack could have a negative impact on your trip. So it’s a good idea to evaluate the quantities, weights and sizes. Energy bars are a good option because they take up little space while providing an adequate amount of energy. If you choose more traditional foods, it’s better to choose foods rich in carbohydrates.

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