Kerry Hiking Tours with Earth's Edge

A beginner’s guide to mountain trekking

Ready to accumulate vertical, but short on skills? This is the perfect guide to hiking for beginners!

Pack light

You do not need a clean outfit every day! Choose fabrics that don’t absorb moisture and avoid cotton. The packing guide provided by us when you book a trip is all you need!

Hiking for beginners

Pay the little extra.

Invest in good quality gear and it will last you for many trips to come. This I find especially true for hiking boots and sleeping bags. No one likes blisters or to be cold when you’re high on a mountain at -10c.

Get your equipment from well known and trusted brands. Shops like The Great Outdoors in Dublin have staff who are experts and will help you get the right gear!

Hiking boots

You don’t need a medical supply.

There is an accompanying doctor on the trip.  A few basics like paracetamol, Dioralyte and antihistamines will suffice.

Walking poles are a must.

Having never used them in the past I was a little bit hesitant to break them out but after the first hour of getting the hang of it they were my new best friends.

HIking poles

Learn or bring some games.

Card games or 20 questions are great when the group are all together in the evenings. The group really bonds and you get a good laugh at all the competitiveness.

Hiking for beginners

Make friends.

Let go of your inhibitions and just say “Hi”. You’d be amazed at the diversity of people in the group and the amazing stories your fellow hikers have to share.

Hiking mates


Take your time.

There is no rush and this isn’t a race. There is no chocolate cake waiting for you at camp! Take in the views and appreciate where you are, chances are you will never be here again. Take the scenery in and admire nature’s beauty.

Pack a few snacks.

Trail mix and protein bars were a favourite of mine. The days can be long and while your meals are well prepared, it’s nice to have your own snacks to tuck into for some extra energy.

We put together an article on hiking nutrition too, it’s a good read, we promise!

Energy bars for hiking

It’s mind over matter.

Yes, hiking can be physically demanding but if you are determined and have a positive attitude you will make it. Keep negative thoughts at home.

Hiking friends


10. Hydration is Key.

Water is the key to life and while hiking your aiming to consume 4 litres a day. It is essential for avoiding altitude sickness & dehydration. I found having a bladder the easiest way to hydrate.

We hope this guide to hiking for beginners was useful. If there’s anything we missed out on, let us know!

If you’re interested in joining us on our upcoming expeditionscontact us today!

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