Pioneer Trek & How To Prep
Why Pioneer Trek?
The pioneer trek experience is all about gaining an appreciation and understanding for what the pioneers went through as they faithfully walked for thousands of miles across the American plains. Today it is hard to imagine what the pioneers sacrificed and the hardships they endured to get to the Salt Lake Valley. Pioneer trek gives us the opportunity to get a taste of what the pioneers suffered as they crossed rivers, climbed mountains, and faced severe weather while pulling handcarts to arrive at their new home.
The Pioneers Walked and Walked and Walked
Pulling a heavy handcart for up to fifteen miles a day is not easy and for this reason it is important for trekkers to be in good physical shape. To prepare for trek, walk at a steady pace for an hour several times a week for at least a month before going on trek. Also, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially when walking in the heat.
Put on your Walking Shoes
One of the most important ways to prepare for trek is making sure you have a good pair of comfortable walking shoes that are already broken in. Walking all day is hard on your feet and there is nothing worse than having uncomfortable shoes that don't fit right or give you blisters. One way to keep your feet dry is by wearing a good wool sock that will wick away sweat. It is also good to wear a thin nylon sock underneath your wool socks to prevent your foot from slipping.
Men and women should both wear long-sleeved, lightweight cotton shirts. Women’s skirts should go down to the calf with bloomers underneath. Men’s pants should be comfortable and fit loosely.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Western style wide brim hats are essential for protection from the elements. We also recommend several bandanas as they can serve multiple purposes such as protecting the neck from the sun, keeping dust out of the mouth and nose, wiping away sweat, and serving as a cooling cloth when dunked in cold water.
Ream's has all your pioneer trek needs. Come on in and let us help you find what you need. Use our checklist below to make sure you have all the essentials!