Burdened with the challenge of mixing a feminine outlook with the practicalities of a good hike? Me too, but this can be simple, you just need to note the basics.
Walking trainers. The boots are chunky and hot, the sandals seep in water. Just go with the walking trainer.
TIP: You can wear pop-socks for gentle walks.
You’re probably going to be on varying gradients and weather will turn; with this so can your levels of cloth.
Start with a light base: t-shirt, or a simple strappy top.
TIP: Carry a light weight waterproof jacket with a hood for when the rain pours and you get chilly.
HUG THE BITS THAT COUNT AND KEEP THE REST LOOSE
This differs for everyone, but generally tight hiking gear just gets sweaty. I go for trousers that zip at varying levels to alternate between a long leg, quarter length or shorts for different temperatures on route. These hug the bum and that’s about as much hugging needed.
TIP: Alternatively those jogging trousers you don’t mind getting messy are a comfy and loose way to handle an easy trek.
Note: If you know it’s going to be a snowy mountain top leggings can be a warm under-layer.