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Ready for fall hikes?

Domaine International de Rouville

Fall is in full swing in Quebec and it's the ideal time to go hiking in our many breathtaking Montérégie landscapes. However, are you equipped to maximize this outdoor experience?

- First, we need to focus on the shoe.

This is the basis ! Having a good hiking boot is essential and will determine whether the activity will be comfortable from start to finish and whether you will end the day in pain. The boot must be strong and, above all, must support the ankles while allowing your feet to breathe. Choose leather for its flexibility, resistance and relative waterproofing. The more you walk in your leather boot, the more it will adjust to your foot, providing you with all the comfort you need to complete your hike. Synthetic leather can also be a more affordable solution, while still maintaining similar properties. And no, it’s not a myth, you have to “break in” your walking boot! Planning a few outdoor walks before going hiking will make your task easier.

- Now, let's talk about the backpack.

Not too big, not too small, make sure your bag allows you to bring the essentials depending on the level of difficulty and duration of your hike. If you are going on an expedition for a few days, aim for a bag of 75 to 100 liters and if you are leaving for less than 24 hours, opt instead to have a bag of 15 to 35 liters in order to bring a bottle of water, a raincoat, change of clothes and snacks. Be sure to adjust the size of your backpack, which will allow you to carry your load as comfortably as possible.

- It's almost a cliché: the famous walking sticks, do they work or not?

Whether you are an amateur or a regular, these can definitely help you. In addition to allowing you to keep your balance, they will help you better distribute your weight and that of your backpack. Your knees and hips will thank you! If you use proper walking poles, you could reduce your level of muscle fatigue by almost 30% in addition to working your upper body during your hike.

The nature here is so beautiful, especially at this time of year. Hiking is one of the best ways to admire it. Whether it's for a short walk in the forest or climbing a mountain, make sure you have the right equipment so you can make the most of your time outdoors!

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