Day Hike Primer

We are so excited to be launching the 718 free hiking series . We will be getting out of the city by public transit and hitting the trails. We aim to explore a diversity of different parks, locations and boroughs to show just how close and accessible some fresh air and trees are. The hikes selected will offer a range of difficulty levels so make sure to check out the descriptions of each hike to get a sense of what the trail will be like, logistic details, what to bring, what to wear, and everything else you’re wondering. Hikes with Han will be led by me Han. I have scouted all the selected trails, I’m WAFA / CPR certified, fluent in maps and have been taking people on trails for eight years. Take a small break from that bike saddle and come hike with the 718 community. 

Group Gear:

Group gear is gear that I will personally be carrying on every hike for the group. This is to lighten your load and make sure that we are not carrying ten different types of first aid kits but instead only carrying what is necessary. Since I will be carrying the items listed below you don’t need too! 

  • First Aid Kit: I’ll be carrying the $12.00 Medical Supplies and Survival Tools Kit sold at 718. The kit includes 1 whistle, 1 mini compass, 10 antiseptic wound wipes, 18 different bandages, 8 dressing/gauze/sterile, 1 roll of tape, 1 elastic bandage, moleskin blister relief, tweezers, 2 triple antibiotic ointment, 2 after bite and itch relief wipe, 4 ibuprofen (200mg), 2 antihistamine, 4 acetaminophen (500mg), and 2 aspirin. 

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Spray

  • Scissors

  • Map of the hike

  • Compass

  • Ground tarp 


Individual Gear:

Individual must haves! (Stuff I am bringing and you should too):

Food and Water:

Everyone has different needs when it comes to food and water. You know yourself. Bring enough food and water to keep you fueled for five hours.  Always air on the side of caution with food and water as hiking while hangry is very dangerous and scary. Trust me… I know. 

  • Full 32oz Nalgene water bottle full of cold ice water

  • 2 Peanut Toffee Buzz Clif Bars

  • 2 Hard boiled eggs 

  • Packet of salt for my eggs

  • Bag of G.O.R.P. (good old raisins and peanuts)

  • Onion bagel with cream cheese

What to wear:

Depending on the predicted weather (yes, I use the Dark Sky weather app), I will be wearing the items listed below: 

  • Breathable running shorts or baggy pants

  • Short or long sleeve T-shirt

  • Long socks

  • Rain jacket. This is a must bring for me. Always stay prepared in these wild summer storms and throw a rain jacket in your bag just in case it pours. 

  • Sneakers. All of the hikes we are going on do not require big hefty hiking boots. Yes, there are some trails where you need to be cautious of footing, but all of the trails selected can be completed with regular sneakers. However! If you know your ankles and know they need support, give them some more support with hiking boots! I have suggestions of brands if you need. 

Backpacks:

No need to bring a big backpacking pack. A sturdy day pack will work great! I will be bring a day pack that holds 22 liters. 

Additional gear to consider:

  • Fully charged phone

  • Money for food post hike

  • Hiking poles. You can always find some sticks!

  • Spray bottle with a mini fan

  • Sweat rag

  • Waterproof bags for electronics

Hiking Scale:

718 bases our difficulty scale on mileage, elevation, and condition of trails. We are hiking to get outside, build community, and enjoy adventures together. We strongly believe in not leaving anyone behind. All of the hikes are picked because we believe if you eat enough, drink enough water, and go at the right pace, everyone (regardless of experience or fitness) can make it to the top and back. 

  • 1 HIKING BOOT: Extra easy hike that you can do if you have experience walking a few miles in the streets of Manhattan. 

  • 2 HIKING BOOT: Easy hike that is suitable for anyone who wants to walk long distances with a slight incline.

  • 3 HIKING BOOT: Moderate hike that's generally suitable for hikers who want a challenge. The terrain will involve a moderate incline and may have some steeper sections. 

  • 4 HIKING BOOT: Challenging hike that will cover significant millage and get your heart rate pumping. The terrain will often involve a steady and steep incline.

  • 5 HIKING BOOT: Extra challenging hike with more than six miles, significant elevation gain, and potential rock scrambles.