The Ultimate Hiking Gear Quiz

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About This Quiz

Hiking is a very healthy way to enjoy the outdoors, but you need to have the right gear. The difference between the right boots and the wrong ones, for example, can be days of painful blisters and sore feet. Do you know the things every serious hiker considers essential? Take our quiz to learn more about hiking gear.

Which of these is considered a health benefit of hiking?

The cardiovascular benefits of walking are well-documented, and hiking is a very demanding form of walking.

Which American president was an avid hiker?

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was a nature lover who very much enjoyed hiking.

It has been claimed that hiking provides which of these psychological benefits?

Psychological research has found that people who hike might actually be more caring than those who do not.

What makes hiking more difficult than walking?

What really distinguishes hiking from walking is the terrain, which tends to place far greater demands on the hiker than a regular walk would.

What does the Middle English word "hicchen" mean?

The word hike likely comes from the Middle English word hicchen, which means "to move in a jerky manner."

How many essential hiking items are there?

There are 10 essential hiking items that every hiker should have before venturing into the great outdoors: a topographic map, a compass, sunglasses and sunscreen, extra clothing, a flashlight, first-aid supplies, a firestarter, matches, a knife, extra food and water.

What is the name of the group that first put together the list of 10 essentials?

The Mountaineers, an organization based in Seattle, put together the list of 10 essentials in the 1930s.

The map you use for serious hiking should include which of these types of information?

It is extremely important that the map you use for hiking include topographic information, so that you don't end up with a major surprise -- a river, for example -- in front of you.

Which of these situations calls for hiking boots?

If you're going to be carrying a lot of gear, you're better off wearing hiking boots than hiking shoes, because they offer more cushion and support.

As a general rule you should wear what sort of footwear?

You want to wear the lightest footwear that you can, given the needs of the hike.

How many pairs of socks do most hikers wear?

Hikers recommend that you wear two pairs of socks when hiking: a synthetic liner, and an outer sock.

Which of these materials is known to absorb moisture?

Wool is a hygroscopic insulator, which means that it absorbs moisture and regulates temperature.

What is the purpose of hiking sticks?

When hiking over rough terrain it can help to have hiking sticks to help you keep your balance and prevent you from losing your footing.

What is the range of height for hiking sticks?

Most hiking sticks adjust between a height of 24 inches and 55 inches (61 and 140 centimeters).

What makes flashlights better hiking tools than night vision goggles?

It's not really possible to read a map while wearing night vision goggles, and you can also use a flashlight to signal for help if needed.

Which of these features should a compass have?

In case you decide to take up night hiking, it helps to have a compass with a glow-in-the-dark needle.

If you don't have any bandages, which of these materials can serve as an impromptu one?

Clothing can be cut or torn to serve as bandage if needed.

What is the term for animals that are active at night?

A nocturnal animal is an animal whose waking hours occur during the night. When you take up night hiking you should research these animals, for safety.

What does the term crepuscular mean?

A crepuscular animal is active during the dawn and dusk hours.

Before leaving for a night hike, you should make sure to do which of these?

It's important that someone know where you're planning to go and when you plan to return, because night hiking can be dangerous.

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