Hitting the Open Trail - Bomgaars BLOG

Posted on 08/10/2021 at 09:42 AM by Amanda Oberman

Hitting the Open Trail

From a short hike through your local park to a multi-day experience, hikes are a fun and customizable way to interact with nature. Beginner trails can take a few hours and have little risk. But, on the less worn paths, it can be easy to get lost or turned around. Here are some tips if you are beginning or need some navigating help. 

If you're new, pick a well-traveled and well-marked trail. Ensure the terrain matches what you think you can handle. Even if you're confident, try to choose what you think you'd be able to take on an average day, not at your best. That way, you won't get yourself stuck out on a trail exhausted.

Be sure to have plenty of water, snacks, and first aid. Water will be your best friend hiking. Even if you typically go through one bottle in a few hours, you're sure to go through more when hiking, whether due to the weather or physical exertion. Pack plenty or consider investing in a water pack for easy transport. 

Checking the weather can help give you an idea of how much water you will need. Packing a light rain jacket or rain poncho is smart as weather can change quickly. If it's spring or fall, bring additional layers in case the temperature lowers.

Finally, it's a good idea to learn how to use a map and compass. Whether or not you take the well-traveled path or choose a road less traveled, this knowledge will come in handy. The more adept you become, the better you can tell how long it can take to get somewhere. This will help you if you're lost or want to know how much longer until you get back to your car.

For a comprehensive article on using a compass, check out this article by rei (


If you want more peace of mind, there are satellite GPS systems that you can buy. These don't use your phone battery but can send SOS and text messages. You can stay connected to nature without distracting social media and racking up mobile data.

Garmin has two models, the inReach Mini and the eTrex 10, both available at your local Bomgaars store

The inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact. It's our palm-sized satellite communicator for adventures where size and weight matter. With the inReach Mini, you can send and receive text messages and track and share your journey. Stuck and need help? You can trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. 


The eTrex series retains the core functionality of the inReach Mini. The eTrex has rugged construction and long battery life that makes eTrex the most dependable GPS device available. With inReach and the eTrex connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

Protect your feet on the trails with the Keen Targhee Mid Hiking Boots. No matter the path you pick or the GPS used, your feet are your most important asset. Stop worrying about keeping them dry or worrying about them falling apart. 

These boots are:

  • Waterproof

  • Breathable

  • Lightweight & supportive

  • Easy to lace & adjust

They have:

  • A dual-density EVA footbed

  • Injected TPU Heel-Capture System (for stability)

  • Compression-molded EVA midsole

  • A resilient internal shank

  • A leather mud shield

Keep your feet comfortable and dry!

And don't forget a trusty Trekking Pole (available in select Bomgaars locations).

You can find these boots and the Garmin GPS units at your local Bomgaars.

Garmin eTrex Mini  Garmin eTrex10 

Explorer Trekking Pole  Keen Men's & Women's Targhee II Mid Shoe

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