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The Local Hiker

Established in October of 2013, The Local Hiker is a locally owned business on the east end of Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. Our purpose here in the upstate is to educate, encourage and equip those looking to get in the outdoors.  We want to ensure everyone has a great experience whether they're hiking, biking, climbing, camping or even surfing and the appropriate equipment is step one.  We have it all from sunscreen to sleeping bags and everything in between. Paired with a knowledgeable and friendly staff that will provide the proper guidance, you can rest assured your business is safe here at The Local Hiker.


 

Waterfall Hikes in the
Upstate Workshop

October 24th

6:00pm

We will offer a short workshop on some amazing waterfall hikes in our surrounding area. We will talk about some different waterfall hike options as well as safety aspects of hiking around waterfalls. This workshop is free and open to the public.  Come visit us at the store to sign up or email us at info@thelocalhiker.com.

Avery Creek 

Waterfall Hike
October 19th
9:00 am
We will meet at the Pisgah Ranger Station at 9am and carpool up to the trailhead. The hike is moderate and is about 7 miles in length. It is suitable for most skill levels. You can sign up in the store or by emailing info@thelocalhiker.com 

 

Summer Hiking Tips

We want to educate, encourage, & equip you to have the BEST hiking experiences this summer.
Here are a few tips to help get you prepared.

  • Hydrate. Hydrate again. And repeat. - You should never underestimate the need to stay hydrated while hiking during hot summer months. Whether you're going on an overnight trip or just a day-hike, bring plenty of water.  If you have a reservoir, it's still a good idea to pack a water bottle. A small, lightweight water filter is always a good idea to take along on any trip.
  • Grab some snacks. - You're not you when you're hungry, and the trails don't make that any different. Snag some protein bars or dried fruit for a great snack along the trail.
    Make sure you pack out any trash, leave no trace.

  • Get an early start. - During hot summer months it's a good idea to get an early start to your hike. The
    temperatures will be cooler which will result in less strain on your body. Start with
    the more challenging part of your hike early in the day if possible. An added bonus to an
    ​early start, the trails will likely be less crowded!

  • Wear the right clothes - Choose clothing that is lightweight, dries quickly and provides some coverage for protection against the sun. Sunscreen and a sunhat will be beneficial too! 
  • Prepare for rain. - Weather in the south can surely be unpredictable! Always check the weather prior to any trip. It's also a good idea to prepare for some rain even if it hasn't been predicted, there's always a chance of a pop-up storm during the hot, humid summer months.
  • Ten Essentials - It is best practice to know and adhere to the hiking/backpacking ten essentials list. Taking along these few items should be just enough to help should your trip turn into something you weren't expecting.