BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Spring Hill and its surrounding areas are packed-full of excellent spots for hiking enthusiasts, but even the most experienced hiker won’t last long on just a backpack full of granola bars and bananas.
This is where local hiking experts James Bearden and Becky Bean come in, holding a free class on how to best prepare for those long treks in the wilderness at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Longview Recreation Center.
“On a typical day, a hiker can burn 6,000 to 8,000 calories a day,” Bearden said. “It’s a completely different mindset of meal intake than a normal day at the office, so to speak. What we’ve got to do is find out the highest concentration of calories, while maintaining a light weight [food supply].”
Bearden and Bean will go over the most efficient supplies to bring on long hikes, including no-cook meals, the healthiest and best energy-supplying snacks, and even some original recipes and meals – all easy on the bank.
When it comes to the hiking trails themselves, there’s plenty to choose from nearby. Alexander Trail in Thompson’s Station is a moderate-intensity trail just off Main Street, that takes hikers through thick woods along the side of a foothill. Preservation Park, another hiking spot in Thompson’s Station, features multiple trails through the woods, with a spectacular view at the beginning atop a large hill.
The class is free to attend, though interested persons are encourage to pre-register for the event. Those interested are encourage to contact Chase Cribbs at 615-302-0971, extension 2214.