Lesson 54: Preparing to Go Hiking



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: preparing to go hiking. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about preparing to go hiking.

Kevin, do you want to go on an intense hike this weekend with me?
Sure, but I have never been on an intense hike. How do I prepare for it?
Well, first you need to make sure you have the right gear. Do you have a good pair of hiking shoes?
Yes, I do. In addition, I have a comfortable pair of socks.
If you don’t have a set, I suggest you buy some trekking poles. They will help when we have to walk up steep hills.
I will buy a set tomorrow. Should I bring a raincoat?
It’s always a good idea to bring one. Make sure you have a small backpack to put your gear in.
I do have a backpack for my water bottle, sunglasses, and other things. Which trail will we hike?
There’s a trail close to my house. It has beautiful landscapes.
I will make sure I tell someone we are going hiking on Saturday so they know where we are.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

intense (adj) strong, forceful, or extreme
The intense sun in the desert is dangerous.
gear (n) equipment that is used for a purpose
My gym gear is in my bag.
hiking shoes (n) boots or footwear design to protect the feet and ankles when hiking
It’s important to have good hiking shoes.
pair of socks (phrase) two of the same garments to put on the feet and lower legs
I’m taking one extra pair of socks on my trip. 
trekking poles (n – plural) two sticks that assist when walking or hiking
It’s a good idea to have trekking poles for a long hike.
steep (adj) a hill or slope that goes up or down sharply; high and long
It’s difficult to walk up a steep hill.
raincoat (n) a coat that you wear to stay dry when it rains
A raincoat will protect you from the rain.
backpack (n) a bag for carrying things that has two shoulder straps and is carried on the back
Students use a backpack to carry books and other personal items.
trail (n) a path or area to walk through a forest or field
The hiking trail has a lot of rocks.
landscapes (n – plural) an area of land that has a particular quality or appearance
The hiking trail has a lot of different landscapes.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Can you describe some beautiful landscapes?
    1. The clear river flowing alongside the mountains.
    2. The forest with its green trees and big rocks.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What are three things people carry in a backpack?
    1. Students carry books, pencils, and paper in their backpacks.
    2. A person who is traveling with a backpack has pants, shirts, and socks.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What are some things you could see while hiking on a trail?
    1. You could see landscapes, rivers, and animals.
    2. When I’m on a trail I usually see animals, trees, and steep hills.
    3. Your answer:
  4. What types of shoes do people have?
    1. Construction workers have work boots.
    2. People who work in an office have dress shoes or casual shoes.
    3. Your answer:
  5. What are some other types of coats or jackets people wear?
    1. People who live in cold places wear parkas.
    2. For a job interview, a man should wear a sports coat.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Why do people like to go hiking?
  2. Why is it important to have the proper gear when going on an intense hike?
  3. What gear should you have for a hike?
  4. Why is it important to tell someone where you are going when hiking a trail?
  5. Are there good hiking trails in your country? If so, where?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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