Hiking is easy with these tips. Get advice on backpacking, hiking, and the great outdoors in this video tutorial. Take action: pace yourself, don't take too many long breaks, maintain good posture, keep a light spring in your step, and bring plenty of food and water. John Flaherty, the instructor of this how-to video from Live Strong, has a great love for the outdoors. In 2003, John and his wife started Central Coast Outdoors in northern California. His company provides hiking, kayaking, and biking services for those wanting to be closer to nature. John has traveled all around the world through his love of hiking.