The sport of hiking is not an equipment intensive venture. A comfortable pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and something to carry water and supplies is about all you’ll need to get started. However, like any sport, the more you get into it, the more elaborate equipment you may want to consider purchasing.
In large part, the more adventuresome you decide to become with your hiking activities, the more equipment you’ll want to invest in. This is especially true if you decide to advance from simple day hikes to more challenging overnight adventures. But this class is a hiking class, not a backpacking class, so we’re going to keep it simple.
If you’re interested, Expert Village has a collection of videos on choosing equipment.