Hiking is just Walking with an Attitude
See my 2015 Appalachian Trail trek - I hiked 315 miles from Aug. 20 to Sept. 7, 2015.
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Read about my Superior Hiking Trail thru-hike - I finished on Sept. 28, 2012.
Check out my Arizona Trail thru-hike - I finished the hike on April 28, 2012.
The essence of hiking is to leave life behind, if only for a few hours, and explore the world around you using only the power of your body.
It is feeling your lungs labor, your muscles tighten and relax, and all your senses bringing new information into your brain.
Being a Hiking Dude is being on the move, covering ground, challenging your body, and renewing your soul.
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Fall is absolutely the best time to hike. Cool air, no bugs, no humidity, few people, wonderful colors, earthy smells, and dry trails - at least this weekend it was like that.Read More ...
Mrs. Dude and I got out this weekend to tag three separate trails on three different days. We lucked into some perfect conditions and walked 18 miles of trail that was completely new to both of us.
On our first day, we visited Interstate Park on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River - there's also an Interstate Park on the Wisconsin side. Parking at the southern access point, the trail along the river heads
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Building a National Scenic Trail takes much more than a handful of volunteers, but without a handful of dedicated, driven, selfless volunteers, none of our trails would have ever been established. There is often an individual with a dream who gets his/her name tied to a trail as the founder, such as Benton Mackaye, Clinton Clarke, Ron Strickland, or Ray Zillmer. Long after the first dream of a trail, definition of a route, and government designation, armies of volunteers actually build our National Scenic Trails. And, behind that army of wor
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When I first told friends and family that I would be going on some long hikes, it was interesting what dangers they came up with that I should be worried about and protect myself from. Now, after hiking a few thousand miles, I can confidently compare what their fears were about with what real dangers exist. The two do not match up very well.
Now, I do realize that a person CAN die or be severely injured out in the wilds, and any of the things listed below COULD be the cause, but it's all about keeping a reasonable perspective.
Here are my lists of "Fears" that people are often concerned with, and
The number one problem in America is the drop in miles walked per day. The sedentary lifestyle that so many of us now lead (especially people spending too much time making web sites!) is causing us to keel over right and left. Just going for a walk (let's call that a hike) for 30 minutes every day is about the best thing you can do for yourself, and for your family!
Hiking is a sport unto itself. But, it is also the means of locomotion that backpackers use to get around on multi-day adventures. I'm offering information about the art of hiking and all the preparation, skills, problems, and gear used by hiking dudes in moving about from place to place on foot. After learning all about hiking here, please visit the Outdoors Dudes web site for even more great advice about skills for trips and the outdoors.
If you've been surfing the web to find out something about hiking, then please check out my Beginner Hiker Plan to learn how to get ready to start hiking.
Feb 26, 2012 - Lynn
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