Hiking is just Walking with an Attitude
Read about my Ice Age Trail trek - I finished on Sept. 28, 2013.
Read about my Superior Hiking Trail trek - I finished on Sept. 28, 2012.
Check out my Arizona Trail Journal - 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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|Ice Age Trail Story||12/10/2013|Read More ...
You can read my compiled Ice Age Trail Journal
now. I've tried to capture the most interesting bits of the trip and include photos to tell the story.
It starts quite verbose, but as the miles get longer towards the end, there is less to write about. :-)
By far, the most enjoyable part of this trek was
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Another Ice Age Trail hiker finished her trek today. See Kehly's Hike
to read her story. Kehly started a bit before me and had some problems starting out. She persevered and completed the trail which is just super!
I got to meet Kehly on t
|End of the Trail||09/28/2013|Read More ...
I walked 30500 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 23 miles today.
We slogged our way to the western terminus!!! A few pictures and congratulations, and then into the Ice Age center to get out of the cold rain. I guess the directions for the parade got lost - no one showed up except my good friend Duncan. What a great surprise to be greeted by him at the very end!
We ran into some volunteers doing trail work and actually got to be the first hikers on a brand new piece of trail that will be completed next weekend. It will nearly complete the trail through St. Croix Falls.
No need to find a plce to camp tonight.
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.
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Feb 26, 2012 - Lynn
Love your page. I have wanted to take up hiking for well over 20 years, but life got in the way. So now I find it is time to take this challenge up and proceed forward. Thank you so much for all the great information I will continue to reference your page often.
Mar 26, 2012 - Tom Ryan
It sounds like you off to a great start. We at T370 in E.P. are monitoring your progress and wish you great success!
Mar 27, 2012 - george petros
Hey Dude! Thought I'd check up on you. Snicker's are Gods' & Hikers' Favorite Food! Have some fun!
Mar 28, 2012 - Mom
Hi Paul - wish I was hiking with you.
Mar 28, 2012 - Mom
That message was from Karl not me. He is following your progress too.
Apr 02, 2012 - scott
preparing for a 7-day appalacian trail hike. your site has been a fantastic tool and a wealth of information. you've helped me a lot!
now, if you could just do something about the black bears in the smokey mountains ... haha.
Apr 10, 2012 - Bill Hunter
Stumbled upon your sight. It's great to find a sight full of info and not trying to sell something. Thanks. Never thought about a hike like the ones you are doing, you've given me something to think about. The pictures are great.
Apr 16, 2012 - Anne
I will be hiking the AZT in May, from Telephone Hill to Utah. Maybe we will see you, or maybe not!
Apr 16, 2012 - Hiking Dude
Anne - I hope to be finished by the first week in May, but we'll see. There should be plenty of water on the north end of the trail then.
Apr 16, 2012 - Greg
While you are in Flagstaff this week you and your hiking friend are welcome to spend some freshen up time at my home, and get the feel of home comfort again.
May 14, 2012 - Cindy Bellinger
Thanks for being so generous with information. Lots of useful stuff here.
Sep 22, 2012 - Sharon Barker
You have visited some of our favorite spots on the North Shore. Great pics. Glad to hear you have had a couple of nights out of the cold. Good luck next week.
Sep 24, 2012 - Mike Wagner
Greetings Hiking Dude; Just read your story in the Eden Prairie news and by chance will be heading to Lutsen tomorrow (9-25-12) with my wife. Planning on doing a couple hikes Tuesday and Wednesday and if you've got a recommendation please feel free to share.
Enjoy the day!
Mike & Aimee
Sep 30, 2012 - Ompa
Wondered what happened to you on Friday. Saw the big distances between spots from your sender. Thought a bear was chasing you as fast as you were moving.
Glad you updated us as to the hitching rides on roads.
Will be watching for your next trip.
Good hiking is healthy.
Jan 07, 2013 - Janusz Zak
just checked out your web site.looks good to me. Mine is neglected for about a year. I have your e-mail writen in my litle diary which is yet to be found in a pile of papers. Inspired by you I'v looked at your Arizona Trail treck and wanna do it maybe in April or so. We've met at Rainbow Lake viewpoint (lots of benches there). My website is januszhiker.webs.com
Feb 01, 2013 - Redzuan Rasul
Hiking is purposed to enjoying the nature. I'm very glad if my partner or groups is walking at the same time in group. Not rushing to the summit and rushing to going back. If they lost from your eye, That is horroble!
May 09, 2013 - Mark Elwood
Hi love the website. I bookmarked it and its my go to for all things hiking. I'm fortunate that I live two hours from the Canadian Rockies. I love the solitude and feeling that being out in the woods and nature brings and although I'm just starting to get into hiking I'm looking forward to it and think about it constantly as it is my escape from everything. Thanks for all the info, your site is down to earth and easy to use. Take care and happy hiking.
May 11, 2013 - ESol
Hello hiking dude. I've only done hikes locally around the San Jose, CA bay area. Quick Silver, Alum Rock, along with some others. Most recently with my hound dog Sasha.. She loves long hikes and it's great bonding. Planning a over night hike with friends in Arizona, Grand Canyon in Sept. Thank you for all the information on this site! You really could save a life preparing someone who was possibly quite unprepared for a long hike.
Sep 08, 2013 - Tim
Your site is very helpful.I'm new to hiking.Like to see and enjoy more of this world walking through it.Will be following this site.Thanks
Oct 15, 2013 - Wendy
Hello Hiking Dude! Enjoying your web-site. Started hiking/backpacking a few years ago after a visit to GSMNP ... been hooked ever sincer. Just moved from St. Louis to MN so have enjoyed a few miles on the SHT but being Mom to school aged kids makes it tough to do a thru hike. Plan on doing at least from Finland to Gooseberry next fall if I can get Gma and Gpa to stay with the kids. Hope to hike the AT GSMNP section this July. Looking for other middle-aged women to take trips with is a challenge, though being alone on the trail has its benefits. My son is a Weebelo Scout and hopefully in another few years I'll have the perfect hiking buddy! I look forward to watching your progress on your other planned hikes. Thanks for all the info.
Oct 23, 2013 - Hiking Dude
@Wendy - welcome to MN! The SHT is a great trail for older scouts. If you have questions as you start planning your trek, feel free to holler.