Hiking is just Walking with an Attitude
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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.
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Walking 7 miles of country road followed by 4 miles of fast highway traffic isn't a great morning hike but we did it. The day turned into a great relaxing break meeting a bunch of fun folks. First off, I emailed a listed trail angel named Nikki letting her know we were heading into town. Then, we walked. We passed a pizza place with buffet but didn't open until 11 - it's only 9:30. As we passed a gas station across the road, a guy waved at us and hollered so we crossed over to see what was up. This guy is hiking the PNT also and had Melanie McManus" book "Thousand Miler" about the Ice Age Trail and had just read about me in it, checked out hikingdude.com and saw our live map showing that we were walking his way. How weird! Besides that, his trail name is "Parks" that we saw in the registry awhile back. He hiked out to
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Enjoyed a peaceful night's rest along the trail right by a bridge over a cascading stream. Our Ursack bags have been keeping the food safe - but there have been no attempts anyway. The trail had another long stretch of high ridge hiking with no water. With very high temps and very low humidity, water has been at the top of my priorities. We took our first unintentional detour offtrail today heading up Mt. Wam. I just happened to check the avenza map on my phone at the start up the mountain and the red line showed we were on the old alternate path. We stopped and dutifully followed the red line straight up a slope, and fortunately ran into the trail about 30 minutes later. Visited a couple high mountain lakes, watched a couple Canadians fish, and hit our northern most of the trail - standing on the border at the 40th parallel
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I walked 63358 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 26 miles today.
38 degrees when we got up at 5:30 this morning and there was fog rolling off the little lake. We were on the trail by 6:05 with full water and rested bodies, and it's a good thing! This12 mile section had no water at all and, even though it looks like a nice ridge walk on the map, was up and down STEEP peaks and saddles all morning. The first fresh spring on the trail at 6000 feet after dropping into the Blue Sky Creek drainage was beautiful to see. Mt. Locke was a killer climb. From the spring on, the trail was relatively easy all day so we added some extra miles of roadwalk on at the end. We saw our first PNT trail registry out here and signed it - a map page someone no longer needed in a box. Saw that "Parks" signed it today before us so ma
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
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I don't know what "lower budget" means to you, but the canopy tents and internal bug nets made by John at Bear Paw Wilderness Designs are really good and cost from $100 up, depending on what you want. See my Florida Hike page to see the shelters we used.
I just want to say thank you.
I was reading your blog before for preparing my first hike in NZ at end of this year's January.
My girlfriend and I went to the Blue Lake and it was amazing. We also got back alive.
Thanks for your sharing!
Down on the bottom?
My questions is?
Is it a good idea to reuse cooking package?
For his daily cooking?
Im thinking about bacteria.
Is it a good or bad idea?
5 day hiking using one packet over and over to cook
All his meals? I just dont want my boyfriend get stomach issues.
Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
Thats what i have been telling him.
One week ago on a strenuous hike with my boyfriend half ways down my hiking pole got stuck in a hole and there I fell and twisted my ankle Dr said no hiking off my feet 4weeks.
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