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.
Being a Hiking Dude is being on the move, covering ground, challenging your body, and renewing your soul.
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I walked 63558 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 29.5 miles today.
This view from the north across the Cumberland Valley shows the mountains where I started hiking this morning. From this nice view, I still had 12 miles of mountain trail to reach Duncannon, PA which I did a little after 7pm. Dead tired and out of water, I stumbled into town to find a bit more walking required due to a construction detour. Finally reaching the Doyle hotel here just before John locked the door made my extra efforts on the trail pay off. I'm checking in with a doctor tomorrow for my knee to see what can be done about it. As you can
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The 'scattered thunerstorms' have changed to a downpour the past hour. Fortunately, I got to Boiling Springs and hve waited out much of it at a gas station. It's letting up, so I'm back on the trail. A local guy here chatting with his buds gave me a cantalope from his garden - mmmmmm! Hoping for Duncannon and a bed tonight, but we'll see.
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I walked 46149 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 19 miles today.
Made it to Alec Kenndy shelter on a bum knee. :-( The folks I met yesterday didn't get here, but two SoBos showed up separately. They are a real testament to the variety of people, styles, and goals out here on the trail. :-) Both seem like good guys and it sounds like they are at the front of the SoBo bubble so I should be seeing more each day, as long as the knee holds out. I'm giving my knee tomorrow and then the next morning into Duncannon to get better, or I see a local doc for advice. And, thanks a ton for the supportive comments. It really he
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
now, if you could just do something about the black bears in the smokey mountains ... haha.
Enjoy the day!
Mike & Aimee
Glad you updated us as to the hitching rides on roads.
Will be watching for your next trip.
Good hiking is healthy.
I would do the 2nd one, from Cascade River to Oberg Mountain. It includes Poplar River, Lake Agnes, and view of Lake Superior.
I have been interested in hiking since I took my college orientation trip (Baron Chairback A! WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO-YAAAAAAA!! ) and did enjoy it. The people around me, kept my spirits up while I was in uncharted apparel.
Now, I am finally taking actions to get back into hiking. I can't thank you enough for your words of wisdom and encouragement. Your website is thorough, and fun to read. I keep it handy, and is a bedrock of my belief that I am a hiker too.
I started moving seriously about 14 years ago on a bicycle. Crossed the US twice on two wheels. Lately getting into long distance walking. Goal is fun and mobility 'til I drop dead.
Keep movin' folks.