Hiking is just Walking with an Attitude
Review my 2016 Florida trek - Started on Jan. 3 in Key West and hiked 450 miles north to Ocala, finishing on Jan. 27.
See my 2015 Appalachian Trail trek - I hiked 315 miles from Aug. 20 to Sept. 7, 2015.
Follow my Ice Age Trail thru-hike - I finished on Sept. 28, 2013.
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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Does this trail look steep to you?
It looks steep to me! And I expect I would be walking up it slow and steady.
So, what do you think the grade is? 10°? 20°?
When you look at the numbers, it's a bit disappointing. It's not really too impressive to think 'Hey, I just hiked a 9° hill for 2 miles!' but that's actually a steep trail. Really.
The Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, at its steepest, is less than 16° grade.
The North Kaibab Trail, over its length, averages less than 12° grade.
A few steepness examples:
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You heard about the big fire that swept through the Gatlinburg, TN area and affected the Appalachian Trail this past month, right? If you're feeling like helping out, here's a way that might sit well with you.
Lodge will donate $15 from each sale of this $30 limited-edition 10.25 inch Great Smoky Mountains 2016 skillet to the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund, helping families affected by the devastating wildfires in
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Coldest day of winter so far. Six miles walking on the trail this morning and I didn't see anyone else. Not even a rabbit, squirrel, turkey, or deer. I guess when it's -10F it's My Trail and I don't have to share.
Five inches of fresh, fluffy snow and I got to make the first tracks through it - pretty fun. But, it was a bit cold out.
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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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.
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