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.
Hiking Dude Blog
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The Ice Age Trail Association (IATA) has posted the 2014 Thousand Miler Tribute booklet containing overviews from the 14 people that completed the trail over the past year. Read the 2013 1000-Milers (1.1MB PDF) and see Papa Bear and I on pages 8, 9, and 16.
We are the #23 and #24
Since it's had over 12 million views in the 10 days it's been out on YouTube, you've probably already seen this video. But, if you haven't, sacrifice 5 minutes of your life to hopefully change your view on how you're spending your life.Read More ...
My favorite line in it - "Smart Phones and Dumb People".
I'd love to hear it set to some Rap Beat or Rock-n-Roll music. :-)
Hike On in the Real World
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How would you like to camp in Moab, Utah for a week in September?
There will be a Leave No Trace Master Educator (LNT ME) course with 5 focus options - Frontcountry, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Rafting, and Horseriding - from Sept. 15 to Sept. 20 at the BSA Entrada High Adventure Base. This is a Boy Scouts of America hosted training session, but is open to anyone interested in Leave No Trace training.
This is an opportunity for you to expand your LNT abilities and become authorized to train more LNT Trainers. There is need for more educators across the country, and your involvement will help other hikers minimize their impact on our trails.
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.