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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I walked 60454 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 22 miles today.
7/25/17 We camped nearly right on the ID/MT border last night so all of today was spent hiking through Idaho. Not much difference :-) But, as you can see, they are good shots and some don't seem to care for hikers. The hike down to the Moyie River was dry but cool. We stopped at the Feist River Falls resort but it was dead because we were pretty early I guess. So, on we hiked to the base of Bussard Mountain and our last water source for a dozen miles or more. The 3400feet up the hill went better than hoped but it was the usual hot, steep, and sweaty. At the top, there was a surprise - about 100gallons of water in 5gal jugs. They were probably for trail crews but we borrowed a bit from an open jug. After that, we passed many dry spots but no wat
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I walked 45866 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 20 miles today.
7/24/17 Annelise, Batman, and the two of us all got up about the same time. Since we aren't cooking, we were on the trail (road) first but Batman caught up to us in a couple hours and we played leapfrog all day long. We've not seen Annelise but left a note for her in the second trail registry of the trip - out in the middle of no where. In the registry, we saw that three people hiked by yesterday so there are some not too far ahead. A 6-mile roadwalk followed by another 5 miles of mostly uphill trail brought us to a beautiful saddle and views on both sides. Rock Candy Mountain dominated the south and still had plenty of snow cornice along its ridge. It was a wonderful spot to rest a bit. Way up here above timberline, rock cairns were very h
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I walked 60434 steps on the trail today.
I traveled about 26 miles today.
7/23/17 Tonight, we ran into Annelise at Pete's Creek camp and got to chat for a couple hours. She is hiking the trail alone, has great determination, and is gradually putting miles behind her. An injury slowed her up but she's back on trail. She was fun to talk with and never let the conversation pause very long. Our day began with the usual steep strenuous uphill climb. Starting at 6:30 makes a huge difference with the temperature being in the 40s instead of the 80s or 90s. Up the hill, we found our first good patch of huckleberries so we sat down and picked awhile for a break. I sat right on a small bush and now have purple stains on pants, underwear, and skin. It was worth it. We dropped into the Yaak valley for another long roadwalk. Jos
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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