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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My morning hikes have been more adventurous and interesting for the past few weeks, for two reasons.
1. My neighbor retired and has been hiking with me. Instead of just doing my normal route up and down the trail, we have branched out and are covering lots of different neighborhoods, trails, and paths. Also, our mileage has been around 6 miles rather than my old 5 miles! My SPOT track is drawing lines all over town as each day gets added to it. :-)
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I"ve been carrying a SPOT Messenger on my adventures since 2007. A SPOT is a satellite pinging device that can be used to request aid in an emergency, or just track your route. My wife is more comfortable knowing this extra bit of safety is along on each trek.
I use the tracking ability of the SPOT to ping a satellite about every 10 minutes. At any time during my hike, visitors here can see where I am on the trail. At the end of the trek, I have a map of my adventure and I can add geotagged pictures to my online advent
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The North Country Trail Association is at it again. These people are sneaky about tricking us into hiking more miles!
Anyone that hikes a total of at least 100 miles on the NCT in 2017 can get a free patch, plus they are offering prizes and free resources to folks that sign up for the challenge.
If you really get into this, there's even a Grand Prize for someone that also fulfills their Built It Challenge - that's just doing two simple activities to spread the word and get others involved in the NCT project.
They've got forms, mileage log sheets, a flyer to print and share, and other stuff to help you 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.
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!
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