Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA)  

         
 
 
BACKCOUNTRY FORUM
GENERAL DISCUSSION

 
Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#148843 - 04/03/11 10:48 PM "This is why I hike"
Katie Offline
member

Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 29
I thought it would be really neat to collectively put together a blog about what YOU love most about hiking.
I started thinking about it the other day when I was on a semi-routine training hike on a mediocre trail...and stopped in my tracks when I saw these beautiful rays of sun coming down through the clouds close to sunset. I stopped my boyfriend, pointed to the scene, and told him THIS is why I hike. I think nature is beautiful anywhere you go, and it reminds me I don't have to be somewhere classically "scenic" such as mountains, beach, etc to find breathtaking views.
But I know everyone has their own personal reasons as to why they hike, and I think it would be interesting to share.
If you would like to share, then send me a quote, short story, picture, video, anything meaningful to you that you have personally experienced that inspires you to hike (or keep hiking/backpacking)
The blog is http://thisiswhyihike.tumblr.com/
To submit...if you have a tumblr, you can use the submit page on the blog. If you don't have one, you can email me (sweetleaf1189 at gmail dot com) with your photo, story, quote, whatever, as well as the name you would like to go with it, and I will post it for you and credit you.

Please let me know if you have ANY ideas/suggestions for the blog. It's a developing idea and I haven't figured out exactly how it would be best to format it and everything, so if you have any ideas let me know (can just post in this topic).

PS - sorry if this is in the wrong forum, wasn't really sure where to put it.

Top
#148868 - 04/04/11 01:46 PM Re: "This is why I hike" [Re: Katie]
aimless Offline
Moderator

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: Portland, OR
I hike, in part, because I've always hiked. My parents started me out on trails when I was just a tyke. But, obviously, as an adult, I could easily stop if I wanted to. I don't. I love it too much.

I agree that almost anywhere outdoors is beautiful. I do understand all those casual hikers who think they need a destination or viewpoint for every hike, or there's no point to it. For me, every step away from the trailhead is worth taking, all on its own.

I find sanity as well as peace and beauty in nature. Any place that has not been too intrusively tampered with by humans demonstrates a kind of balance and quiet good sense that we often lack in our built-up spaces. I especially like getting away from the noise of human activity.

Incidentally, walking/hiking is my sole exercise program, too. Using my body feels good, and walking feels ten times better to me than any artificial exercise like weight-lifting or jazzercise.

So, that's why I hike. grin

Top
#153035 - 07/24/11 07:24 AM Re: "This is why I hike" [Re: aimless]
Gershon Offline
member

Registered: 07/08/11
Posts: 1109
Loc: Colorado
I'm one of those people who loves being in motion. There is a book "Bodies in Motion" that describes it. I'm not fidgety, but I'm happiest when I'm traveling long distances regardless of how. Running, driving, motorcycling, bicycling, hiking.

Planning for a long trip that is beyond the average person and below the extreme person is a lot of fun for me. I micro-plan to the extent that everything usually goes according to plan and the execution seems easy. That gives me satisfaction. Once I start the trip, I just chill and go at a steady pace knowing it will work out according to the plan. Usually I hit waypoints with the precision of a Japanese train, but without thinking about it while traveling by whatever means.

On Aug 2, we are going to attempt the Colorado Trail. I've calculated our speed in each mile based on the elevation changes and altitude and figure we will hit each stop pretty much right on time without thinking about it much while hiking. At this point, I know finishing is doubtful due to the possibility of snow at the end. Yes, I'll write all these down and compare it to the plan, but I won't obsess over it while we hike.

My excitement is more internally generated than externally generated. Yes, I enjoy the views, but what's going on internally while hiking is more fun.

As I age (I'm 58) I find I'm capable of more than when I was young. I've learned the art of staying below 80% of the level of where I'll feel fatigue and extending the distance because I never feel fatigue.

I still haven't answered the question. I guess the answer is "Because I have to."
_________________________
http://48statehike.blogspot.com/

Top
#153176 - 07/28/11 02:23 PM Re: "This is why I hike" [Re: Katie]
mana Offline
member

Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 24
What a great idea. I'll be sure to email you over my thoughts!

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Bivvy Sack combo Arrangement
by Jim M
Yesterday at 01:58 AM
what is the lightest framed backpack around 40L
by toddfw2003
10/16/17 07:23 PM
a worthy challenger to the msr pocket rocket2
by the-gr8t-waldo
10/16/17 01:28 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Napa Fires
by balzaccom
10/11/17 07:43 PM
Backpacking the Ouachita Trail thanksgiving
by toddfw2003
10/05/17 11:54 PM
Rockfalll on El Capitan in Yosemite
by balzaccom
09/28/17 09:47 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
alcohol stove comparisons
by Bike_packer
10/03/17 08:56 PM
Can footprint plasticizer harm tent ground-sheet?
by Weston1000
09/10/17 02:24 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 25 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
LivelyLiz, Weve, Tones21, Pasquale, Rahultravel
12423 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com