Feb 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm #1269368
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Texas
I was paid what I consider a compliment by a co-worker of mine. On a daily basis I carry a day pack and walk from the front gate to my shop.
As I was walking in to work recently a co-worker asked me if I "walked on trails".
I responded, "Yes I do"!
His response was, "It shows, you've got that kind of a walk".
Until that point in time I didn't really know that I walked like a hiker. :-)
Does your hiking show? Can other hikers pick you out of a crowd? Would a non-hiker see something about you that would clue them in to your being a hiker?
If so, please tell us about it.
NewtonFeb 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm #1698615
@forbesbLocale: Bay Area
I've been asked if I was a sprinter before (I was) based on how I walk, but never if I was a hiker. I'd definitely say it makes sense that repetitive exercise would change the balance in your muscles enough to alter your gait.Feb 19, 2011 at 12:30 am #1698653
Josh LeavittBPL Member
@joshleavittLocale: Ruta Locura
My limp probably does not say "hiker" :-)Feb 19, 2011 at 3:53 am #1698666
George MatthewsBPL Member
My pace is above average. I pass almost everybody in front of me and never get passed. From video I've taken from a downward view when hiking, and seeing my own reflection from buildings, I can see that I am sort of feeling the ground with each step.
Like Josh's limp, I'd say most people think I'm injured or just decrepit. I have a mostly white beard and white hair that is on top purely imagination yet vigorous on the sides and back. Hopefully no one will dial 9-1-1 when they see me. However, if they do call then the EMTs will never catch me.
To paraphrase George Carlin:
Have you ever noticed that anybody walking slower than you is an idiot, and anyone walking faster than you is a maniac?
The older I get the more I look like him I've been told…Feb 19, 2011 at 4:40 am #1698668
Ike JutkowitzBPL Member
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
I don't think my walk is anything special, but I can sure be picked out of the crowd when sitting in a diner after a week on the trail. I think it's the smell…Feb 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm #1701347
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Once I was told I walked "like I was XC skiing". Well, I used to be an XC racer and I wear and use my poles in a similar way so maybe that is what pegged my hiking gait for that observant guy.Feb 25, 2011 at 4:47 am #1701385
Adam RothermichBPL Member
@aroth87Locale: Missouri Ozarks
I wouldn't say I walk like a hiker, I've got long legs so I tend to walk "faster" than most people anyway. My friends can always tell after I've been on a hike though, my legs are normally stiff and I hobble everywhere.
AdamFeb 25, 2011 at 8:22 am #1701441
definitely. I don't own shoes that aren't trail runners. It's hard for me to keep a pace that's under 3.5 mph. I turned my old hiking pants into casual city shorts. Always have one of my packs on me, loaded with essentials, and yeah, my outerwear make me look like I'm about to go on an expedition.
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