Jul 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm #1305309
@aldoleopoldLocale: Great Lakes
There is more to life than increasing its speed.Jul 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm #2005329
That is why we hike.Jul 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm #2005330
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
I started hiking in the Irish mountains when I was 12 and was hooked from day one, fast forward a quarter of a century later and I still love it.
For me its about getting out in the outdoors and not how much miles I pull off.
I was out with a newbie buddy last week and he was suffering from mileage fever big time.Jul 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm #2005342
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
10) I'm a better tour guide for friends, the more I get out.
9) It justifies all the cool gear I have.
8) I often harvest berries as I hike.
7) Sometimes I meet interesting people.
6) It makes my dog happy.
5) I come up with better technical solutions in my professional work while hiking than while sitting at a desk.
4) The exercise is good for me.
3) It is a meaningfully, bonding experience as a couple and as a family.
2) I appreciate the scenic beauty of the outdoors.
1) It clears my head.Jul 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm #2005381
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
In no particular order…
3. keep in shape
4. physical and mental relaxation
5. gear buying :)Jul 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm #2005412
Because my bike has a flat tire and I'm too lazy to fix it.Jul 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm #2005420
Learned to walk. Putting that skill to good use. It just seems so natural. I've always been a walker.Jul 13, 2013 at 10:02 am #2005529
@brianleLocale: Pacific NW
No one has mentioned weight loss yet? Then I'll mention weight loss. Well, and just generally getting in better shape in the way the I prefer to do it.Jul 13, 2013 at 11:23 am #2005550
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. RainierJul 14, 2013 at 12:07 am #2005801
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
Because the best fishing spots don't have roads near them… come to think of it… the best fishing spots don't even have trails near them! :)Jul 14, 2013 at 7:29 am #2005835
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
I love David's post…
And I would add that it's the best quality time I get with my wife ever.
Plus the fishing and scenery. And exerciseJul 14, 2013 at 8:06 am #2005846
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Because you know, nature and stuff…Jul 14, 2013 at 9:12 am #2005857
@filsingerLocale: Pacific Northwest
1) I am bipedal-walking is efficient and takes me to rarely seen environs.
2) Hiking is adventurous – adventure raises my excitement for life.
3) Hiking/backpacking is arduous – hard work promotes fitness and self esteem.
4) Hiking requires skills, planning, and adaptability – these help me in my day to day life.
5) Hiking is humbling – this keeps me grounded and makes me contemplate.
Hiking/backpacking has given me more joy, fond memories, and taught me more about myself and the complex world I live in than any other activity of my life. Hiking is my bliss.Jul 14, 2013 at 9:17 am #2005861
Hoot. That is a great answer!Jul 14, 2013 at 9:18 am #2005863
@leighbLocale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
Pretty much all the above…oh and mainly,'cause when I don't I get grumpy :-(Jul 14, 2013 at 9:22 am #2005864
Because I can
Because I love that I can wander through the forests and over the mountains for an extended period of time with everything I need carried on my back
Because I love the outdoors
Because I love getting to places and seeing things that not everyone else gets to see
Because I love the Tranquiity
Because I need to escape everyday hustle n bustle of life
Because I enjoy the exercise and physical exertion
Because I love the feeling of reaching a summit and thinking.."WOW"
Because I love to wake up as the early sun rises and be surrounded by stunning creations of mother nature
Because I enjoy being outside in all types of weather
Because it doesn't cost me much for a night out, a weekend, a week or longer
Because I can do it and enjoy itJul 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm #2006533
@aggroLocale: Western slope, Sierra Nevada
It also allows me to run from my problems.Jul 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm #2006536
Because it's there, and it's fun.
Plus most of that other stuff, too.Jul 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm #2007238
@namelesswayLocale: Mid Atlantic
To reconnect with the four-leggeds,
And leave behind the four-wheeled.Jul 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm #2007938
Being out in nature
Getting away from people
Time to really thinkJul 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm #2009097
Why do I hike?Jul 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm #2009102
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Because I really like it!Jul 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm #2009228
@hillhikerzLocale: Monterey Bay
Last week… I need to get out more…
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