Reading a book while road walking
Feb 22, 2020 at 6:50 pm #3632734Doug CoeBPL Member
@sierradougLocale: Bay Area, CA, USA
I’m reading Chris Townsend’s account of his 2010 PNT thru-hike “Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams” (while sitting in a chair). I’m surprised to learn that he read books on the road walking portions of his hike. I assume because they’re not very scenic (the roads, not the books).
Does anyone else do that? Not with audiobooks but actual paper (or e-) books?Feb 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm #3632736Todd TBPL Member
@texasbbLocale: Pacific Northwest
I can’t imagine. But I guess it’s better than while driving, something I’ve seen a few times.Feb 24, 2020 at 8:18 pm #3633076Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
I have done it in the past. Walking on the sidewalk while reading.Feb 24, 2020 at 11:45 pm #3633094David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
I read dead-trees books while walking on a my treadmill – my “iPlod”. On an actual trail? Audio books and podcasts for me when I’m south of about 55N. At home, I found (the year I got my iPod and stumbled upon 5 grizzlies that summer), that I need to keep my wits about me and my awareness more on the trail.Feb 25, 2020 at 8:33 am #3633134Adam GBPL Member
Oh lord no. I find it hard to read while walking anyhow, but while road walking, my biggest fear is being hit by a car. I believe 2 PCT hikers have been killed that way.Feb 25, 2020 at 9:56 am #3633143John “Jay” MennaBPL Member
I used to hike with two guys who would play chess in their heads as we were hiking. They didn’t use a chessboard, they simply would call out things like “kings bishop takes pawn”.
While it was amazing it got to be aggravating as hell because you couldn’t keep up with the game, and you were forced to just tune it out.
To me, reading a book or playing chess seems to have the opposite goal is the hike itself. But, I do understand “hike your own hike “.Feb 25, 2020 at 10:00 am #3633145MattBPL Member
@mhrLocale: San Juan Mtns.
With all the distracted driving out there? No way!
Some of the closest calls I’ve had were with cars coming up from behind, passing one another. Complete surprise. I try to hug the edge of the road at all times.Feb 25, 2020 at 12:16 pm #3633164Doug CoeBPL Member
@sierradougLocale: Bay Area, CA, USA
I think he was doing it on old, little-used forest service roads mainly.
I’m also of the mind that that’s not what I’m out there for. I’d rather look around to see what nature has to offer.
On busier roads, it definitely sounds dangerous!Feb 25, 2020 at 2:13 pm #3633174KatttBPL Member
That’s a pretty definitive no for/from me. Unless one has a test and needs to walk themselves to the test site I cannot imagine a benefit that would come from the practice. Listening to a book on one’s headphones would be much better imo.Feb 25, 2020 at 5:27 pm #3633203Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
If thirty miles look exactly the same why not. It’s just a fraction of his trip. HYOY and all.Feb 25, 2020 at 5:47 pm #3633207jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
Distracted driving? sure, but just today I was driving in the downtown area and yet another phone gazing walker ambled out into traffic, perfectly oblivious.
“the kids these days” insist that they’re far more brilliant at multi tasking than their parents and scoff at the notion that they don’t perform at the highest level while juggling three devices at once.
That said, I can get behind listening to an audio book while out on a long trail. they’re great for long drives. I’ve never done it however.Feb 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm #3633651Diane PinkersBPL Member
@dipinkLocale: Western Washington
I used to do this when walking to school when in high school. I had a 2 mile walk, and I’d hold a paperback in one hand. Had great peripheral vision, and paid attention to sounds around me. When raining, if it wasn’t raining very hard, I’d put a plastic bag over the book and my hand, with the open end open, and still keep on reading.
Not sure I could manage it today. Definitely haven’t tried it while hiking, I’d trip over a tree root for sure.
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