mountain hiking? Having a fifty-mile view comes to mind, but
that's not the only reason to head for the hills. Like myself,
you might feel drawn to photos of mountains--and to the real
things. If a photo like the one here makes you want to get out
there hiking and exploring, this web site is for you.
There's nothing wrong with wandering the woods of Michigan
or the swamps of Louisiana, but some of us need mountains in
our lives. Whether backpacking in Montana tundra, scrambling
up "fourteeners" in Colorado, bathing in waterfalls,
or watching big-horn sheep on cliffs--this is hiking at its best.
Here are some pages to get you started...
Hiking Adventures - True
tales from Montana, Michigan, California, Colorado and South
Hiking Trails - National Parks
and lonely little-known mountain ranges...
Hiking Tips - Clothing, how
to deal with bears, dealing with weather...
Foot Protection - Good hiking or running shoes
keep the weight down compared to hiking boots, but may have thin
and flexible bottoms. These can cause sore feet when used on
rough terrain. The good news is that a thicker, more rigid sole
isn't always heavier, so when comparing shoes, bend them to test
Bring Spare Socks - Even on a day hike it can
really help to have a pair of clean dry socks with you. If your
feet get wet, whether from rain or sweat, change your socks and
hang the wet pair on your pack to dry (that way you can switch
again if necessary). Your feet will be more comfortable and this
is a good way to prevent blisters as well.
Lightest Foods - Whether you are taking a long
day hike or backpacking for a week, you might want to cut your
pack weight. Start by bringing high-calorie foods so you can
carry less. This can really make a difference. On a weekend trip,
for example, you might need 12,000 calories to keep your energy
up, but those calories could be food weighing from fourteen pounds
down to four pounds. Nuts (almost any kind) have almost twice
the calories per pound as bread. Balance weight savings with
decent nutritional choices, of course.