Why I Hike
Hiking is not just a form of exercise for me, but a passion. Many people ask why I hike and this is the most complete answer I can give.
When I feel like I’m part of nature, I reach an inner calm. Exposure to nature is important for me to restore balance. It is amazing how different you feel away from your day to day surroundings. I love hiking solo and am able to hike at any pace I wish, turn back when I want, or trek ahead if I please. There’s nothing like only hearing the sound of my footsteps, the wind, and my breath.
For a challenge.
I am always look to hike more challenging trails, add more mileage, pack less (or carrying a heavier pack), and be more efficient.
Like a runner’s high, I fall into this meditative state. It is an excellent time for self reflection and to push yourself.
There is nothing like leaving your car at the trailhead and being on your own with a map and whatever you can carry on your back. Whatever self-doubts and anxieties are you in life, once you are the on trail you rely on yourself, and it feels right to do so.
Being on the trail for hours at a time gives you an opportunity to appreciate the intricacies of nature and how small we really are.
To meet new people.
This kind of contradicts the previous statements, but when you want, you have an opportunity to talk with all sorts of people who share the same passion. On some hikes I’ve talked to people in passing. Other times I hike with people I meet on the trail.
For a good laugh.
When you get caught in a sudden downpour, fall off a butt sled, or fall in a spruce trap hikers can’t help but laugh. On the trail you’ll find yourself breaking out in song in no time.
For the views.
I’d be lying if this wasn’t a top reason. I think you have to really work for the best views. Once you get the first glimpse of a mountain range in the distance, a coveted under-cast, or beautiful sunset it captures why hikers are so passionate in a single photo.
Why do you hike? Leave a comment below!