Why Do You Hike?

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It’s a pretty simple question, but have you ever stopped to really think about it?

What is it about hiking and backpacking that motivates you enough to go outside, give up the so called ‘comforts’ of home, and sleep outdoors?

Is it the sense of freedom? Sense of adventure? The peace and quite? Solitude? Time with friends? Testing abilities? Sharing your exploits on social media, or justifying your expensive gear habit?

Lately, I’ve been questioning the ‘why’ to a lot of things that take up my time. Partly as a time-management exercise, but also to help me better understand what’s important.

So, why do YOU hike?

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    Great article Brian. I have been thinking along similar lines lately and especially 11th/12th of Jan when I spend 2 great days hiking in the Cheviots and the fierce weather that accompanied my camp on the night. I was confined to the tent for nearly 12 hours and this very topic was one I thought alot about.

    I came to the conclusion that for me, I see hiking as a sport. A sometimes gruelling sport (weather and terrain dependent) that requires good preparation and good execution. I normally like to hike long distances with a wildcamp and a return hike the day after.

    I love the distance, I love the rough terrain, I love the often poor weather. I love being alone and beyond the reach of a mobile signal; the sense of exhausted achievement when I get home, always with a story to tell the family.

    That for me is why I hike.

    All the best, Keefusoutdoors


  • Allen Bishop

    Thanks for the good read and the “Brain Candy” . Why do I hike? The time I spend in nature resets my clock, whether it is hiking, bicycling or camping. It is getting up early and listening to the woods awaken. It is setting up camp eating a meal and listen to the world quiet the day and the night come alive while enjoying a cup of tea. It is becoming one with nature once again, fulfilling the body’s deep primal need. It is living, not existing.

  • Kate

    Hiking for me is an escape from society and it is a way to connect with nature. It’s an activity to obtain tranquility. Most importantly, hiking gives me a sense of appreciation.