Hike

I hike. A lot. It’s one of my favorite things to do – generally, just me and a long trail, deep in the forest, in the mountains, whatever. I can remember doing something like 5 miles and thinking that was a real accomplishment; now, 5 miles isn’t worth getting out of bed for, unless it’s a really compelling 5 miles. Now, I try to get at least 15 miles on a trek, but I’m working up to even more.

I try to log significant hikes (and paddles, and bike rides – anything, really). I use Endomondo on my phone, and I have an awesome Suunto Ambit Peak 3 GPS watch. Seriously, that watch is amazing. GPS, waypoint mapping, weather alerts; it’s fantastic. Unfortunately, Endomondo is reliant on cellular signals (because it’s on my phone), so it often drops out, if I’m in the remote wilderness. Not the Suunto – it never drops out. Ever. Worth every penny, and then some.

Additionally, I have loads of other gear – too much to mention. But a good pack, good boots and good socks are critical. If you’re aggressive – like me – water shoes and a sturdy pole are also requirements. Plus, of course, survival gear, in case of an emergency. Matches, a whistle, signal mirror, mylar blanket, emergency poncho, filter straw, a compass, first aid kit – better to be overloaded and not need it than to get in trouble and wish you had it. And, of course, duct tape. it has a million uses on the trail.

There are some perils on the trail, so safety first. Taken at the PCSF.

There are some perils on the trail, like this timber rattlesnake – so safety first. Taken at the PCSF.

I document my hikes with GPS, and have an awesome master map – both for my own edification, and so that others will hopefully get a better understanding of the area trails. I’ve done hundreds – maybe thousands – of miles, and if I can do it, anyone can. For more, see all of my hiking posts. Get out there, have fun, and be safe!