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I Like Hiking

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    My Reasons For Hiking

    1. Peace 2. Natural Noise 3. Nature Photography 4. Solitude 5. Exercise 6. Discipline 7. Accomplishment
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 25, 2007

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    Winter Almost Over

    well winter and hunting season al almost over here in frorida and that means its back to hiking again , the wood are green and frash with new life and its beautiful out there I'll be going in about 2 weeks for a nice day hike just me and my spear
    ravennite44 ravennite44 46-50, T Feb 1, 2010

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    Hiking In Az

    I really enjoy hiking. There are a lot of great places here to hike. I love being out in nature and even when it's super hot here I still like to go out in the mornings or evening and hike. So relaxing and peaceful and great excersice :)
    TanTiffanyAZ TanTiffanyAZ 31-35, T Sep 13, 2012

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    I just finished 700 miles on the Appalachian

    trail now regrouping and looking for a female companion someone that our personalities mesh to hike either some of the Appalachian trail with me or the pacific crest in the Sierra Nevada and do some gold panning. I am lets put it as easy to look at lol very out going zero bad...
    almostperfectme almostperfectme 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 12, 2013

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    Back To Nature

    I thoroughly enjoy following the trails or even venturing off the beaten track and seeing amazing sights that just simply take your breath away. I believe that is what's missing in society today. People are getting stale because they don't push themselves to venture out into...
    PrettyPrecarious PrettyPrecarious 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 19, 2013

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    Attempted to hike at night

    and there was no lights and was pitch dark so I ended up running around a nice park that had light posts ! Lol
    mimilsu mimilsu 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    The Pleasures Of A Good Walk

    Fresh air, being out in the countryside (even when the city is close), bodily exertion, the freedom to think one's own thoughts (or the pleasure of a friend's conversation), the pleasure of stretching oneself a bit, of achieving a set purpose, of escaping from the daily routine...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 14, 2012

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    Long Distance Hiker

    Over seven years ago; I was Letterboxing on Dartmoor(Devon / UK); and I met an old git; who had a winter jacket on; a woollen cap and fleece gloves on; and this was the 4th of July.  He seemed to know where he was going; and he plodded along; on his trail poles. ...
    LadyBrighid LadyBrighid 51-55 2 Responses Aug 17, 2009

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    Top Of The World

    I have always loved nature walks & hiking, but during the past few years I have been taking it to the next level. We have hiked 3 different times on the High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. These were each approximately 5-7 hour hikes w/backpacks. There is absolutely...
    lifesinlimbo lifesinlimbo 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2013

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    Walk This Way

    Can be calming, its certainly is peaceful.Taking that solitude outdoor walk,beautiful scenery in occasional unknown territory. Alone rarely, usually take my dog with me.
    yrral32 yrral32 61-65, M 3 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    A Natural High

    My walking friends are also my hiking buddies.  We don't get out as often as we'd like.  The first big hike we did together was Prairie Mountain.  This was not a true mountain climb, but a good uphill  hike past the tree line.  You could see all the...
    Francescanolonger Francescanolonger 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2007

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    Mt. Pisgah In Winthrop, Maine

    I hiked Mt. Pisgah in Winthrop, Maine 2 weeks ago. I've been there before but not sense I was like 13 or 14 at the most. It takes about on average 20 minutes to hike but it's beautiful when you get to the top. At the top there's a big water tower you can climb and there you can...
    HaleyBloodRedRose1995 HaleyBloodRedRose1995 18-21, F May 13, 2012

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    Yosemite!

    The most amazing backpacking/hiking experience of my life :) It's been almost a year and I still get butterflies looking at pics. I will never forget climbing to the top of Half Dome...looking down from the edge...it was magnificent! If you haven't been there, it is a DEFINITE...
    TipsyTrekker TipsyTrekker 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2013

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    Mind-map

    The last time I went on a nature hike was near the beginning of last month. The time before that... probably two years prior. I lovelovelove hiking but I can never find time nor the company to go. I'm starting to get more into "urban hiking." It's not even close to being the same...
    Knabble Knabble 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 1, 2011

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    Reflections On Walking In Nature

    I recently joined a local day-hiking group thru "meetup.com." I've known about meetup for years but, for the past few, have lived a life full of distractions that kept me from following through on my desire to hike/ camp/ explore/ adventure. I won't bore you with details about...
    untether untether 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 20, 2013

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    Living Off The Things On Your Back

    I cannot say how much I love hiking or more to the point backpacking. The best year of my life I hiked most of the Pacific Crest trail. Also hiked a hundreds of miles of the Continental Divide. Rocky Mountain national park, glacier national park, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Denali...
    jerrywest jerrywest 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 28, 2011

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    I Love Hiking.

    I really do love hiking. There are a lot of great hiking spots around where I live, so I get to go hiking all the time. It really is a great time.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M Jun 7, 2012

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    Love It

    I'm not a very athletic person, but I do love to hike.  Being outdoors, enjoying the scenery, the satisfaction of completing a hike.  Have done some quite strenuous hikes, up a mountain, across several peaks.  Yes, its tiring, but the views make it so worth it!
    jasonk jasonk 41-45 2 Responses May 24, 2008

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    Hiking Groups

    I have joined a local hiking group and it's really great. They go every Saturday. Since i am new here it is a great way to meet people and learn about outdoor recreation here. Anyone else here belong to a hiking group?
    aquaseas aquaseas 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 20, 2012

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    Hiking.

    It's calming, peaceful, gives me my exercise, allows me to take pictures of the outdoors, gives time to myself, allows me to think, a breath of fresh air, time to listen to my ipod and sing where no one can hear me,take my dog for a walk, to get away from every day life...
    purplebutterfly14 purplebutterfly14 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2011

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    Tougher Trails

    I like to push myself. I'm not very athletic, so when I hike those tougher trails I feel like they kicked my ***, but I also feel accomplished. I prefer the trails that cut through a bunch of boulders as opposed to a straight trail leading up the mountain. I like climbing (not...
    Sinaname Sinaname 26-30 Jul 26, 2012

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    Noticing The View

    I started running about 10 years ago and worked my way up to two marathons. After that I started triathlons and have done numerous races including three ironman distance events. But lately I have been finding considerable joy in the peace and solace of long walks and hikes. There...
    triguy84 triguy84 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 11, 2012

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    I Used to Like To Take Long Nature Walks....

    Some lasted 5 days! I remember when I hiked the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to the North Rim and back. actual miles traveled: 33. Felt like 1000! I was so sore it took 2 weeks till I felt human again. What really made it tough was carrying a 60 lb. back pack uphill. But I...
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Oct 26, 2012

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    Hiking A Fulfiled Dream And Wish

    Years ago,before I got married,I always had a dream to do a hike with the child of my dreams,more exact,the son of my dreams...these were the requirements for my son at that moment in time... He had to be 14.... He had to be a barefooter,and had to even express the desire that...
    kaalpoter kaalpoter 51-55, M 2 Responses May 8, 2012

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    Hiking Vs. Running

    I love to hike, I just have trouble getting off my lazy butt and actually doing it. And if I'm not being lazy, I don't have time. Once my mentor and I went hiking up a giant hill. We were building up a mighty sweat. We were doing great! But then, a group of photographers came so...
    EmylovesBen EmylovesBen 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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    One Awesome Christmas Gift!

    I discovered it as if it had been hidden and forgotten beneath the Christmas tree still waiting desperately to be opened.  Although, in reality, it was a front page story that I’d wandered across while sipping my coffee on the morning of the 27th.  There was a...
    juan1966 juan1966 46-50, M 4 Responses Dec 28, 2009

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    Tall Trees, Frech Air, and Good Company!

    I love hiking! Hence, my experience membership... Has anyone here ever been to Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania? It's my all-time favorite place to hike/camp. There even an old train trestle to jump from - you land in the Lehigh River!
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 13, 2007

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    I Am The Person

    who you are warned about.  I don't really hike, I hate hiking for hikings sake.  But I will search or sight-see until I can no longer find my car, or anything which looks remotely close to where I started.  I have wondered in the dark seeking my entry point into a...
    coloco coloco 61-65, M 2 Responses Dec 13, 2010

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    I'm A Runner, But Also Like Doing New And Interesting Hikes Around Southern California

    Has anybody done The Skyline Trail which starts in Palm Springs? Otherwise known as Cactus To Clouds? I did the lower portion of it but would like advice on the upper part.
    docky1 docky1 61-65 1 Response Jan 10, 2013

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    To get lost in nature is to become one with it.

    There is something of an almost religious experience when immersed in the vastness of her splendor... A one to one communion, a coming home and a coming back into one's self. The further I ramble along her trails... Over rocks, through bush and ravines... The further I wander...
    SoulJourner SoulJourner 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 18

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    I Loved Hiking/bushwalking

    I loved bushwalking so much!! I would do it now if I could. I could maybe do short trips now. The problem is a 22 year old injury on my right foot that seems to be getting more painful as I get older. I lived in Hobart. Hobart is in a great place where it is SO easy to go for an...
    EEZY EEZY 41-45, M Jul 10, 2012

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    Its So For Me

    My favourite places for hiking,are through mountains and forests,and I love Hiking naked and bare feet .THE BARE FEET REASON... I love feeling the earth beneath my feet,and I have found that the damage it causes going bare foot,is less than shoes.When one is in a forest,the...
    kaalpoter kaalpoter 51-55, M 2 Responses May 10, 2012

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    Hiking Hunter Mountain

    Date: 2nd Week of October, 2009 Group size: 5 Area: Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, NY The original plan was to hike Mt. Washington in NH, but we were got this idea at the end of the summer, therefore, we went to hike Hunter Mountain Fire Tower, this place is not as high at Mt...
    lonehiker lonehiker 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 21, 2009

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    Hiking Has Provided Me With A New Outlook...

    For years I was an avid mountain biker and loved to hit the countless trails in the Southern California mountains. But mountain biking demands constant attention and I found myself realizing that I was missing the experience of the mountains due to the constant focus on what was...
    SaturSwing SaturSwing 41-45 2 Responses Jan 23, 2012

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    We have some beautiful trails up here,

    my favorite is called Dave's falls.
    oversimplification oversimplification 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 17

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    "you Must Have Been Born With A Backpack On Your Back""

    Those are the words my mother uttered so many times in my life when I got this "wanderlust" to take a few days off to explore some wild corner of my country of birth. I love hiking! Not on organized trails where groups of 30 to 40 people follow little footsteps painted on trees...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 17, 2011

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    Fidget

    It is slowly creeping up on me & I know it must pass by but I am dreading the 22nd of April simply because its the one year marker of my Chocolate Labs death. I know everone who owns a dog or more than one always says that they have the best dog which to them its the truth...
    USAFVeteransGal1230 USAFVeteransGal1230 22-25, F Apr 20, 2012

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    I Love to Hike!

    I have always loved to be outside.  When I was young my family and I went camping and hiking a lot in the mountains.  It was so wonderful to be able to run and play in the woods, hike up the mountain, see deer, beavers, birds and even a bear or two on the way up. ...
    beaglewoman beaglewoman 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2008

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    Just Got Back From Vacation

    The first two days, I went to Colorado and climbed a 14er. Then I went to Port Angeles Washington, and climbed up to the top of Klahane ridge. I did this by two different routes. Then I went to Mount Rainier Washington, and hiked more. Then, I hopped in a DeHavilland Dash 8...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 28, 2012

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    White Mountain

    In december 2006, I went with my family to White Mountain lodge down in Natal. The 3rd day we were there, my and my older brother hiked 3km out, absailed down 45m and then walked back. One of the only hikes I can fully remember. The point is, I like hiking
    DGSteele DGSteele 22-25, M May 5, 2012

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    Occassional

    I really enjoy hiking, but I rarely get the chance to go. My family doesn't really go anywhere (we are all lazy). But I remember going camping with school, and it was awesome! Fresh air, animals, forest, waterfalls and lakes; it was amazing. I really want to go hiking again soon...
    Allie543 Allie543 13-15, F Jan 2, 2013

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    Wanna Go?

    Wanna go hiking?  I foolishly asked my brother.  It was cool at the time.  We were working for the same company.  The work was kinda seasonal, so you worked your *** off all winter while staying in camps, then did nothing all spring till the ground dried up.  It gave you...
    Firegod74 Firegod74 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 13, 2011

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    I Wouldn't Mind Going

    The last time I went hiking was over 10 years ago, and I had some health issues, so it really didn't pan out as an enjoyable event. But even though it wasn't a very positive experience, I do remember the scenery being absolutely wonderful, and the fresh air, the fragrance of the...
    Infinite9 Infinite9 70+, F Apr 14, 2012

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    Phuket, Thailand

    I went to Phuket, Thailand on my most recent port whilst on my first deployment. I think Thailand has to be the best place I've visited. I road elephants, road a mountain bike through the country side, and hiked up a stoney, tropical rainforest paradise to a waterfall. I didn't...
    hedstrong15 hedstrong15 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 4, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    I like to be on my own sometimes and walk thinking about life or bike to a place I've never been. I'm still pretty young and I always thought is was something "older people" did...
    WillsWill WillsWill 16-17, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I've always had dreams of going traveling, just getting on a boat and exploring all different countries taking in all different cultures and learning new stiff about them countries...
    Vik91 Vik91 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    I love camping and hiking ;) I used to go all the time with Girl Scouts. My friends mom took me a few times also. I had a blast!!!
    Smileeboo Smileeboo 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    I went hiking today with my family and dogs. It was so pretty out but also super hot so we went swimming and then we went down the trail. I slipped going down the trail and twisted...
    AngelWithASecret AngelWithASecret 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    I'm going hiking on Sat So excited, Haven't gone in a while!!!
    Ruben32 Ruben32 13-15, M Jul 8

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    I was supposed to go hiking with my mastiff puppy today, but it's raining..
    Bl0ndie234 Bl0ndie234 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 9

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    The other day i was out & about doing my walk in the park Hiking With No Care Of Anyone seeing Me & thinking Of Some Of These Girls That I Was Talking To Made Me Rock Hard
    NakedHiker51 NakedHiker51 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 15

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    A few years ago I was in a rural area where I knew there was a hiking trail that went down to a set of waterfalls which I had never been to. I had been by the sign a few times but...
    redraven002 redraven002 36-40, M Jun 24

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