23 Ways Hiking Makes You Healthier

Think hiking and backpacking is just a slog? You’ll have a different opinion when you finish reading the many ways hiking makes you healthier (courtesy of The Wandering Itinerant)


Making hiking a regular habit has got many health benefits. It helps to manage your weight in the right ratio or even at times helps to lose your extra pounds. Even one hour of a hike would help you burn around 400 – 500 calories approximately. Weight loss results seem to be greater if you are hiking on a higher inclined terrain. Certainly, there are certain factors which you should consider while you prepare yourself for hiking in the forest. For instance, make sure that you carry with you enough water for staying hydrated all through your journey.

Hiking is a natural stress reliever. The major positive side of hiking is that it gives you many options to choose from regarding the location. Picking a spot which is serene and calm will help you to lift up your spirits and stay away from the daily stress. There are many studies…

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Thinking about…risks of hiking the Appalachian Trail

Sunday, April 1st, is the “traditional start date” for those backpacking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Though times have changed, and many have already set out toward Katahdin, it felt nostalgically appropriate to mark flashback Friday with this archival post. Enjoy! And be safe out there!

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English: Two campers with gear hiking through ... English: Two campers with gear hiking through Bear Mountain State Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I stumbled out of the woods at Bear Mountain State Park in New York.  I was parched and exhausted.  The spring some miles back was dry and my complete attention was fixed on the first thing I saw – a water fountain!  Disregarding two people I lurched forward and spent what seemed like five minutes gurgling, slopping, and slurping enough water to distend my belly.  Finally sated, I stopped, wiped my brow, and shed my backpack.  I looked at the two people I had until now ignored.

The man looked precisely like novelist Tom Wolfe.  He was dressed like Tom Wolfe.  Completely in white.  White hat.  White shirt and white jacket.  White slacks.  White – patent-leather shoes!  Beside him sat his lady-friend.  She, too, was in bridal white, right down to the bleached handkerchief…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Appalachian Trail

No matter the season, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a fun outdoor getaway!

Fulbright PhD Adventures in Gatorland

Great Smoky Mountains

Wooden Cabin

Deep Creek Loop Trail & Indian Creek

Oconaluftee River Trail, Cherokee, NC

Appalachian Trail, Fontana Dam and Lake

North Carolina / Tennessee State Line,
Newfound Gap Comfort Station, Appalachian Trail, US441 S

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March 14, 2018 · 6:51 pm

The risks and rewards of hiking solo as a woman

Aislinn gives an interesting perspective about backpacking solo.Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 11.21.26 AM

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Mountains, Hostels, and impolite people, but happiness😄

Pleuvi’s attitude is characteristic of those who reach Katahdin! There is no quality more crucial to the success of an Appalachian Trail journey than this.


There’s always a silver lining, and a shot at living up to your dreams. Sometimes we can get lonely and our dreams turn into other people’s dreams. Where’s this going? I started this journey knowing I wanted to solo hike. It brings me joy to enjoy the little things and sometimes people can’t see past thru hiking as a sport or competition, when it’s a spiritual awareness journey. You pull out lonely parts of you and find happiness with yourself. I love meeting new hikers. It’s mostly fun except for the few stuck up snobs who are hiking for the wrong reasons. I hike because it helps me think and get out sadness. I’m not always perfect in my hike but I cry tears of joy when I get to a tall beautiful mountain. It’s emotional and self aware to take in the beauty. I’ve had the most unfortunate run…

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What is the Appalachian Trail?

For the beginner, or someone considering the possibility of an Appalachian Trail hike, Linda offers up a superb digest of that could be in store, should you choose to tackle the AT.

Five Months to NowHere

In short, the Appalachian Trail is 2190 miles of trail through 14 states (verses 3 states for the PCT).  Backing up a bit to before when Lauren left for her journey, here is some information about the Appalachian Trail courtesy of Wikipedia.I have thrown in some pictures of information I found interesting about the trail in between the different state breakdowns of the trail.  The scenic pictures are not necessarily representing the area mentioned.  They are representative of the different terrain Lauren will experience throughout the trail.



The trail is currently protected along more than 99% of its course by federal or state ownership of the land or by right-of-way. The trail is maintained by a variety of citizen organizations, environmental advocacy groups, governmental agencies and individuals. Annually, more than 4,000 volunteers contribute over 175,000 hours of effort on the Appalachian Trail, an effort coordinated largely by the…

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Stirrings — the Appalachian Trail “early crew”

Time was the “start date” for an Appalachian Thru-Hike was April 1. No more! Some are already hoofing it to Maine…

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They’re out there.  They’re getting ready.  Some of them will set out from Springer Mountain before snow has left the ground.  They’re the ones I like to call “the early crew,” getting out the door and down the trail before the annual army of thru-hikers has departed.

April 1st is the traditional “start day” for most thru-hikers.  Plenty of time to get to Maine, lots of time to admire the view.  But in recent years a small herd has chosen to take to the Appalachian Trail for their thru-hike beginning in March or even February.  I’ve yet to hear of a backpacker out in January, but that day will likely dawn.

Heads up from a Southerner.  I can, does and will snow on the AT during February-March.  Be under no illusion that somehow just because it’s “down South” that spring flowers will be in bloom…

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