Hiking

Did You Know?

“On October 17, 1998, Kazi Sherpa became the fastest person to climb from base camp, to the summit of Mt. Everest. Kazi took 2hr. 5min. off the record set by Marc Batard (French) on September 25-26th 1988. When he made the ascent Kazi climbed the Everest without bottled oxygen and had his name appear in the Guinness Book of World Record 2000 for the fastest climbing. He wore Nepali national dress daura and suruwal and carried a national flag to the top.” What was the fastest time to climb mount Everest?

There is no conclusive evidence about the exact year, which witnessed the beginning of hiking. Otzi, the Iceman is believed to have climbed up the Alps about 5000 years ago. However the first recorded trek was that of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to Etna, which is today, an active stratovolcano near Sicily. Read more at Buzzle

Hiking, a part of mountaineering is about walking in the company of nature. It is known by different names in different parts of the world. In the United Kingdom it is known as 'hill walking'. In Australia it is called 'bush walking' while it is known as 'tramping' in New Zealand. In the Indian and African continents, this sport is known by the name, 'trekking'. Read more at Buzzle 

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What to Expect

What to Expect

Hiking can be whatever you want it to be!  Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and take a slow walk, and sometimes it’s fun to challenge yourself with how far you can go!  However you like to hike, it’s a great way to experience nature firsthand.

Gear Up!

Gear Up!

When you go hiking, make sure you’re prepared!  Always let someone know where you’re going, and be sure to bring a water bottle with you to stay hydrated.  It’s a great idea to bring a snack (such as a granola bar) for energy as well…and never forget sunscreen!

Dress Cool

What to Wear

When you’re in the forest, it’s important to make sure you’re properly protected.  Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes that will protect your feet from the elements.

Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are also important, so you don’t cut your legs on branches as you pass by, or if you come across some poison oak!  And don’t forget to wear a hat for sun protection!

You Might See...

You Might See…

Hiking is all about the sights and sounds of the forest!  There are so many beautiful things, from the ‘big picture’ of a colorful horizon to the smallest rocks on the ground.

Look around you!  How many different kinds of trees do you see?  Are there flowers around?  Take a break, sit on a rock and look around you for unique plants, tiny critters and interesting rocks. 

 

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