Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Hike v. intr 1. To go on an extended walk for pleasure or exercise, especially in the country.

In New Zealand it’s called tramping.
In India or Nepal it’s likely trekking.
In Australia it might be called bushwalking.
In the United Kingdom it’s usually called rambling or hillwalking.
Hill or mountain walks in northern Great Britain--fellwalking.

Walk. March. Traipse. Journey on foot.  Hoof it. Trudge. Scramble. Slog. Bushwack. Saunter. Tromp. Stroll. Tread. Traverse. Perambulate. Amble.

Dayhiking. Thru-hiking. Backpacking.

En Espanol: caminata, excursion, paseo de ejercicio, dar largos paseos, excursionar.

Auf Deutsch: wanderung. 

Call it whatever you want. But hiking is certainly one of my favorite pastimes. And I’m extremely eager to get back to it in warmer weather. Is it spring yet?!

"My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing." ~Aldous Huxley

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." ~John Muir

"The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Walking takes longer than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed." ~Edward Abbey

"My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-three today and we don't know where the hell she is." ~Ellen DeGeneres

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