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FUN hiking stuff??
Some people read that title, and say "What's so fun about getting tired and sweaty?"
You read it and say "Hmm, I'm going to check out the hiking stuff she's found."
You're just my kinda hiker!
But I should warn you that fun is in the eye of the beholder.
For me, getting sweaty and dirty by spending a glorious day out on the trail is the most fun a person can have in life.
Reluctantly, I admit that not everyone would agree.
But you must, if you've read this far. And that makes us sisters in the women hikers clan of fun hiking stuff!
Here are my recommended sources of fun, in no particular order.
Let's begin with a little hiking humor.
I have to put in a plug for one of my favorite local (Seattle area) outdoor writers with a wicked sense of humor: Ron Judd.
He's managed to make a living as a columnist for the Seattle Times, as well as writing an impressive array of guide books.
For a quick shot of his particular brand of humor, dip into one of the essays in his book:
Bonus round: buried beneath the humor are little pearls of outdoor wisdom from a guy who has spent a lot of time thinking about gear, trails, hiking techniques, and outdoor safety.
Here's just a quick sample of his chapter headings:
He's also pretty good at making you wish you were outdoors, which is the whole point of fun hiking stuff, right?
I love the use of humor as an educational tool. Here's an article that will make you laugh, but also make you think.
Maybe you've always been curious about the birds you see and hear on the trail.
Birding for hikers is an art unto itself. Get started here.
Or you could try a shot of hiking inspiration mixed in amongst the fun hiking stuff.
For example, have you ever pondered how women hikers deal with physical and mental challenges and adversity?
Or what motivates a woman to set a hiking goal and then achieve it?
I've got a short list of inspiring outdoor women, and I've noticed that they mix in a fair amount of fun hiking stuff as they tell their stories.
Helen Thayer is at the top of the list.
Hearing her speak at a National Geographic Live! event several years ago, I was amazed at her understanding of how the wild places on this earth can inspire women to be their best.
And as I get older, I value the trailblazers who don't let their age get in the way of their mileage.
Ever ponder who the famous female hikers are? I did!
And here's a great way to meet other hikers: Hike With Me.
Organized groups might be your ticket to trail dust and fun.
Have you heard of the Trail Dames? These women formed a hiking club with a great mission which I fully endorse: to get women out onto a hiking trail!
In their own words: "If you are a woman, then you are welcome. Any shape, size, color, religious, political, or otherwise persuasion...you are welcome."
Gotta love the inclusiveness!
Check them out right here.
Another fun organization for female hikers: Great Old Broads for Wilderness.
But besides getting outdoors, they have a serious reason for getting women together, as stated in their motto: "Working to preserve & protect wilderness since 1989."
There is no shortage of entertaining and educational blogs. These are penned by women hikers, and contain a potent mix of humor and wisdom.
The only trouble is finding time to read all of them!
What are your favorite hiking blogs? I'd love to swap lists with you - drop me a line below.
Think movies are almost as much fun as hiking?
And stop by the Hiking For Her YouTube channel for a glimpse of where I love to hike!
Sometimes it's fun to read what others have to say about trail experiences.
Here's a great cache of quotes to get you fired up about getting outside: alphabetized by topic, no less.
Now that you're motivated to get out there and tear up the trail, here's just what you need to be sure your hike is fun, not fundamentally flawed:Click Here For Your Free Dayhike Checklist
Gifts for hikers: Use these suggestions to leave hints for your birthday, or delight a trail buddy on your annual celebratory hike.
Need an inexpensive hiking gift? Here are my suggestions.
If you're a non-hiker, you need this gift giving guide!
What about a hiking memento which can be passed down to future generations?
Ever taken a hiking quiz? I designed a few to get you thinking about solo hiking.
One more "fun" themed thought: check out these book recommendations.
One of them might open up a whole new universe of hiking fun for you or a budding hiker - flowers, trees, clouds, rocks, critters... bringing a whole new meaning to fun hiking stuff.
Please help me add to the wealth of fun hiking suggestions, won't you?
Drop me a line using the box below.
And thanks in advance for sharing.
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