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Outdoor Lore for Hikers

What does an old fashioned term like "outdoor lore" have to do with hiking?

Hmmmm... some women like to hike strictly for the fresh air and exercise. Getting up and down the trail at warp speed is what it's all about, in order to gain the maximum workout.

And sometimes it's about hiking for weight loss.

Others enjoy the social aspect of shared time on the trail.

Or sometimes it feels good just to go solo to soak up some solitude.

No matter which type of hiker you are, you will be bumping into (sometimes literally) an amazing variety of

  • animals,
  • beautiful flower gardens planted by Mother Nature,
  • weird rock formations,
  • interesting or menacing cloud patterns,
  • gorgeous butterflies, and who knows what else?

And sometimes, these natural features of your hiking terrain have a message for you that can impact your hiking trip.

  • For example, if you see certain rock types, you might be able to find some fossils. How cool is that?
  • If you spot lenticular clouds forming like the ones at the top right of this photo, you might want to reconsider your turn-around time. Do you know why?

And then there are hikers like me, who just like to know the names of things.

  • That's what lures me onto the trail every time.
  • Who knows what I might see right around the bend in the trail?

I've had a lot of fun showing newbie hikers where to find edible plants, or how to figure out what fox tracks on a river bank mean. I'm self taught, and you can be, too.

For general purposes, here's a list of hiking field guides you can use to get started.

Follow the links below for specific outdoor knowledge resources to help you gain familiarity with everything that you'll encounter on your hikes.

Make it a game! Learn one new thing every hike you take, and if you want to go all-in nerdy, keep a trail journal with photos, sketches, diagrams and pressed flowers and leaves.

  • It will make one heck of a nice winter diversion, revisiting all of your hikes in a very tangible, personal way.
  • Very nice way to pass along your love of the outdoors to family and friends, too.

The life around you

Botanical outdoor lore!


BOTANY For Hikers

EDIBLE PLANTS


MAMMAL IDENTIFICATION

Wonder where that shaggy mountain goat is headed?


ANIMAL TRACKING

REPTILES

INSECTS

BIRDS

Camp robbers (gray jays) have earned their name! Do you know what else they're called?


The outdoor lore
of your surroundings


GEOLOGY

STAR GAZING

WEATHER

EMERGENCY SHELTER

More coming! I'm always adding to hiking resources for you...'cuz that's what I love to do.


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