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December Hiking News
December 15, 2022
December 2022: A Note From Diane
This month I'll keep things short, just like the days here in the Northern hemisphere. Friends "down south", enjoy those long light filled days!
With no further ado, let's jump into this month's hiking news.
NEWEST HIKING FOR HER ARTICLESThe end of the year brings a chance to think about what you want your hiking to look like in the New Year.
Here are two resources to help you:
Lots of great color photos and plenty of trail descriptions to make a trip to Washington State just a little more special.
AT STATISTICSEnjoy this interesting batch of statistics about the folks who hiked the AT in 2022, gathered from a thru hiker survey.
A few tidbits to whet your appetite:
The oldest and youngest hikers: ages 71 and 17.
The average pace (miles per day) for thru-hikers was 13.7, the slowest averaged 7.5, and the fastest averaged 32.8.
Over two-thirds of participants started their hikes solo, but most accumulated a “tramily” (trail family of new friends met along the trail).
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You can enter for a chance to win a Lightweight Hat in the design of your choice, from now until January 31, 2023.
COMPLACENCY IS NOT YOUR FRIENDI want to share this article about getting too comfortable on trails close to home and/or close to an urban area.
I see too many examples every year: unprepared and too casual hikers who set off from a trailhead near an interstate highway.
"After all, what could go wrong, home is just an hour (by car) away?"
Yikes!! Let me know what you think.
INSPIRING OUTDOOR HIKERSThis month, let it be you! Set some goals, make some plans, don't accept any excuse whatsoever and TAKE A LOTTA HIKES.
My year end wish for you (with apologies to Mark Twain):
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
(Or, as this hiker would say: Throw off the uncomfortable shoes and town clothes. Stride away from the trailhead. Catch the free flowing wind in your arms.)
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Happy New Year to you!
And Happy 2023 Trails,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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