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December Hiking News
December 15, 2022

December 2022: A Note From Diane

Thanks for opening up this newsletter!

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.


The 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:

Set and achieve your hiking goals

Hiking motivation and attitude

I wrote a new book review to get you thinking about worthy hiking destinations for next fall (a hiker can never think too far ahead, right?).

Lots of great color photos and plenty of trail descriptions to make a trip to Washington State just a little more special.

Fall Color Hikes in Washington State review


Enjoy 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).

AT hiker survey results 2022


If you seek out companies who do good with their products, you'll love this new giveaway from HeadPeace.

Long story short: ethically made headwear that makes you look and feel good on the trail.

You can enter for a chance to win a Lightweight Hat in the design of your choice, from now until January 31, 2023.

Hiking For Her Giveaway Details


I 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.

Safety versus complacency on a close in hiking trail


This 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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