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Hiking News For February
February 14, 2024

February 2024: A Note From Diane

Ready for a burst of hiking news?

Ready or not, it's here!

Much better than a burst of cold rain down your neck, I hope you will agree.


You have until midnight 2/15/2024 to check out the latest giveaway.

I invite you to enter for a chance to win an ingenious filtration water bottle if you haven't done so yet.

Multiple entries will be discarded.

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Use your hiking time to work more than just your muscles!

There are (at least) 8 ways that hiking makes your brain smarter, according to me :)

Here are all the details, plus an infographic that I pulled together for you to convince the folks you love that it's smart to take a hike with you.

Eight ways hiking makes you smarter


Being brave enough to try a new type of hiking is a great way to work your brain.

Here’s my list of types of hiking to get your brain juices flowing.

Types of hiking

If you’re near (or plan to visit) Walnut Creek, CA you’re in luck because you can go on really unique hikes, featuring newts, neon scorpions, pollinators and more in early 2024.

Read the descriptions and if you go, let me know what you saw!

Wild hikes


One of the types of hiking that can grow some new brain synapses is night hiking. Here are my tips on how to get started: Try night hiking

Every hiker needs to carry illumination as one of the Ten Essentials, but especially on a night hike.

But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to ensure your safety. This month, I’d like to show you this little beauty of a headlamp.

There are 3 reasons I think it deserves a spot in your backpack: it's on sale for $26.73, it includes a dimmable red flood that won't wreck your night vision, and the style is a comfortable headband that is easy on/off.

Here are two more reasons: ultralight weight, and it's rechargeable via USB (no need for batteries).

BioLite HeadLamp 200


It’s smart to work in a little fun on your hike. How about making your own hiking stick topper out of an antler? This guy will show you how:

Antlers and you

Or you can buy a hiking stick medallion to remember your favorite hiking destinations. They also make great gifts. Here's how to find them:

Hiking stick medallions


This podcast has put out a call for hikers to answer this question: "How has silence in nature been significant to your mental health?"

If you'd like to record a voice memo with your answer, and maybe have it featured on the podcast, here's what you need to know.

You can interpret the question literally or figuratively.

The deadline for submitting your memo is March 1, 2024.

If you're nervous about what to say or would like to hear what this may sound like, here's a link to a previous community episode.

Sample podcast

This link will take you to the podcast home page, where a pop up allows you to weigh in on that question, or to ask for further information: Out There podcast

Happiness is...

... having you read all the way to the end!

Seriously, without getting all mushy on this 2/14th day, I feel much affection for hiking buddies whether virtual or real.

I truly appreciate that you take the time to open this newsletter and actually read it. The only reason I send it is to offer up tidbits that might help or amuse you in one way or another.

If you'd like off the mailing list, there's a link below to unsubscribe. No sense being valentines with me if your heart isn't in it ;)

Til next month,

Happy Trails,

Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker

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