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Happy New Hiking Year!
January 19, 2022
January 2022: A Note From Diane
So to help you get out there, this month I'll share a few articles I wrote to help you take a big(ger) step toward whatever you'd like to see happen as a hiker in 2022.
Plus introduce you to an ambitious female hiker, a safety rule you need to know, a new trail coming soon (sort of), and more.
Happy New Hiking Year, and away we go...
GETTING READYDo you have backpacking plans or aspirations? I sincerely hope so!
Here are my tips on how to think about the best backpacking tent and sleep system for your plans.
While I didn't write the article, I enjoyed it and hope you will as well.
NEW TRAIL COMING SOON-ISHSadly, this trail won't be ready for you in 2022. Maybe in 2023!
The Connected Communities Project, a partnership between the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), the U.S. Forest Service, and other community partners, has begun work to create a 600-mile network of multiuse trails that will "one day" connect 15 northern California mountain towns to Reno, Nevada.
Named the Lost Sierra Route, hikers will have to share the trail with other outdoor enthusiasts: mountain bikers, motorcycle riders, equestrians, trail runners, hunters, and fisher(wo)men.
BORROW A FOURTH GRADER!Unless you’re lucky enough to live and hike with one, that is.
4th graders and family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.
Get your pass here:
Every Kid Outdoors Info 2022
The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students. The pass is valid for the 2021 to 2022 school year and expires August 31, 2022.
It admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
HFH GIVEAWAYHave you tossed your email address in the hat yet to win a copy of this book?
Time is running out, so get it done by January 31st, 2022. (Yes, that counts as a hiking goal.)
Wait, what book?
Nancy East's new book about her record breaking Fastest Known Time adventure in the Great Smokies National Park: the 900 Miler.
Read my review here:
DO YOU KNOW THE THUMB TRICK?All it takes is your thumb to know when you are too close to wildlife.
You don’t want to star in one of those Yellowstone/bison videos, right?
This 45 second YT video from LeaveNoTrace explains how to keep yourself safe in the presence of large animals:
MEET AN AMBITIOUS HIKERBriana DeSanctis, 38, completed the AT and decided that wasn’t enough to keep her satisfied.
So why not plan a 5,057 mile journey? The American Discovery Trail in a little more than a year, for example.
She began her journey from the coast in Cape Henlopen, Delaware and plans to hike through Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California before she dips her (maybe sore) toes in the Pacific Ocean.
Welcome 2022Twelve months of time, uncountable miles of trails!
I wish you strong legs, time for exploration, and maybe a new piece of hiking gear (or two).
I love hearing from you, all you have to do is hit Reply. Let me know your reactions to what you've read in the newsletter, or suggestions for new topics I should cover, or whatever is funny, inspiring or informative that you'd like to share.
Thanks for reading to the end! You, my dear, are a rock star in my book (which is high praise indeed from a veteran of rocky hiking trails).
Happy New Year Trails,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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