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Fun Hiking Stuff:
The Best Ideas For Hikers

Are you kidding?

FUN hiking stuff??

Some people read that title, and say "What's so fun about getting tired and sweaty?"

You read it and say "Hmm, I'm going to check out the hiking stuff she's found."

You're just my kinda hiker!

But I should warn you that fun is in the eye of the beholder.

For me, getting sweaty and dirty by spending a glorious day out on the trail is the most fun a person can have in life.

Reluctantly, I admit that not everyone would agree.

But you must, if you've read this far.

And that makes us sisters in the women hikers clan of fun hiking stuff!

Here are my best sources of hiking fun, recommended in no particular order.

Surprised female hiker sitting on a hiking trail with her backpackFun hiking stuff should make you feel delighted to be a hiker!


My favorite fun hiking stuff:
giveaways

Giving stuff away! So. Much. Fun.

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What's more fun than a
community of female hikers?

Nothing that I can think of!

Please join our private, secure and exclusive Over Forty Hiker community, described here.

Close, but not yet forty?

  • Take a look anyway, you might see a good reason to join the fun.


More fun hiking stuff:
humor

Never overlook the value of a little hiking humor.

  • Belly laughs are good for your skeletal muscles (all that gasping for air sends lots of oxygen to them!)

I have to put in a plug for one of my favorite local (Seattle area) outdoor writers with a wicked sense of humor: Ron Judd.

He's managed to make a living as a columnist for the Seattle Times, as well as writing an impressive array of guide books.

For a quick shot of his particular brand of humor, dip into one of the essays in his book:

The Roof-Rack Chronicles: An Honest Guide to Outdoor Recreation, Excessive Gear Consumption, and Playing with Matches

Bonus round: buried beneath the humor are little pearls of outdoor wisdom from a guy who has spent a lot of time thinking about gear, trails, hiking techniques, and outdoor safety.

Here's just a quick sample of his chapter headings:

  • "Pestilence: Why God Owns Stock in DEET"
  • "Bears Are Your Friends - Just Not Very Good Ones".

He's also pretty good at making you wish you were outdoors, which is the whole point of fun hiking stuff, right?


Have fun hiking
and get inspired

Maybe you've always been curious about the birds you see and hear on the trail.

  • Birding for hikers is an art unto itself.
  • Get started here.

Or you could try a shot of hiking inspiration mixed in amongst the fun hiking stuff.

For example, have you ever pondered how women hikers deal with physical and mental challenges and adversity?

Or what motivates a woman to set a hiking goal and then achieve it?

I've got a short list of inspiring outdoor women, and I've noticed that they mix in a fair amount of fun hiking stuff as they tell their stories.

  • Hearing her speak at a National Geographic Live! event several years ago, I was amazed at her understanding of how the wild places on this earth can inspire women to be their best.

And as I grow older, I value the trailblazers who don't let their age get in the way of their mileage.

Ever ponder who the famous female hikers are?

I did!

  • You can read my review of a new Emma "Grandma" Gatewood book for children here.
  • You can inspire a whole new generation of hikers with this woman's story.

Meet other inspiring hikers

Here's a great way to meet other hikers: Hike With Me.

Or maybe organized groups might be your ticket to trail dust and fun.

Have you heard of the Trail Dames?

  • These women formed a hiking club with a great mission which I fully endorse: to get women out onto a hiking trail!

In their own words:

"If you are a woman, then you are welcome. Any shape, size, color, religious, political, or otherwise persuasion...you are welcome."

Gotta love the inclusiveness!

Check them out right here.

Another fun organization for female hikers:

In addition to getting outdoors, they have a serious reason for getting women together, as stated in their motto:

"Working to preserve & protect wilderness since 1989."


Entertaining hiking
blogs & movies

There is no shortage of entertaining and educational blogs. These are penned by women hikers, and contain a potent mix of humor and wisdom.

The only trouble is finding time to read all of them!

What are your favorite hiking blogs? I'd love to swap lists with you - drop me a line below.

Think movies are almost as much fun as hiking?

And stop by the young but growing Hiking For Her YouTube channel for a glimpse of where I love to hike!


Checklist

Now that you're motivated to get out there and tear up the trail, here's just what you need to be sure your hike is fun, not fundamentally flawed:



Fun gifts
for the hikers you love

Gifts for hikers: Use those suggestions to leave hints for your birthday, or delight a trail buddy on your annual celebratory hike.

  • And if you have any "must add" suggestions for my list, let me know.

Need an inexpensive hiking gift?

And here's my current gift guide for hikers.

If you're a non-hiker, you need this gift giving guide!

Want a super fast but fun gift for your hiker?

Hiking memories
and entertainment

What about a hiking memento which can be passed down to future generations?

Ever taken a hiking quiz? I designed a few to get you thinking about solo hiking.

One more "fun" themed thought: check out these book recommendations.

One of them might open up a whole new universe of hiking fun for you or a budding hiker - flowers, trees, clouds, rocks, critters...

bringing a whole new meaning to fun hiking stuff.

Wild pink rose with pollinatorName this wildflower! Extra points for the pollinator.


Add to the fun!

Please help me add to the wealth of fun hiking suggestions, won't you?

And thanks in advance for sharing.


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