by Diane Spicer
Seriously, are you kidding?
FUN hiking stuff??
Some people read that declaration and say "What's so darn fun about getting tired and sweaty?"
You, dear hiker, 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.
Giving stuff away! So. Much. Fun.
There is always something fun to be given away on this website, so bookmark this current giveaways page and check back often.
Another way to keep up with the best hiking gear developments:
Nothing that I can think of!
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Never overlook the value of a little hiking humor.
Belly laughs are good for your skeletal muscles - all that gasping for air sends them lots of oxygen!
Here's a plug for one of my favorite Seattle outdoor writers with a wicked sense of humor: Ron Judd.
He's managed to make a living as a writer for the Seattle Times, plus pumping out an impressive array of hiking guide books.
For a quick shot of his particular brand of humor, dip into one of the essays in his book:
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:
He's also pretty good at making you wish you were outdoors, which is the whole point of fun hiking stuff, right?
Want to remind yourself of your hiking fun every day?
Use a notebook like this!
You could try a shot of hiking inspiration mixed into 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.
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!
What's more fun than taking a hike?
Sharing it later with other hikers.
Use this Hiking For Her page to share your hike, and include a photo or two to entice us onto the trail.
And speaking of inspiration...
Enjoy this gallery of motivational and inspirational hiking quotes, along with a bit of hiking humor:
Some hikers are visual learners, and get a chuckle out of hiking tips pulled together in the format of an infographic.
Hiking For Her pulled together all of them on one page, for your fun hiking stuff enjoyment!
Maybe organized groups might be your ticket to trail dust and fun.
Have you heard of the Trail Dames?
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."
How fun is it to just show up and allow an experienced teacher to show you some new trail skills?
Or how to use outdoor gear, hiking clothing and camping equipment to get the most out of it?
REI classes are just the ticket to finding other hikers as you build skills and explore new ways to hit the trail.
If e-courses are more your style, Hiking For Her offers these:
Time spent in the outdoors entices us to keep learning.
Maybe fungi fascinate you. Learn more about them!
Maybe you've always been curious about the birds you see and hear on the trail.
And there's stargazing, navigation, wildflower identification... endless chances to grow a deeper relationship with Mother Earth.
Next time your brain gets tickled by something new you see, follow that thought and you might discover a fun new hobby.
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?
Itching to do some iconic Mount Rainer day hikes?
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:
More ways to have fun with gear checklists, right here!
Gifts for hikers: Use those suggestions to leave hints for your birthday, or delight a trail buddy on your annual celebratory hike.
Need an inexpensive hiking gift?
And here is my current gift guide for hikers. Oh, and this one, too!
If you're a non-hiker, you need this gift giving guide!
Want a super fast but fun gift for your hiker?
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.
Please help me add to the wealth of fun hiking suggestions, won't you?
And thanks in advance for sharing :)
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