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Older Hikers:
Welcome To These Hiking Tips!

By Diane Spicer

Older hikers need different tips than younger hikers, and Hiking For Her covers it all. #olderhikers #tipsolderhikers #elderhikers #hikingforher

Older hikers, welcome!

You're an official member of the trail sages!

Lots of life lessons in your hiking tool kit, right?

Skip the philosophizing.

Take me straight to the tips

for senior hikers.

Still here?
I have a heartfelt message for you, from me as an older hiker:

Congratulations message for older hikers

You've reached an age anywhere over forty years, and are celebrating the fact that older hikers deserve a bit of recognition, and a touch of special treatment.

In America, we're dominated by media messages telling us that the older we get, the weaker & less worthwhile we become.

I learned to ignore that junk years ago.

I bet you did, too.

It doesn't matter to us
unless we let it matter

Out on the trail, it doesn't matter what color mascara I have on (to be honest, I haven't used a mascara wand in 3 decades).

Or if my lipstick is settled into the creases in my lips. Again, only a theoretical problem, since I don't wear it anymore.

It doesn't matter if my legs are smooth and waxed, if my eyebrows are plucked just so, if my frown lines are covered up, or if my shirt matches my heels boots.

You see, older hikers have gotten over ourselves.

What does that mean?

It means our priorities are focused on what matters on a hike.

Take me as an example.

What does matter on a hike is how strong I am, how prepared I feel, and where I'm going:

  • a waterfall? a beautiful lake? a viewpoint? tonight's camping spot? It's all good!

Older hikers are not about smashing speed or endurance records.

At least, I'm not!

I go as slowly or quickly as I want to along a trail, not bothered by trying to compete or impress.

If my feet hurt, I take a break.

If I spot a flower or rock I've never seen before, I stop and look at it!

Such wisdom... and it only took 4+ decades to beat it into my head :)

Older hikers rock!
But we do have our issues

I recall Kermit the Frog singing about how it's not easy being green.

It's not easy getting older as a hiker, either, dear Kermit.

But we can do a lot to stay in top form for the trail.

To get started, read about elder hiking & some smart tips for managing in an aging hiker's body here.

Elder hikers are older than forty but quite young at heart. Hiking For Her shares tips on staying strong and happy as an older hiker. #elderhiker #olderhiker #hiking #aginghiker #femalehikers

Or keep reading to discover tips and trail wisdom in several categories:

  • Health
  • Humor
  • Heart
  • Head

I'm hoping you'll find these topics to be useful as you age gracefully as an older female hiker.

Healthy aging as a hiker

Self care grows more important as your hiking body accumulates birthdays.

Treat yourself right with these tips:

Humor and inspiration
as an older hiker

The older I get, the funnier things seem to me.

Is this true for you, too?

I am so grateful that I can finally laugh a little at myself, and see the humor in situations that twenty years ago would have seemed very grim.

When I look in the mirror and see my laugh lines, I know that I'm a woman who can appreciate a good joke.

So I'll share sources of humor here.

And I extend an invitation for you to send me your favorite trail humor, using this CONTACT link.

What makes you laugh, on or off the trail?

What sort of trail silliness do you get up to?

The heart of the matter

You've gotta have heart if you're a hiker.

By heart, I mean courage.

  • The French word for heart, "coeur", is embedded in the English word, right?

Not only courage, but compassion, loving kindness, and a bit of a feisty spirit!

I've shared sources of inspiration for older hikers - examples of outdoorsy women who pushed beyond themselves to achieve something they believed in.

I use these women as examples of what I want to be when I'm "really" old... which I define as 20 years into the future, regardless of what each birthday adds to my cumulative years on Earth.

And finally, we come to HEAD




Trail savvy.

The outdoor school of Hard Knocks.

That's where the resources on this website come in.

I've poured out what's in my head after 50 years on the trail, and invite you to find what you're looking for in two different ways:

  • Use the UP arrow over there on the right to go up to the search box if you're on a computer.
  • Use this HFH site map to locate hiking topics.

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Older hikers are amazing

Yes, let's just admit right here that as we age, we become stronger and smarter hikers.

And we also have constraints we need to work with to keep ourselves going.

We can do it! Trail time is priceless and well worth an effort so we can keep going ... back for more adventures.

Thanks for being a hiker. You rock!

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