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Thu, Jan. 12th, 2006, 08:32 pm
black_berry623: In Search of Hikers

Hello. I'm writing a short article on the hiking scene in my city.

I have zero hiking experience myself so I am going on my first hike this weekend. Before I go, I would be appreciative if I could pick your brains a little so I can get in to the hiker's mind.

What is it about hiking that interests you?
Is it easy to get started?
Is it easy to get hurt? Are there a great deal of safety precautions?
How important is equipment?
How do you determine if a hike was successful?

Thank you so much for any help you can provide.

Thu, Jan. 12th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)

Err...hate to burst your bubble but orienteers are not hikers. There is very little in common between a fast, competitive sport and a Sunday afternoon easy pass time. I like both but come on...calling us hikers is just about as offensive as you can get!

Thu, Jan. 12th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)

Actually, there's a lot of cross-over between non-competitive orienteers, who are basically hikers/joggers with a map, and hikers. (tsukata actually tried to get the local club to report walkers'/hikers' results on a different list from the competitors, but to no avail. Apparently, this would be "complicated.") I always assumed that a similar level of crossover existed among the serious competitors, just because hiking is a nice outdoorsy thing that doesn't require any special training or equipment, but I guess I was wrong about that.

I was going to suggest that the original poster should try the hiking or outdoors community, or some such place, for a more accurately targeted audience. But it seems they did, already. Hello LJ spam!

Fri, Jan. 13th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)

Sorry guys I didn't mean to cause any trouble or be offensive. Though I'm not too athletically inclined myself, I was fairly certain orienteering and hiking were not the same thing. But since you all have hiking listed as an interest, I figured there were probably a great deal of people who would be interested in sharing their knowledge of hiking as well.

Apologies again for the confusion.

Mon, Jan. 16th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
n7eie: Hiking/Orienteering...

Great questions, but I noticed in all the comments about orienteering vs. hiking no one answered your questions.

I have been walking and hiking for about 15 years now, and orienteering for 10. I have had knee problems for many years, and as it turns out I can walk for miles, but cannot run at all. I jog for 50 meters and my knees swell up. Therefore when I go orienteering, I just walk (fairly fast) on the trails of the easier courses, and watch most of the time-conscious orienteers zoom by me. Yes, I never win, but I enjoy the real navigation of new areas.

To the questions, I say!:

>What is it about hiking that interests you?
Hearing the birdies chirpin', the bugs a buzzin', the sun a shinin', and the breeze a blowin. Hello, mother nature, long time no see.

>Is it easy to get started?
Yes. Walk. Up in the hills, or on a walking path, or out in a field, or on a snow-covered mountain, or by the beach. Just walk.

>Is it easy to get hurt?
It is possible to twist an ankle occasionally on slippery rocks or logs, or get stung by a bee or bit by a snake. Possible, not likely.

Are there a great deal of safety precautions?
Never walk off a cliff, piss off a snake, poke a bear with a stick, or jump in a hole.

>How important is equipment?
Pretty important, but common sense and planning are the two most important items before a good hike or orienteering event.
Good boots: INVALUABLE. Good, stiff, high, waterproof boots will save you countless problems on the trail. Keep them polished, well-lubricated, clean, and waterproofed.
Always have water, a whistle, a hat, a knife, a snakebite kit, a compass, enough clothes, and a MAP.

>How do you determine if a hike was successful?
If you are alive and home at the end of the day, and not dead or lost in the woods at night, then the hike was successful.

Good luck.
Take a hike!


Thu, Feb. 9th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
black_berry623: Re: Hiking/Orienteering... (Thank you!)

I posted here a few weeks ago for some insight into hiking. Thank you so much for your comments. I had a much clearer idea of what to expect and my article was that much better.

My hike was really difficult because I was with experienced hikers but I really felt a sense of accomplishment at the end. I'll definitely try it again some day but I'll be sure to invest in proper hiking boots first.

Thank you again

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
techiehatfield: Answers

~What is it about hiking that interests you?
Its just being outside and having a good time. Sure there is the comepetitive side to it, but just being outside for a while is fun to me.
~Is it easy to get started?
Sure, just find a local orienteering meet or a park and just go around there.
~Is it easy to get hurt?
Easy if your careless, but if you watch where you are going, you will usually be alright.
~How important is equipment?
Good boots, tough clothes (if your not following trails), water, maybe cereal bar, compass, map, first aid/snake bite kit, and I find that a knife is always handy.
~How do you determine if a hike was successful?
If your outside and you have fun than it is a most successful hike.