Lately whenever I run into someone they tell me things like “Oh, What’d you do this weekend? Wait let me guess, you went hiking…” or “I see you’ve been doing a lot of hiking…” and sometimes even “I don’t get why you hike so much…” Making it seem like it’s a bad thing, and sometimes I don’t know how to respond. I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on it… why do i hike…? I’m not a morning person, so why would I want to wake up before the sun rises and drive to a trail? I used to love going out on the weekends and hanging out with friends, so why don’t I do that as much anymore? Well, I would first like to mention that I didn’t get into hiking on my own, It wasn’t until I began hanging out with Daniella (Co-Founder of GTH) that I really began to explore the hiking world. But now that I have, these are the main reasons I’m crazy about it…
1. IT’S CHEAP!
I’m a broke college student, I work a few hours a week and the money I earn is usually spent on groceries and the occasional wine bottle. I don’t have enough money to go bowling, rock climbing, or dancing on the weekends. And when it comes down to it, all I need to hike is some gas money and snacks, some say gas is pretty expensive and yes it can be, but you’d also need gas to get to the bowling alley or to the dance club wouldn’t you? Exactly. And if you find people to hike with, the gas cost isn’t but a couple dollars.
2. The Views are AMAZING!!!
The most beautiful views I’ve ever seen are those I’ve encountered while hiking. I’m blown away every single time, even if I know what the view at the top looks like… its unbelievable. Why wouldn’t I want to look at something that beautiful and get the insta worthy picture, because let’s be real we all want to show off what we accomplished and feel like a badass.
3. Hiking STRENGTHENS me
Reaching the top of a mountain or simply finishing a hike always empowers me. It makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. Somehow conquering that 10,000ft mountain sure makes that Math test look like a piece of cake! Accomplishing something that at some point felt impossible is such a confident booster!
4. It helps me escape
Sometimes I feel like i’m surrounded by too much… It feels like school is just too busy and like i’m getting too overwhelmed or stressed. Some days it even feels like i’m spending too much time on the internet, too much time getting sucked in by socal media. Hiking helps me get away from all of that, it helps me forget about everything and disconnect from everyone for a few hours. I guess It’s something about the fresh air and peacefulness that helps me de-stress.
5. It Challenges Me
I’m a competitive person and I personally love a challenge. I’m competitive when it comes to everything which is why i like hiking so much. It may be an easy, moderate, difficult, short, or long hike, it’s always a challenge in my mind. If it’s meant to be an easy short hike, okay cool… but how fast can I get it done? Did i beat my previous time? I’m in a constant battle to be a better me, and I’m loving it.
6. I LOVE to eat
I know that I can’t eat whatever I want and stay in good shape, and you know what, my body knows that too. But after hiking for hours, after pushing myself to finish that hike, it feels okay to stuff myself with food. Ya’ know, because I deserve it for waking up early and getting to that trail. I deserve it for exercising under the hot sun… so I EAT. And after I eat that amazing meal, I feel pretty great!
7. You Make New Friends
It’s normal to meet people on the trails, especially if it’s a popular one. Most of the people I run into while I’m hiking are usually really friendly and say “Good Morning” or “Hi, how’s it going”; but, there are some people you just bond with enough to exchange information. I mean, it’s easy to start up conversation since you already have a common interest. Hiking can really bring people together, I am so grateful for the friendships I’ve made throughout my hiking journey!
Why do you like to hike? We’d love to hear your reasons! and remember…
“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other… again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just the summit.” -Unknown
-Written by: @ssixtos