In Defense of Running

Walking very slowly is nice, too, and I wrote about that here. I used to think that running was for people who were trying to achieve something or trying to be better than someone else.  I used to wonder why you would put yourself through such an uncomfortable thing if you weren't competitive or athletic. ... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Walking Very Slowly

To see my essay about hiking very fast instead of very slowly, click here. Things that have happened when I walked slowly or without any ambitious goal in mind:  When Wade and I went to a small park in Washington we didn't know anything about, we explored the network of short trails without a plan. ... Continue Reading →

A Different Kind of Gear List

Approximately 20-25lbs of home: One very special purple, scratched-up titanium spork that Wade gave me for my birthday on the AT (because what else do you give a thru-hiker?). A tiny bottle of Doc Bronner's we barely ever use, so God knows where or when we actually bought it. One lighter of similarly mysterious origin.... Continue Reading →

Hiking Buddy Application

Note:  This is not actually meant to be a method of  judging people to be fit or unfit as hiking partners, it is just a slightly tongue-in-cheek idea I had after some conversations about What Makes a Good Hiking Buddy (an undefinable concept).  It might be a good way to get to know people before... Continue Reading →

Three Very Different Books About Walking

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit This book was a meandering but accessible description of why, culturally, we walk and how this has changed over the course of history. Everybody walks (well, almost), so the culture of walking is relevant to almost every field of study and every person. Walking, as Solnit says, is... Continue Reading →

You Should Go Snowshoeing this Winter!

I just went snowshoeing this weekend, and after seeing this article about the practical benefits of snowshoeing, I thought I'd add my own, less objective reasons to snowshoe.  I think it's one of the most underrated activities out there, maybe because it seems like hard work (which it is, but it's fun work!) It's cheap... Continue Reading →

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