Interesting Facts About Hiking: A Grand Adventure

Do you love nature? Have you considered going for nature walks? If your answer is positive, I am sure you will love to go hiking! If you are interested in fun, or nature, or exercise, or breathtaking views, or all four, there’s a good chance you might like hiking.
What is hiking? It is an outdoor activity, which involves walking in the natural environment. It is regarded as a part of mountaineering, which consists of walking, trekking, and climbing mountains as also hiking.
It is a popular sport in many parts of the world and a hobby for many sport enthusiasts. Apart from offering many health benefits, hiking also serves as an excellent means of recreation. Where did this outdoor activity originate? Since when has hiking been practiced as a popular sport?
There is no conclusive evidence about the exact year that witnessed the beginning of hiking. Otzi, the Iceman is believed to have climbed up the Alps about 5000 years ago. However, the first recorded trek was that of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to Etna, which is an active stratovolcano near Sicily.
Hiking is a grand adventure — your feet can take you to the most amazing places (and amazing views). But there’s more to do out there than just going from point A to point B. Without further ado, let’s look at EIGHT interesting facts about hiking. Enjoy!
1. Hikes range in distance from under 100 feet to thousands of miles. If you have never been hiking before, you should start at the lower end of the scale instead of, say, the Pacific Crest Trail, which requires more skills and sometimes quitting your job.
2. Unlike other XTREME sports like rock climbing and heli-skiing, you don’t need hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of gadgets and shiny things to hike. If you have shoes, a Snickers bar, and a bottle of water, you can go hiking. Also, if you only have shoes and no Snickers bar or bottle of water, you can still go hiking.
3. Most popular hikes are on trails. You do not necessarily need a trail to go hiking. If you don’t have a trail, you are “bushwhacking,” which is a lot like hiking, but slower and less fun.
4. Hiking has been known to increase the satisfaction level of many types of freeze dried food, as well as several flavors of energy bars, up to 35 percent.
5. Some hikes end at rock climbing destinations, like El Capitan and Castleton Tower. If you are not a rock climber, hikes that do not end at rock climbing destinations will probably be more interesting.
6. Hiking was the inspiration for skiing and snowshoeing. Actually, the rage induced by postholing while hiking was probably the inspiration for those two things, but whatever.
7. One of the major events in the history of hiking was the ascent of Darby Field to Mount Washington located in New Hampshire. No major expeditions took place in the seventeenth century.
An ascent to the snow mountain Titus was recorded in 1744. The later years saw a number of important mountain expeditions, which are some of the key events on the timeline of hiking. A team of mountaineers reached Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, in 1874. W.S. Green climbed the Southern Alps of New Zealand in 1882.
The highest peak of the Andes is recorded to have been climbed in 1897 and 1898 was the year when the Grand Teton of the Rocky Mountains of North America was ascended. Mount McKinley was climbed in 1913.
8. It doesn’t matter whether you take a walk in the park or lace up your hiking boots for a backpacking expedition up a mountain. Hiking on the trail – immersed in nature – offers understated health benefits for adults and children alike. Health benefits of hiking include improving your physical, mental, and for some – even spiritual – wellbeing.
A 2008 study by the Scottish Health Study concluded that outdoor physical activity has a significantly greater positive effect on mental health than exercising in a gym. In addition, running outdoors reportedly has a better effect on the body than running on a treadmill or stationary bicycle.

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