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The "walking" part of a hike is what makes the end good, there is no achievement in teleporting to the top or to your destination, its the trip that makes the end so great. What you consider the end, is either home or the top; but both are great and rewarding.

I have a great time the whole trip, but there is differences from scenery to scenery; forests (summer) aren't really my thing, i prefer mountain terrain. But forest terrain in winter time, with thick soft snow covering all the trees in your horizon; is one of the best sceneries you can experience.



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I had my fun yet painful share of hiking/climbing trails at Austin, TX. Went with a group of friends on some spontaneous trip without gear all sober. The fun part was the cooperatively exploring and climbing endlessly. Painful part was when I lost balance trying to take a cool picture on the edge of a cliff. Next thing you know my friends raced down and 2 of them also got hurt stumbling on some loose gravel. Will we do it again? YES. Will we wear Trail shoes? that would be the smart thing.


Proper trail shoes are a must, makes the trip much better.

One of my favorite moments at a trip:

At grønnfjellet (greenmountain) far from civilization, me and a friend stumbled upon a huge vertical hole, all made by nature. It was about 50-70 meters deep and 2 meters wide, and a small brook was ending in the hole. It was creepy, as you could easily just walk straight down into it, ending in your death, at winter this hole would be even more dangerous! At the bottom, there was a reindeer skeleton, thats all we could see from the top.

Some weeks later, we venture back; with climbing equipment. We rappel down the hole to see what's down there, except skeletons. We follow the brook inside the mountain, until the "tunnelish" cave gets too small to venture. The whole "cavern" was full with moisture, water and scraps from dead animals.

Later we find out that the cliffside some clicks away, actually has a big hole in it; out of it water pours out. We figure out that the brook that went through the hole and the cavern went out there. I don't recommend drinking from that spring. ^^

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That picture looks amazing!!! You've just made me want to go to Norway - please share some more!

But I'd have to admit that I haven't been hiking in a long while. Proper hiking in the hills or moors, that is. A couple of hours wandering around the nearby common is the closest I can get... Though if you go around sunset you can see what must be an entire colony of 20+ rabbits feeding. I have pictures somewhere, I think?

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hakaze wrote:

That picture looks amazing!!! You've just made me want to go to Norway - please share some more!

But I'd have to admit that I haven't been hiking in a long while. Proper hiking in the hills or moors, that is. A couple of hours wandering around the nearby common is the closest I can get... Though if you go around sunset you can see what must be an entire colony of 20+ rabbits feeding. I have pictures somewhere, I think?



Do share!

Ill fish up some more images; i just have to find my harddisk.

Favorite part about that image, is that due to the marsh area is a part of a river delta, i had to cross 5 deep rivers (calm rivers, but ICE-COLD ones, as they originate from a medium sized glacier on the left side), so i didn't bother taking on the boots before i was over the marsh area.

And there is no such thing as "proper" hiking, its not defined by walking in mountains and hills; but i wouldn't call a city trip hiking.
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I love hiking and rockclimbing.
I get to it at least once a year, usually more often. My mom's a mountain ranger so I was born into living in the wild, so to speak. When I was six she dumped me at the campsite in the woods and told me she'd be back in two days, until then I had to survive on my own. That was my first solitary experience.
Hiking with friends is fun but hiking alone has something very special to it that can't be put into words.
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Your introduction to the outdoors sound dramatic, i can't really tell if i believe it or not. I got introduced to outdoors by my grandfather, who was my hero when i was young, he taught me everything too.

But you're right about hiking alone, you feel small and you really have time to use your mind, i often "dream" while hiking alone, time flies fast when i do that. And everything feels much more real, but hiking with friends is better on long trips.
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I love hiking lol!
I live down in hawaii so it's like one of the main things to do besides going to the beach.
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I love hiking lol!
I live down in hawaii so it's like one of the main things to do besides going to the beach.



Sounds exotic to me, to hike in Hawaii; i've actually been in Hawaii when i was around 6 years.Only thing i know about that holiday, is that i caught a small octopus at the beach. Would be nice with a picture of the scenery you face while hiking there.
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I like mountains, but I don't like climbing them.
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I like mountains! Love them! I'm from Scotland done a bit of hiking and done the three peaks of Britain in 24 hours! However can;t say i 'm too great a fan of it! Stunning scenery that will take your breath away! But I just find it woefully slow, I love to mountain bike and ski... Get to the top of the hill quickly and then come hurtling back down!
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I wouldn't like the experience of trailing up the mountain it would seem like a chore but i guess with the right people it would be fine!
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

I like mountains, but I don't like climbing them.


Do not look at it as a chore, but a experience.

Some want their trip to be exhausting and challenging, some prefer a relaxing or fun trip. Or both, depending on mood etc.


otsohiru wrote:

I like mountains! Love them! I'm from Scotland done a bit of hiking and done the three peaks of Britain in 24 hours! However can;t say i 'm too great a fan of it! Stunning scenery that will take your breath away! But I just find it woefully slow, I love to mountain bike and ski... Get to the top of the hill quickly and then come hurtling back down!


I've always wanted to go Scotland or Great Britain in general, i've seen a lot of beautiful pictures. Especially the chalk cliffs, and the low lands around.

If you find it woefully slow, you can actually have fun on the way up, at summer i try to dive into every single lake i stumble over or fish for a hour(Most high mountain waters don't have fish, you have to be a local to know where those lakes are). I sometimes just walk in swimming clothes, so i don't have to bother changing, i dry up in the hot sun anyways.

Mountain biking is a genre of outdoor activities i only done once (http://www.rallarvegen.com/index.php?m=aboutrallarvegen&lang=en), but it was fun, i will do it again one day.

One of my past times at winter, is to ski down mountain (off-pist, snowboard) after skiing up with regular skis.



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I wouldn't like the experience of trailing up the mountain it would seem like a chore but i guess with the right people it would be fine!


With the right people and mindset, it shouldn't be a problem to trail a mountain. ^^
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Yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!! You have no idea how awesome it is to meet a fellow backpacker!...It's kind of my thing I have a goal to go backpacking in Europe this year and I'll be damned if I don't follow through on it. Let me share some clips from my adventures!
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Living in Canada, I say it's a real waste if you don't ever get out and do stuff outside. It's just so easy to have outdoor experiences when there's wilderness less than an hour's drive from your house!

We've always done outdoorsy things as a family, as far back as I can remember, and I've always loved it! When we lived out West in Saskatchewan, I know we did trips to the Rockies and other places (like Banff, Jasper, and Yoho park) but I don't really remember those because I was too young. I just remember being really impressed by the angel glacier and asking my parents if it was safe to drink the melt water (they said no, but I drank some anyway). Oh and another time when we stumbled upon a mother black bear and her two cubs while portaging a canoe and my parents got really scared. I didn't fully understand why they were so upset at the time... but luckily the bears were more interested in wandering away than anything to do with us.

Since moving to Quebec, we've continued our family trips. We've done canoe-camping trips in Algonquin Park for up to 6 days at a time, and cross-country ski trips in the back country for up to 3 days at a time in Mont Tremblant park (sometimes staying in a hut and sometimes winter camping). In the summer 2011, we spent two weeks driving around Gaspesie camping here and there at different parks and doing some hiking up mountains, mountain biking, and swimming in the Atlantic (that was cold!). Last summer, we went to Bon Echo park in Ontario and my father and I did some trad rock climbing (we're both avid climbers, and my sisters are starting to get into it). It was really cool; the cliff rises straight out of a lake and you have to get to the base of the climb by canoe. My mom took pictures of us from the other side of the lake; you can barely make out two dots halfway up the rock face.

Doing stuff outside is always great fun, even if it is just a little walk in an urban park, you feel really good afterward.



(This was taken in Gaspesie; I don't remember which park. Might've been Forillon...)
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Yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!! You have no idea how awesome it is to meet a fellow backpacker!...It's kind of my thing I have a goal to go backpacking in Europe this year and I'll be damned if I don't follow through on it. Let me share some clips from my adventures!


These are awesome! Where were they taken?
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These were taken in my home State of Washington so just south of the border from you
My family is originally from Canada so I've always wanted to go there, it's such a beautiful Country! Always wanted to go to Banff, AB.
Your picture is beautiful, I'll have to add it to my destinations list!
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