“Have you ever gotten lost?” This question (or some variation of it) comes up often in my presentations about hiking. The answer isn’t simple. While there have been plenty of times I’ve been “temporarily disoriented”, there have never been times when
Deep breathing sustains your energy level on the trailI'm not sure when it happened. All I know is when it did, it changed my days on the trail forever. It has nothing to do with the latest ultralight gear discovery or fitness app. It's about something that's with you 24-7. Your lungs. I'm talking about deep breathing. Like many people, when I first started hiking, I frequently needed to stop to catch my breath, most often on steep ascents. I'd lean on a tree, wait for my breathing to slow down, then I'd start in again. I didn't think there was anything wrong with this. I thought it was a normal part of doing aerobic exercise with a bit of the need to get into better shape thrown into the mix. I was only partially right.
Training for a Long Distance Hike After my lectures and during my book signings, I am often asked, “How do you train for a hike?” It’s a really good question. Most folks (including me) don’t want to spend our time away from the
Logistics: Planning your hike My friend, Wayne Cyr, and I spent 28 years hiking the Appalachian Trail, one section at a time. Every time we were in our adventure mode (heading to the trail, traveling back from it or out on