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Take a Hike!

28 Apr
Take a Hike!

“You cannot travel the path until you become the path itself”
Ancient Buddhist saying

What’s the best way to enjoy a day outdoors?

HIKING, of course!

Mt. Tzhouhalem

Cairns on Mt. Tzhouhalem

Samsun Narrows Bluff Hike

Samsun Narrows Bluff Hike

Besides being healthy and invigorating for me it’s always been a pleasurable way to spend time outside. Hiking provides a physical challenge as well as a break from today’s hectic living and offers the tranquility of the forest as well as the thrill of connecting with nature.
Vancouver Island is rich with hiking trails and a moderate climate, allowing for year round opportunities of hiking where we can observe unique ecosystems and an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers. The pleasures promised by a hike on one of the many trails never fail to tempt me to strap on a pack and lace up my hiking boots. The scenery at the top of a mountain is without a doubt well worth the effort it sometimes takes to climb there. Rock outcroppings offer rest spots with breathtaking vistas, eagles soar overhead and birdsong fills the clear, brisk air. The rewards are immeasurable.

There are no guarantees that the wilderness you’re hiking today will still be there tomorrow, therefore when it comes to sharing and enjoying nature a little consideration is crucial. More people are finding pleasure in the outdoors and the evidence of public recreation and the effect on the environment is becoming increasingly apparent. Even one hiker can have an impact on the fragile wilderness and hopefully we can retain the essence of the outdoors by using good ethics and practicing ‘no-trace hiking’. Carrying out everything we bring into the forest, treating the forest and the trails with respect and leaving “only our footprints behind”.

Genoa Bay HikeCairns on Mt TzhouhalemMaple Mountain View of Maple Bay

So strap on a packsack, lace up your boots and hit the trails.

But before you head out here are a few significant points to keep in mind.
• Insure that you are physically prepared
Carry a fully stocked backpack
• Break in your boots before the hike
• Wear wicking socks
• Research your hike and be familiar with the area
• Leave a detailed note as to where you are hiking and when you are expecting to return
• Carry the ten basic essentials

TEN BASIC ESSENTIALS

1. Water and plenty of it
2. Food including high energy snacks
3. Rain gear and change of socks
4. Hat and sun block
5. First aid kit
6. Waterproof matches or lighter
7. An extra layer of clothes
8. Whistle
9. Pocket knife
10. Compass and map of area

Once you are on the trail you will experience the inspirational rewards of embracing the wilderness, just watch your footing, respect the environment and enjoy the moment.

Happy Hiking!

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6 Comments

Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Open for Discussion

 

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6 responses to “Take a Hike!

  1. elizabeth england

    May 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    My husband and I do fun small hikes in our area and a BIG hike once each year, usually out West. The Tetons is a favorite place and Glacier National Park was so amazing, we did it two years in a row. Full packs – enough (well, too much usually) for 2-3 nights out and lots of day hikes as well. Being out in nature let’s me recharge my batteries. Great post!

     
    • BlackCrowCurios

      May 16, 2013 at 12:33 am

      WoW, that sounds like an incredible hike Elizabeth! I love hiking however I’m not as intrepid as you as I have only ever done day hikes, some quite long but still day hikes. I have never really embraced tenting or ‘roughing it’ I enjoy my creature comforts and after a great hike I am always looking forward to a glass of wine and a hot bath…. ahhhh

       
  2. whimsyburd

    May 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my gosh. Now I really want to go there. I have going to Vancouver on my bucket list.

     
    • BlackCrowCurios

      May 4, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Well when you do decide to visit Vancouver island let me know and I’ll take you on a hike…

       
  3. Milorne

    April 30, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Very informative!

     
    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 19, 2013 at 1:51 am

      thanks for visiting and reading my post milorne!

       

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