Day Hiking

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, I’ve been pretty busy with school starting up. Anyway todays post is all about day hiking. Day hiking is one of my favorite things to do in fall with the weather being absolutely perfect. One perk of living in New England is the fall foliage, I used to laugh at people who came here specifically to look at the trees.

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Then I moved to Tennessee for a year and realized how beautiful it is up here compared to the Nashville area. One major issue I do have with it however is mountain biking, gorgeous yes, but the fallen leaves hide all the roots and pot holes on trails! Makes for some very bumpy surprises. Anyway on a typical day hike I’ll go 10-20 miles. I’ve had plenty of 30 mile days too and also plenty of 5 miles days, but 10-20 seems to be the average and also the most comfortable. The local trails for me are usually no longer the 5 miles per trail. But there’s plenty of them connecting together. There’s a fantastic post on 8 steps of how to be a badass day hiker on the trail Sherpa website trailsherpa.com. Definitely worth reading, he really knows his stuff. Today I came out to the Holyoke Mountain Range which isn’t much of a mountain range but for Western Ma it’s awesome. The highest peak for the mountain range is a mere 1,106 feet.

20131020-125603.jpg There’s also a sort of, “cave” along the trail I’m on today which is actually where I stopped to make some lunch and write this post. I tried a new stove setup today and it sucked. I’ve read about tons of people love the tea light stoves, but I had to refill it twice just to boil water. Not what I had hoped would be the case. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but so far I’m 1 for 3 on fuel types. Love my MSR Pocket Rocket, can’t get the esbit tabs to boil water efficiently or even at all sometimes now, nor the tea light stove.

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Although the white box stove – heet combo works well with an average 6 minute boil time. When you talk to most people about day hiking they only bring snacks with them, usually no form of a stove to make food. I always bring a stove because I really like hot food and I’m not the type of person to be trying to spend every second hiking. I just like to enjoy the scenery. I do go on very fast hikes from time to time, a friend and I would go about 20 miles right after school, usually 3 times per week. It would only take us a few hours at the most, but that’s because we only carried a water bottle or two, some snacks, and extra clothing if it was going to get chilly out. Now on almost every day hike I take a few more items. Like I said I love taking a stove, I always have my sundries kit, and I usually wear shorts but bring pants just in case along with a wind breaker. I’ll be doing another post on just my sundries kit if you’re wondering what’s in there. Anyone who likes the outdoors would definitely enjoy day hiking, it can be as strenuous or leisurely as you’d like. It’s also a great way to get outside with pets, my dog is too old to take out now but I know lots of people who won’t go hiking without their dogs. I’ve never met an aggressive dog on the trail either. I’ve taken my friends dog out a few times, never on a leash, and never any issue. I think they’re more interested in all the smells than they are in othe people/dogs. Anything you’d like to add or think isn’t nessacary?