8 Signs you are a Hiker

 

1

Your favorite shoes are your well beaten hiking boots. Ugly and muddy, but perfectly molded to fit your feet and comfortable for just about any occasion. Not causing any blisters anymore, no matter how long a hike you take.

hanwag Hikingboot Shoes


My favorite shoes!

2

Your favorite stores are selling outdoor gear, maps and tents. And you are always strolling around the newest sleeping bags, backpacks and mattresses, let alone hiking maps and walking guides of the most exciting destinations. New ultra lite whatever will get your fingers tingling.

Osprey backpack in Karhunkierros
Karhunkierros hiked with this friend, note the very light mattress.

3

You pick your holidays by browsing the green batches in Google maps. You will make sure, there are possibilities for putting up a tent
into the wilderness and nicely isolated trails to hike, the fewer people the better. Mountains are a definite plus!

4

You have checked the plastic plates and cutlery Ikea is selling. Considered it for a moment and then walked by. They are too heavy to carry on your back.

5

You have felt ashamed while paying your food at the cashier, since it only contains chocolate, dry pasta dishes, dried fruits and nuts. Some condensed milk, instant coffee, tea and cookies. And apples, if you are lucky. You also have a keen interest in drying stuff. You now eat your favorite dishes thinking, whether it would be possible to dry them for hiking food.

Coffee Scotland camping
Without this, no day is starting.

6

You think it is completely normal to go several days without a shower or a water closet. And know the importance of keeping the toilet paper dry.

7

In your opinion, it is the best possible means of relaxation to disappear into a bush for a week. Key elements of this relaxing regime are suffering under slightly too heavy backpack. Being in pain every evening when you stop and every morning when you throw the pack on your back again. Being slightly afraid of dying every now and then.

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Oh yes, you also have to cook. Even if you are in pain, tired and smell like Parmesan.

8

You know the feeling when you come back home, after spending a week in the wilderness. How you go mad in the fruit and veggie aisle of the super market and how you hate pasta and all things processed. How good everything fresh tastes. How happy you can be simply because there is no roots or stones pocking to your back, when you go to bed. You are ecstatic about a shower, bath is a heaven!

This is my list on what it does to a person when they go mad about hiking. I might be a weirdo.

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Doug Busack says:

    Nice post! I’m still breaking in my boots 🙂 how does that mattress hold up in colder temps? I’m thinking of returning my current inflatable.

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    1. GoneHiking says:

      Thanks Doug! It is indeed important to get the boots well walked before hitting any rough trails! 🙂 I have found that mattress really a good buy. It is durable, quick and easy. Kept me warm down to 0 °c, so for 3 season hiking it is great! 🙂

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      1. Doug Busack says:

        Thank you! I’ll check it out 🙂 I’m planning the JMT this June, so that may not be enough temp rating for high Sierra travel, but we shall see!

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      2. GoneHiking says:

        Research is the key here! 🙂 Those foam mattresses are handy, you have no need to inflate them and you win a lot in the weight. Of course it is large, but if there just is the possibility to hang it outside your package, there is no issue! 🙂

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