My 15th Anniversary Hiking Plan

Hey guys, I’ve got an interesting story to share with everyone. It’s been quite an amazing journey for me and my wife for the past 15 years. Our anniversary is next week and I’ve been pretty busy planning something interesting to do. These things can be pretty tricky to plan and keep a secret at the same time. So I got busy last week. My wife and I love to travel and explore so I thought a hiking trip into the forest at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be a god idea. It’s been about a good solid couple of years since we went trail walking or camping.

It’s quite hard to decide what exactly we can do. Its summer right now so the possibilities just add to how hard the decision is. All our old camping gear and clothes have gotten a bit aged so I was out online shopping for those. I came across a bunch of interesting sites. I was basically looking around for some hiking clothing as gift for her. Something designer made but at the same time I didn’t want to over spend. The aim was just to relax and have a good and comfortable time. I came across this cool site called Stylewe. I would highly recommend folks check this out. They have some amazing hiking clothing for very affordable prices. Anyway back to the main story, I think an ideal plan

would be to set out at 5am and catch the sunrise at the foot of the mountains. It will be a picturesque setting for some wonderful photos too. I am very excited as I write all this to be planning a hike after ages. It feels amazing and it’s extremely refreshing just too even plan. I can only imagine how my wife and I would feel when we are actually heading up.

The key to a great surprise if of course successfully disguising my intentions. I can’t just take her in at the top of the mountain before she gets there and I can gift her all the clothing that I bought too once we are there. There are some amazing spots for chilling out and having a barbecue up in the mountains. This knowing her will be a great day.
Trial walking anywhere is fun when you are in a nice big group so I plan to invite some of her old friends whom she hasn’t seen in a while too for the occasion. This should be a real treat! I hope. I need to plan a lovely dinner too so that we can spend time alone as well. So I probably have to pick a trail that has the shorter routes and not the ones where we can potentially get lost. In my next post I’ll let you guys know how it went. I sincerely hope the weather doesn’t play spoil sport on the day.

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Seven Dream Destinations of Hikers


Hiking is one of the best outdoor activities that not only satisfy the hunger of adventure, but also the make you a traveler of the world with lots of experience. As soon as you get used to it, your hunger for more adventure and to explore the world increase continuously. Hikers around the world have suggested some places as the dream destination for all the hiking-crazy people. Here are ten awesome hiking destinations of the hikers:

Inca Trail, Peru

Inca trail is a whole package of natural beauty with High Mountains, jungle, forest and ruins with an average area of 26 miles. Hikers also get a chance of hiking on two bonus trails: The Ancascocha Trail, Lares Valley Hike– not to mention the end of the destination is Machu Picchu. The best time to go to this trail is May to September.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

One can certainly imagine how exciting it is to be face-to-face the world’s highest mountain and staying so close by camping. Experiencing the unique culture of the inhabitants living on the elevations of the hills is wonderful, in a word. This is a 70 mile trail area that is guided by the Sherpa (native people of Solu Khumbu).

The Narrows, USA

How adventurous it is to hike in a narrow canyon full of incredible scenery and stunning nature! You trail will be wonderful with hanging gardens, colorful sandstone and water-slides. However, with enormous beauty, there is a risk of flash flood, but doesn’t that make the trail more attractive?

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

If you are desperate enough to climb the high mountains, then Kilimanjaro can be the best option for you if you are no expert in mountain hiking nor have the specialized equipment. That is why; it is the world’s tallest mountain that is standing 20000 feet, but walkable for hikers with no special skill.

Mont Du Blanc Trek, France

This is a dream trail for many hikers that not only give you the chance to stay close to Alps Mountain but also provide easy access to the scenic beauties of three countries- France, Italy and Switzerland. It may take around ten days to cover this 105 miles area, but will certainly leave you with some lifetime memories.

Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

Hikers around the world find this trail attractive to uncover the adventurous, scenic and amazing places. Tiger leaping gorge is one of the world’s deepest river canyons with Snow Mountain. This is a well-maintained hiking trek allowing the view of waterfalls and mountains together. Tiger leaping Gorge is one of the best trails with wonderful guesthouses to ensure a continuous journey.

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

While covering this 16 miles trek, you will be amazed with the beaches of white sand and leaving footsteps here can be remarkable for many. However, it is suggested going with a team as there’s no water supply available in the way of this trail. Be aware of Tasmanian snake; not only they bite but also are poisonous enough to be fatal.

So, what are you still waiting for? Grab your timberland boots and hiking gears and start exploring the mysterious world out there.

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Getting your Basic Survival Gear


If you have a love of the great outdoors, than you already have a real respect for how very unexpected it can be. Whether you are a fan of forest or you simply want to be prepared should the worst come to pass, one of the first things that you need to address is your outdoor survival gear. In terms of both safety and survival, having the appropriate gear can make all the difference, and a little bit of preparation will go a very long way. Take a look below for some of the basic gear that you will need when you head out into the wilderness.

The first thing to think about are the bare necessities, that is, your camping gear. Your camping gear needs to be lightweight and able to withstand a lot of abuse. Reliability is important, so take some time to research the best backpacking gear available and then buy the best set that you can afford. This is not an area where you can expect to find a lot of bargains, so be prepared to lay out good money for good gear.

Your tent needs to be strong, lightweight and comfortable, and it should be very simple to pitch. Before you leave on your trip try pitching it a few times in various different situations that you might encounter on your trip. This is not something you want to learn when you are in more hurried situation! Take good care of your tent and it will take care of you. Hang it out before your trip, treat your zippers well as they are a main point of weakness and dry the poles and pegs thoroughly after use.

The type of sleeping bag you get will depend on your personal preference and the situation and make sure you trial the equipment before heading outside. Mummy sleeping bags are top rated for warmth, weight efficiency and general use. They are wider at the top and come to a narrower bottom, eliminating empty air that can get cold, while rectangular bags are more comfortable due to their more roomy nature. If you are doing fall or winter camping, remember to get a sleeping bag with a hood that zips closed to preserve body heat.

Your shoes, clothes and what you will be using to carry all of your gear is also extremely important. There are daypacks, which don’t have a great deal of room, but are excellent for very short trips, external frames and internal frame styles. External frames have a lot of space to lash things to, and they will carry the pack a little off of your body to supply you with more ventilation, while internal frames have less space, but provide you with a lower centre of gravity, making it perfect for hikers and people spending time in the mountains.

Remember that a basic wilderness first aid kid is essential. Make sure that it contains a manual that is easy to understand and use as well as bandages that are suitable for blisters, wounds and sprains. Similarly, remember to pack your painkillers, antiseptics, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescriptions in waterproof container. Similarly make sure that any medications you carry are up to date. Basic first aid tools include tweezers and a sharp razor blade.

Taking off into the wilderness can be exhilarating, but remember to be prepared!

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Hiking- Explore the World


So many people are into hiking for a daily basis as a hobby that if they have placed their ads on the web, it had been trampled long ago. If you are a beginner to this trail world, hiking will be the best exercise for you with the opportunity to explore the outside world. Whether you are walking down the hills or sliding with mountains of ice, benefits are almost unlimited of remaining closer to nature. However, here are some things to know before you pack for your trails for a long time.

Prepare yourself: First thing to know if your body is perfectly in a working condition especially your leg muscles for your trails, your heart and lung to supply with adequate oxygen. One should not think of crossing miles in their very first day. If you are thinking of hiking in a regular manner, you must follow the instructions and know the limits of your body. Hiking in a regular manner will let you know what your body can handle.

Together is fun: Hiking alone can be a little heavier or in some case dangerous. Take a friend equally interested in hiking and confident in finishing a planned trip.

Sensible and gradual Planning: True hiking is not just a one-day excitement. A gradual and slow planning with an everyday routine is necessary when you intend to go on your big trail hiking. Start from today with a couple of minutes jogging down to the market and coming back and increase your time and distance in a regular manner.

Learn to pack: The lighter your bag, the easier your beginning. You surely aren’t planning to climb the Everest on your very first day. Hiking for a long time allow you to take weights, but as a beginner make sure you take only the lighter simple but necessary things like water, some snacks and first aid. When you are ready to take weights and preparing a full day hiking, you may pack 20-40 pounds as your body allows you.

Hiking accessories: Wear on your hiking boots; pack your rain gears and go. You may try timberland footwear with strong sole, hand gloves and a hat to help you protect the heat, supportive and comfortable socks, some additional clothes and sunscreen–that’s all you need to be e a hiking dude! You may need camping equipments if planning something bigger and longer.

Choose your trail: When you are all ready and conditioned, experienced with miles of hiking, next thing to do is to choose your own hiking trails, know the weather condition of that place, network coverage and environment. Explore something new is always fun and exciting, but knowing your trails makes it easier for a long trail hikes. Give preferences to those places you would love to enjoy. Not everybody equally feel the same attachments with the hills or ice or forests. Love your trails and hiking will be a recreation then; not any tiring walk that you hurry to finish.

Wake up and go. Hikers travel around the world in a dream to cross the places nobody even dare to look. That’s something you will feel when you are enough crazy for your trails. Hiking is an experience that lasts for lifetime and makes you feel alive.

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My first Post – Hiking in Vancouver

Downtown, Vancouver
Downtown, Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cliff Walk, Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cliff Walk, Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver British Columbia, an elegant city that is surrounded by amazing mountains and beauty in general. Summer time in Canada sees the coming of near perfect weather in Vancouver. Planning a hike or trek in the mountains is a must do. You will be exposed to some truly breathe taking landscapes and sites such as Capilano Suspension Bridge, Mount Cheam, St Mark’s Summit, and Garibaldi Lake etc.

A must see is Crown Mountain. Just google an image of this and it will blow you away. It is the most visible peak from downtown Vancouver. Head to the Grouse Sky ride to get to the trail head for a less crowded hiking experience. An alternative or the more commonly used path is the Grouse Grind. The path certainly befits the name as it can be extremely hard on your knees. On the whole it will take you roughly 5 hours to get to the peak and return.

Mount Cheam makes this list as it is probably one of the easiest to climb. The road leading upto the within an hour’s hike of the summit is 90% of the time covered in snow. However you can definitely head over between July and October for a breathe-taking experience. You will definitely need a 4×4 to access the backcountry forest road. This is situated just away from Chilliwack Lake. There is also a website dedicated to this Mountain so do check that out.

Looking to head outside for a nice family trip along a trail that people from all ages can enjoy? Then check out Carmanah Walbran Valley, Strathcona Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson too. It is a divine drive to Camrahan which lasts only 1 hour. Sooke is another place which has a lot of swimming holes and mountain visa hikes. Vancouver really is your tail walkers dream.

If you are the type that needs a challenge then getting to Garibaldi Lake will certainly interest you. A hard trek with endless twists and turns will pave the way to natures finest. You will be stunned by the celestial beauty of the lake. There is a campground on the south side too where you can spend a day. The entire trek should only take you 3 hours but it is definitely recommended to spend a whole day there. You can book at the park page and consider doing other hikes where you can see the Pacific Ocean and the whistler from the same mountain top. There are plenty of wild flowers and rare flora and fauna on display.

The MEC in Broadway is your best place to get hiking gear as well. You get everything from basic ropes and cords to more advanced climbing gear to deal with ice and mountaineering challenges. Protection is very important especially when hiking on steel trails, acquiring rock hardware is also strongly recommended. As they say climbing is all to do with your feet, getting the best footwear is essential for a smooth experience. Always make sure you wear a helmet as well.

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