Essay About Hiking

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Why Hike - What is Hiking?

Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and

enjoying the scenery. It usually takes place on trails in rural or wilderness


History of Hiking

About one and a half million years ago, mankind learned how to stand upright and

walk. So in some way, you could say that Hiking was developed during the Stone

Age. Nowadays, when we talk about Hiking and Trekking, we mean it in the pastime

sense of the word. It is hard to say when walking as a means of hunting and

surviving became walking for fun and recreation. Throughout the years, man has

always used walking as a means of relaxation. Going for a stroll is a great way to

meditate on possible dilemmas or to get away from things and clear your
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There are many words often

used for Hiking depending on the Hiking conditions, hike length and terrain.

Trekking, Backpacking, Bushwalking, Trailing and Mountaineering. In their most

basic forms, these activities all boil down to walking. If you are able to put one

foot in front of the other then you are able to walk and hike.

When people think about Hiking, they mostly think of nature, the great outdoors, a

backpack, and a tent. For most people, Hiking is an escape back to nature and a

great way to get a good workout while forgetting all about the day to day hassles

of city life. Here are some of those Mountaineering milestones:

1874 - Grove, Gardiner, Walker, Sottajev and Knubel reached the summit of the

highest mountain in Europe: Elbrus

1913 - Karstens, Harper, Tatum and Stuck reached the summit of the highest

mountain in North America: Mount McKinley

1953 - Norgay and Hillary reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world:

Mount Everest

1985 - Dick Bass reached Mount Everest and became the first person to reach
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