Hi.. This is a recommended outdoor activity to be weekend preference of you – Hiking.

‘Hike/Hiking’ has become the most commonly used term to describe the process of going for an invigorating walk in the countryside. A hike is usually a bit of an adventure, taking up a good portion of the day and requiring you to carry your provisions in a backpack. It’s more than a simple, short amble, where you might just nip out for a quick stroll along country lanes.

It often involves rough terrain and perhaps a good deal of ascent and descent, with the promise of the kind of spectacular views and astonishing natural sights we don’t associate with our towns and cities. In theory, you can hike just about anywhere but the term is most commonly associated with the coast, in hilly regions and – especially – the mountains.

Hiking often takes place in national parks and other regions that have been specifically managed, usually for both the benefit of people visiting but also for the conservation of their nature and wildlife. Different countries have different laws regarding access to the countryside. National parks usually contain vast areas of access land, which is land that the public can explore freely.

Hike becomes a track. The trek is always a longer journey, completed over a number of days, if not weeks or months. The second key attribute is the level of challenge. A trek is often very arduous – which is why you might want a pair of the best trekking poles – and requires a certain amount of self-sufficiency. You’ll often be hauling everything you need to survive on your back. In fact, backpacking is another word we might use for a trek. This still sounds like hiking though, right? So, isn’t trekking therefore just hiking in its most extreme form? In essence, yes.

Then a hike can be a mountaineering. Mountain summits are often the objective for day hikers and for those embarking on trekking expeditions. Some of the world’s most famous mountains are cited as being ‘trekking’ peaks, such as Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, Nepal’s Mera Peak or Malaysia’s Kinabalu. So, if you’ve scaled these giants, can you call yourself a mountaineer? It depends on how you tackled them.

The crucial difference between hiking and mountaineering is the equipment that the terrain and the conditions demand. If you’ve had to employ any (not necessarily all) of the following – an ice axe, crampons, rope and harness or helmet – the chances are that you’ve strayed into mountaineering territory. So, as it’s nigh on impossible to summit Mera Peak without an ice axe and crampons, it’s definitely a mountaineering objective.


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