Thursday, January 11, 2018

52 Hike Challenge

The new year bends our thoughts and actions toward fresh starts, often with some type of physical improvement in mind.

A fellow blogger of the outdoors recently posted about the 52 Hike Challenge. The organizers of the challenge encourage people to get outside and discover the nature nearby, whether urban or wilderness.

At its core, the 52 Hike Challenge dares participants to average one hike a week for a year, although the "rules" are very loose. Tracking logs and a list of trails in each state are available on the 52 Hike website; free registration is required to access the resources.

Neil Brennen at A Taste for the Woods has proposed his own parameters for what qualifies as a "hike": minimum distance of one mile, minimum duration of 45 minutes, and natural surface trails only.

I like the one-mile and dirt path requirements; many of the trails around Cincinnati are paved, so finding my way to natural surfaces will take a little effort. I think the duration can be left open-ended: different folks participate differently in the outdoors, so I'm not sure a time limit makes much a difference. Hike your own hike, as the saying goes.

I'm in for the challenge; how about you? What qualifies as a hike in your mind?

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