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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Hiking'

Hiking Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Hike \Hike\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hiked; p. pr. & vb. n. Hiking.] [Cf. Hitch.] To move with a swing, toss, throw, jerk, or the like. [Dial. or Colloq.]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hiking'

Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking in natural environments, often on hiking trails. It is such a popular activity that there are numerous hiking organizations worldwide. The health benefits of different types of hiking have been confirmed in studies. The word hiking is understood in all English-speaking countries, but there are differences in usage.

In the United States and United Kingdom, hiking refers to cross-country walking of a longer duration than a simple walk and usually over terrain where hiking boots are required. from end-to-end is also referred to as trekking and as thru-hiking in some places, for example on the Appalachian Trail (AT) or Long Trail (LT) in Vermont. The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States.

Hiking is one of the fundamental outdoor activities on which many others are based. Many beautiful places can only be reached overland by hiking, and enthusiasts regard hiking as the best way to see nature. Hikers see it as better than a tour in a vehicle of any kind (or on an animal; see horseback riding) because the hiker's senses are not intruded upon by distractions such as windows, engine noise, airborne dust and fellow passengers. Hiking over long distances or over difficult terrain requires both the physical ability to do the hike and the knowledge of the route and its pitfalls.

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* A funny thing is if you're out hiking and your friend gets bit by a poisonous snake, tell him you're going for help, then go about ten feet and pretend YOU got bit by a snake. Then start an argument about who's going to get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That's why it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

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  • Hiking matters #395: Jade Mountain / Yushan (玉山) Part 2: Ascent to the main peak
    BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA - Continued from Hiking matters #394: The stars were heralds of good news, and the promise of a beautiful day ahead. We woke up at 0230H, had breakfast at 0300H, and then set off for an ascent of Jade Mountain's main peak, at 3952 MASL the highest mountain in Taiwan - and for that matter, the whole of Northeast Asia - making it one of Read more on this news related to 'Hiking'
  • Hiking matters #396: Jade Mountain / Yushan (玉山) Part 3: The descent from the summit / Postscript
    BLUE MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA - Continued from Hiking matters #395: At the summit of Jade Mountain, it was magical: Snowcapped peaks illuminated by the glorious morning sun rising above blue skies. As the team leader of the hike, I couldn’t ask for more. As I told them, it was probably the best view I’ve seen after six hiking trips in Taiwan. Unfortunately, we had Read more on this news related to 'Hiking'
  • Hudson author releases new book on St. Croix River hikes
    People searching for day hiking opportunities along the St. Croix River Valley have a new resource, thanks to Hudson, Wis., author Rob Bignell. Read more on this news related to 'Hiking'

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