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How Hiking Makes You Healthier, Happier and Smarter

There's a science behind hitting the trail: Besides getting fitter, benefits include improved brain function and mood (toss those Prozac pills over the mountaintop).

It doesn’t take much smarts to figure out that hiking can be a healthy pastime, but did you know that it can also help make you smarter? From losing weight to staving off the degenerative effects of depression and Alzheimer’s, hiking may be the best choice for a comprehensive workout benefiting mind, body and spirit.

It’s well known that increased foot mileage decreases the waistline, but there are benefits to hiking that can’t be found on a treadmill or within the confines of a gym. Fresh air, loads…

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 How Hiking Makes You Healthier, Happier and Smarter

There's a science behind hitting the trail: Besides getting fitter, benefits include improved brain function and mood (toss those Prozac pills over the mountaintop).

The Top Ten Health Benefits of Hiking

You know hiking is good for your health. But do you know just how good it is?

10 Essential Hiking Tips Every Beginner Hiker Should Know

Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout. Studies show it offers multiple physical and mental benefits. From reducing anxiety to preventing osteoporosis, hiking is an outdoor activity delivering benefits beyond scenic and fun. Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable, variables. Of course, these variables are part of what makes it so enjoyable! Use the following hiking tips to make your first treks successful...

12 Health Benefits of Hiking You Probably Didn’t Know About

Not so many of us know that when hiking we can also derive a high number and huge variety of health benefits. Bonus, right?! For me personally, the combination of fun, adventure and healthy exercise for body and brain have made me something of a hiking fanatic. It has also instilled in me a desire to inspire as many others as possible to get out there and reap the same rewards.


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It’s the greatest feeling in the world to be happy, outside, in the fresh air. Forget the noise, smog and people of the city and head outside into the wilderness where there is so much to see and do. You don’t need to pay for any of it, it’s all there for the taking. PureOutside is about getting up off your butt and getting outside into the water, into the dirt, into the fresh air.


Here you will find a journal of my exploits in the outdoors, and the inspiration for my art. In terms of the art itself, I work in various media – watercolour and ink for working in the landscape; acrylic and mixed media in the studio. My current work focuses on the use of texture and abstract approaches to landscape.

Backpacking Bliueprint

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Backpacking Lightweight

If you engage in backpacking, at some point, you may consider packing a lighter load. That consideration was the main reason that Backpacking Lightweight was created in 1996, and it continues to be its primary focus. Since then, however, the Lightweight Backpacking & Hiking website has grown to include a vast repository of resources useful for year-round backcountry safety & enjoyment.


BaldHiker, founded by Paul Steele in 2010, started as a personal blog. Over the years it has grown into a vibrant well read and shared place, filled with the travel stories of Paul Steele and Cindy Vriend and their friends from over the world. A place where you can experience our personal views on the places we’ve visited, from idyllic beaches, great hikes, to wonderful accommodations, our personal reviews on tech and kit we use, and of course the food we love…


GoodHiker.com is here to help you and the kids in your life get outdoors and have fun hiking – while staying safe and comfortable and minimizing your impact on the environment.

Hike Bike Travel

I’ve been all over the world — to all continents but Antarctica and to a grand total of 53 countries. I’ve always got some sort of an adventure planned — even if it’s only a weekend. I thrive on change and travel provides that.

Hiking in Finland

Climbing, packrafting, skiing & backpacking in the north and elsewhere.

Modern Hiker

Modern Hiker is Southern California’s oldest and most-read hiking blog. It provides free trail write-ups and detailed information on hundreds of trails for Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond. Better than any hiking guide, these write-ups give you directions to the trailhead, photos and videos of the trails, GPX files for your GPS device, and Google Earth files so you can do some at-home 3D reconnaissance before you make your way to the trailhead. Modern Hiker also highlights gear reviews, narrative outdoor writing, volunteer opportunities, and relevant news.

Section Hiker

Hiking and backpacking for beginners and experts.

Skilled Adventurer

We want to share are passion for the outdoors with you and use this platform to inspire others to get outdoors to start hiking or simply spend more time being active.

A Mountain High

Currently in my third remission from cancer 'A Mountain High' is my attempt to blog my re-kindled passion for the mountains and the outdoors. It's a branch out from my original blog which chronicled my fight with cancer. Hopefully I may be able to inspire others in the same way as other blogs in the list below

A Walk in the Woods

Maximize your Smoky Mountains experience! Whether you are seeking a unique adventure, to expand your knowledge and skills, or simply a peaceful encounter with nature at its finest, come discover the Jewel of the Park System, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


AdventureLand offers tips, tricks, and product reviews to help you better appreciate this beautiful and awe-inspiring world that we live in.

Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka is an accomplished adventure athlete, speaker, guide, and writer...most well known for his solo long-distance backpacking trips. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide.


Why Backpackingbongos? Well the aim of this blog is to write about my backpacking trips. So what is backpacking? Usually it involves filling a rucksack with tent, sleeping bag, stove and food and heading into the hills for a few days. Nights are spent wild camping or in bothies if they are available.

Francis Tapon

This website will inspire you to wander & learn. I'm a Harvard MBA who left the tech world in 2006 to pursue a more fulfilling mission: visit every country in the world and share their unique lessons with whoever gives a crap.


On the outdoors, the web and sharing your adventures.


It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

Stick's Blog

Trip reports, gear reviews, and anything else "Ultralight" backpacking...

American Hiking Society

Our nation's trails need your help! Join American Hiking Society for a week of building and maintaining trails in exciting and diverse locations across the country. Bring only your camping gear and a willingness to get dirty. We provide the rest.

American Trails

American Trails is a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests. Our website, AmericanTrails.org, is one of the world's largest online resources for trails and greenways.

National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves, protects, and shares our nation's special places and stories.

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Since 1977, the PCTA has protected, maintained, and advocated for the Pacific Crest Trail.

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