SparkPeople Let's go Hiking Team Messageboard People who want to get out into nature and explore the world through hiking, backpacking, walking, biking, or anything else that helps us get in touch with nature and achieve our goals. SparkPeople Let's go Hiking Team Messageboard NJ Hiker Hello - I'm Allison. I live in NJ. My husband and I started going on hikes last year. I never realized how many great places there are to hike in NJ. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the warmer weather to start going out again. My favorite time of the year to hike is Spring - before the bugs come out! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading about your hikes ! And, hopefully I can tell you about mine. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:22:00 EST Hello from Oklahoma I am not a very experienced hiker, but it I love the outdoors. I have only been on short hikes on easy trails. My goal is to hike more difficult trails as I get in better shape. A couple of years ago, my family went to Colorado for vacation and we hiked a mile down the Barr Trail from the top of Pikes Peak. My daughter and I decided we wanted to hike from the bottom up but I still am not in good enough shape to do this. There are several others that I would like to hike and plan to work ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:10:37 EST Loving the outdoors Greetings! I am Kissy from Arkansas. I am new to spark. I am a 38-year-old mother of 2, and my rural communities Girl Scout Leader. I love to hike on the weekends with my kids or my troop. I am excited to interact with other hikers and hopefully gain knowledge, support, and advice from the group. Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:55:55 EST Hello from NJ Hi there - <BR> I'm new to team. <BR> I've just started hiking recently so I don't know a lot about it but I like to get out into nature. I got hiking boots for Christmas, and a day pack for my birthday, and now I joined this team, so I'm ready to go! :-) <BR> Today, my son and I walked the Delaware Canal for a couple of miles. <BR> Nice to meet you all, <BR> Patricia <BR> Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:02:33 EST Hello from Central Wisconsin We don't have a lot of variety in our terrain around here, but Rib Mountain State Park isn't too far away and provides us with some hill hiking to keep quads and glutes active. We have a great Walk Wisconsin marathon (with quarter, half, and 3/4 options as well) every June for the last 12 years right here in Stevens Point. My husband and I love to hike and have explored many venues around Wisconsin and northern Minnesota as well as big trips to the French Alps several years ago and the West... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:12:37 EST Hello from Taiwan! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for a couple months now but I never got around to introducing myself on this page. I'm 23 years old, just graduated college and now studying abroad in Taiwan for a year. My hobby in America is horseback riding (okay, not really a hobby, more like my life!!) but there's not much of a riding scene here so I've been entertaining myself with running through the bustling Taipei city during the week and heading to the beautiful mountains to ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:33:11 EST I'm New Hello, All! <BR> <BR> I'm new to your group, but have been hiking for as long as I can remember, whenever I got the chance. I have a familiar story of struggling with weight my whole life. I suffered a major/minor (depending on how you look at it) setback last year when I was diagnosed with achilles tendinitis. It meant I couldn't hike, ski, or really do anything physical for a year. Now I'm on the mend, enjoyed a few late fall hikes, and am looking forward to a great ski season. <BR> <BR... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:52:12 EST From Malaysia. Hey.... <BR> <BR> My name is Malathi and I am from Malaysia. I have been hiking close to 3.5 years. <BR> Due to my financial limits, I hike mostly in Malaysia and have a personal goal to hike overseas once a year. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 22:48:26 EST Hello from Colorado! Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm Brooke. I enjoy hiking, although at the moment I'm training for a 5k in September. My church has a group that hikes 14ers in the summer, and while I'm not capable of doing one yet, I hope to be able to do them next summer. <BR> <BR> We have a pretty easy hiking trail that I can walk to from my house, and there are more difficult trails within driving distance. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:44:32 EST Austin If visiting Austin, TX, drive the 1-hour drive to hike up Enchanted Rock. Wonderful 360 views of the Texas Hill Country. Go early as it is HOT and the park has a limit on who's in the park. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:39:29 EST Hi from the east bay area, California I'm pretty new at outdoor adventuring, Still looking for a hiking buddy, so I can't venture too far from the road just right now, but I'll get there. If anyone out there is interested in keeping me company, I'd love it if you dropped me a line. :) Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:45:56 EST Hello from Alaska Hello all, I hope everyone is having a great day. <BR> <BR> I just joined spark people yesterday and I thought it would be good to have some support in getting healthy. <BR> <BR> Here in Alaska we have mountains everywhere and I love to hike them. I recently just signed up for a local event here called the Alyeska Climbathon. The event is in September this year and is a 10 hour event, to hike up Alyeska mountain as many times as you can!!! Last year I was able to complete 6 trips and I'm ho... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:40:17 EST Hello from Ohio I love to run and hike the metroparks in our area. I'm so fortunate to have several within 15-30 minutes of my house &amp;#9786; Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:38:12 EST 50 states hiking trails <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=2125 </link> <BR> <BR> Did you see this article? <BR> <BR> Have you hiked the trail listed for your state? <BR> <BR> Have you hiked any of the other trails? <BR> <BR> What trails would you add? <BR> <BR> I live in Nevada, and have not heard of the listed trail, I used to live in California, and have not hiked that trail either. I think the only one on the list I have hiked was Jenny Lake in Wyoming! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:56:04 EST Hello from Missouri I live in SW Missouri. I had gained a passion for hiking a couple of years ago and would travel to Arkansas to hike 3-9 miles a day. Recently, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid disease and that has stopped me in my tracks. My goal is to get this disease under control and be able to hike again. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:03:00 EST Mad River Valley, VT I've heard great things about American Flatbread. Mon, 23 May 2016 12:22:05 EST Hello from Michigan! Hi all! I'm from southeast Michigan. I hike mainly in the local parks around here. My hope is to be able to backpack in the mountains someday. My longest hike has been 6 miles with a bunch of unplanned-for hills lol. I'm starting to hike about 3 days a week and am joining a local chapter of the Sierra Club for group hikes. All of this will lead to my summer vacation in Yellowstone with my SO! Super excited for it! Mon, 9 May 2016 20:38:43 EST Grand Canyon Hike 2016 (Day 1 of 3) <img src="">It was a perfect afternoon when we arrived. Beautiful skies and very comfortable temperatures. We did a little walking around the rim to get acclimated to the altitude. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am in both images and the I am with my Dad &amp; Uncle for this hike. These two gentlemen are in their mid 60's... Mon, 9 May 2016 12:33:10 EST Hello from Colorado Hi team. I live in the Denver metro area so have lots of hiking options. I am married with no kids. I do have a dog who loves getting out, and great support from a sister that also loves hiking. My 2 big hiking goals this year are to hike a 14er (this will be my 2nd), and go on a back packing trip. I look forward to all the training for these events because it will include many smaller hikes. I was happy to find this team! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:04:07 EST Hello from Ohio Hi! I love hiking around Central Ohio's Metro Parks and other Ohio State Parks, but I'm especially thrilled since this year I'll be taking a big trip our west with my family to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In the fall, I'm taking a hiking trip to the Smoky Mountains, too. So excited to have so much fun hiking ahead this year and it's really inspiring me to get in shape. Eager to hear about all your hiking fun too. <BR> <BR> Amy Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:37:50 EST Hello from WA! Hi all! My name is Brenda, I'm a 35 year old married mom to 3. We love to go on family hikes and now that the weather is turning gorgeous again, I'm interested in making hiking more of a regular activity for us. Can't wait to get to know everyone! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:12:33 EST Hello from Houston Howdy, <BR> My name is Clayton and I'm from Houston, TX. I enjoy hiking and am preparing for my 4th Grand Canyon hike. I don't live in the best place to train for that as we don't have any real hills to train on without driving a couple of hours and the elevation here is quite a bit lower than the Grand Canyon. My Canyon hikes tend to be 4 days and 3 nights while packing all our gear in and out. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hello everyone Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:41:35 EST Greetings from Massachusetts! Hello, my name is Katie and I am from Massachusetts. I really enjoy hiking! I am rather slow, but I can do it! I really enjoy hiking and being outdoors. <BR> <BR> I love hiking the White Mountains, though I more often find myself hiking smaller, more local mountains. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get stronger and faster, and am hoping to get to Mount Washington, Mount Mansfield, and all of the mountains at Franconia Notch over the summer. <BR> <BR> For now I am sticking with smaller mountains,... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:17:04 EST Hi from downunder Thanks for the welcome, Team Leader <BR> I am from NZ and love the outdoors, hiking, biking, boating and swimming. Want to complete <BR> all of NZ's great walks, cycle trails and then save to complete famous walks in other parts of the world Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:34:20 EST Hello!! :D Hello! Im new here! :D <BR> My name is Natalie, Im 30 and enjoying life on the west coast of BC, Canada! :D I love to hike and am planning an awesome trip this June! Hope you are all having a wonderful 2016 so far! Cheers! Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:43:07 EST Hello from Canada I am 62 years old and am training to go hiking in Greenland with my son this summer. While I am an avid walker, this will be my first try at real hiking. I am joining this site in the hopes of connecting with hikers, from whom I might gain insight and encouragement. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:03:23 EST Triple Crown-- Virginia So some of my friends and I are doing the Triple Crown in Virginia this June. Has anyone here taken that hike? We are going for 5-6 days and wonder how long your trip was and how you broke it up. North Ridge Trail section presents a bit of a challenge. :) Anyone? <em>303</em> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:10:36 EST Hi From Upstate NY! I love to hike, and am looking for like-minded people. I love being outside in general! I just am setting my account back up here after a hiatus! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 21:30:37 EST Hello from Florida : ) Happy trails everyone! <BR> We live in southern Florida and really enjoy visiting the many state parks and forest down here. I haven't met a trail I didn't like yet, just some I'm glad to part ways with. <BR> Happy holidays and safe travels to you all. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:04:00 EST Hello from TN! I'm Marla. I'm 32 and have been hiking since a very early age. I was sick for a long time and put on a lot of weight, which made getting out there much harder than it used to be. I'm getting back in shape, though, and my short-term goal is to be able to participate in Long Hunter State Park's Mega Hike, which covers 26 miles of trails in a single day. I hope to be able to do this by the end of 2018. It's nice to meet you all! Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:29:18 EST Hello from IL I've been a member of SP for a while now. I used walking for my initial exercise and continue to do so today. Hiking again has been a bonus. I was able to hike in the Porkies in the UP this summer and in Great Smokey National Park last summer. Going to Hawai'i next year and looking forward to a couple of hikes there! Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:24:00 EST Hello from Western NC Here I am in the beautiful mountains (where hiking is abundantly available) of Western NC. I used to do some hiking and am ready to get back at it now that I'm down 50+ lbs this year. Joined the group to get inspiration and advice since my experience is limited and would love to make more friends on SP who enjoy the great outdoors! <BR> <BR> Tracy aka Carrot143 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:38:33 EST New to hiking Hi everyone my name is Bonnie. I saw this Spark Team on someone else's page and wanted to join. In the past couple weeks I've been interested in getting into some hiking. At first I want to do local hiking (I live in Northwest Indiana) but someday in a year or two my dream is to hike in some national parks. My top ones I want to visit are #1: Grand Canyon, #2: Niagara Falls, and #3: Yosemite (I'm originally from California). My dream would be to do some overnight hikes there. It would cost so... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:54:36 EST Hello from Florida Hey! I'm new to this team. I live in the Panhandle of Florida and there are lots of biking and hiking trails near me. I've been wanting to do this for a while and get my kids involved. My daughter and I both LOVE biking, but my boys were not kind to our bikes so new ones are in order. We gave my boys our bikes. <BR> <BR> Hiking was something I did a lot, a lot when I was younger and I LOVE it!! I stopped when I got married, 20 years ago, and now that my kids are just about gr... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:34:28 EST Want to find nature fun again and bike it all... Hey howdy there. <BR> <BR> I'm Talia and woke up last week saying that I wanted to join a charity bike race in a year--well, I'm working on that goal (though on the stationary bike primarily til I can get my good wheels fixed). Still, I do want to see more nature also, because its fun, its clean, and the hiking possibilities (though I live east of flat Houston for crying out loud) mean some good chances to work my muscles in good ways. <BR> <BR> I'll probably have tons of questions and enjo... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:55:01 EST Hello from Minnesota! Hello :) My name is Amy. I used to practically live outside when I was younger until I moved out to town which was probably part of the reason I ended up gaining all my weight. For the last 6 years or so I've wanted to get back into hiking. This weekend I got some boots and pretty jazzed about exploring the state trails we have around here. Don't know why it took me so long but better late than never right? Besides I'm sure the dogs would love an adventure! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:00:30 EST new from Maryland Virginia Hi! I'm new to the team. I live in Frederick County, Maryland (near Carroll County) and I have a cabin near Woodstock, Virginia, where I go for about 2 weekends a month throughout the year. <BR> <BR> I'm 56, married with 3 grown kids and 2 dogs, and I love to hike and camp. <BR> <BR> ~MollySue Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:27:43 EST Heya! I'm on Puget Sound in Washington State! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ^That is my young friend Miss Tadpole-Marie playing at Point No Point. We hike up there on the beach some, we also hike in Illahee Preserve (which when i was a kid in the 1970s we all just called "THE WOODS" lol). Tadpole-Marie really enjoys her forest rambles and looks forward to the day when she and I will HIKE MOUNT RAINIER! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> BTW... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:28:53 EST Hi from Nebraska Hi, my name is Catherine and I live in Nebraska. I used to hike as a child and teenager/young adult, but have not hiked in, well, decades. I've decided to start hiking again as I am looking for fun fitness activities, I hate the gym. <BR> <BR> I have tracked down a lot of trails in Nebraska. Does this group have a definition of hike? many of the trails are paved and what I consider a walk. I have no real problem with that as these walks will help me gain endurance and get in shape for somet... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:41:31 EST Hi from PA! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I'm a 31 year old grad student studying geology/biology. I love being outdoors, though being in school I don't always get outside as much as I'd like to. We're fortunate to have lots of hiking trails in this part of central PA and I'm trying to take advantage as much as possible now that the weather has warmed up a bit. <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I just booked my ticket to fly out for a 10 day hiking/camping road trip with the bf out west this summer. We're hi... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:09:52 EST Has anyone hiked in Cheaha State Park in Alabama? We have been hiking several times lately in Cheaha (its only about 2 hours away and they have some lovely cabins there) and I'm curious if any of you have hiked there. There are a lot of trails that connect and we want to find the connector between the Pinhoti Trail and the Cave Creek Trail (so we can make them into a loop). I know there IS one; we just haven't found it yet so I'm wondering if any of you have (so you can give me a clue what to look for!) <BR> <BR> At any rate, I highly rec... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:06:52 EST Training for a hike Not quite sure what a hike is but I'm training for it! Starting with increasing my walking distance so I do an hour each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, an increasingly longer walk on Saturdays, and short walks on the other days. Did 5k in 60 mins 22 secs yesterday. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:47:05 EST Hi from the UK! Hi! I am 51 years old, and want to lose at least 40 pounds (5 pounds 8 times). I am married with no children, and I live in the UK. I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music, watching films, gardening, and cooking. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:40:29 EST Hi from Wisconsin Hi everyone. I'm Tina, and my husband and I are from chilly Wisconsin. I've been on Sparkpeople for several years and have found it very helpful for weight loss and just making new friends and learning new stuff! <BR> <BR> I just turned 55 and my hubby is 60. We try to stay in shape, do LOTS of walking (mostly in the summer) and have recently decided we want to try backpacking. It's something that has been on our bucket list for a while. I know we are kinda old to start something like t... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:32:56 EST Big Hello from Beautiful British Columbia, Canada On the far West Coast, we are enjoying a very mild winter, perfect for driving to trail-heads and relishing in the abundant green vegetation. Just the other day, I saw some tree buds opening, ... and it was still January then. I have the best hiking boots ever, but the soles slip on ice, so you can imagine how pleased I was to be able to wear them this time of year. No ice! Hoping the share a new year of lots of hiking with you. Happy trails in 2015!!! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:13:43 EST Personal Locator Beacon - Question? My husband and I are planning our first hike of the year. It's been several years since we hiked (our son was with us then). Does anyone own a personal locator beacon (PLB) and if so, what brand did you buy? We are looking at the PLB's with built-in GPS. They aren't cheap so I'm interested in one that is very dependable and of great quality. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:54:17 EST Greetings from Northern Minnesota! Hello from Northern Minnesota, where people are friendly and the weather is freezing! I'm Rosie and I just started back with spark people this month. I have three children and am in my late 30's. I love hiking even though I haven't done much of it in the last 5 years. Looking forward to getting in shape and hitting the trails! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:10:28 EST Hello, also from Oregon! Hey everyone! I'm looking forward to connecting with people with similar interests on here. I love hiking and am looking forward to trying backpacking this year. Looking to add friends as well so add me if you like. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:50:07 EST Hello from the Oregon coast! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Glad I found this team! Hubby and I have lived on the Oregon coast 2 1/2 years now. We bought a house in August of 2013 and have spent the better part of a year with home improvement projects. Unfortunately our love for hiking took a back seat. <BR> <BR> We live in this beautiful state, not taking full advantage of it, so we decided to put outdoor activity at the top of our list. After researching online, I ran off a list of 3 dozen or so hiking trails near us. W... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:32:25 EST Hi From Michigan Glad I found you all!! And that is the one thing I am thankful for today (The thankful challenge) Speaking of challenges, I joined that challenge but cannot figure out how to be accountable for it. In all my days of hiking and bushwhacking, I've never been as lost as I am trying to find my way around SparkPeople! Anyway, I loved activities that got me outside especially hiking and backpacking. Unfortunately a major life change and I've basically been a couch potato for 4 years. I can't ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:03:35 EST Getting into Backpacking Shape: Recommendations What Resources or Recommendations can you make that might be helpful to others in reference to getting in-shape enough for Hiking? <BR> <BR> I like this short list of simple starter ideas: <BR> <BR> • Take the stairs whenever possible <BR> • Walk instead of drive <BR> • Ride a Bike <BR> • Jog to get in shape for Backpacking <BR> <BR> These ideas came from: <BR> <link><BR>itioning-backpacking.html </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:56:25 EST If you Could Hike ANYWHERE where would it be? I think that our TEAM is slowly fading for the Winter months and needs inspiration to pick things up so I'm asking this question: <BR> <BR> If you Could Hike ANYWHERE where would it be? <BR> <BR> For me in this particular time of my life I am feeling very out-of-shape and would like something to inspire and motivate me & make me feel safe. I have thought a lot lately about packing in my own gear and staying on top of the world to fire lookouts. SEE: <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:36:52 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:34 EST Fears: Bears, Cougars, Snakes etc... Fears no matter how irrational are debilitating and it's good to be prepared just in case. What do you do to keep safe on the trail when it comes to wildlife and the wilderness in general. (I personally am terrified of Lightning). <BR> <BR> I very much appreciated this Link: <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> Jane <link><BR>t-trail/17-things-scarier-than-bears-o<BR>n-the-pacific-crest-trail/ </link> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:40:26 EST Texan girl in a Virginian world Hello everyone! I'm Rachel, 22 year old fitness coach and wildlife enthusiast. <BR> <BR> Currently living in Virginia, I've run these woods my whole life. I love wandering around in the middle of no where, exploring and seeing what I can find. I recently hiked White Oak Canyon for the first time, Two Face (my fuzzy dog child) loved it.. He goes everywhere with me, especially if there are woods or natural water involved. I was supposed to go hike Old Rag this past weekend, but it was canceled... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:16:21 EST Hiking alone? I'm new to the forum and a fledgling hiker. This spring (at 260+ lbs) I started hiking the trails around Phoenix (but it quickly became too hot for me to continue). The thing is, I REALLY like hiking alone. I know one's "not supposed to" go out alone, but how do you all feel about it? <BR> I should mention that I'm hiking trails that are close to park roads, modestly populated and have decent cell signal so the risk of not being able to get help is very, very low. My bigger fear although ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:18:24 EST Sleeping Bag Recommendations I'm in the market for an overnight hike sleeping bag (preferably under 4 pounds). I'm just starting into overnight hiking, so my inclination is to go cheap and then trade up when I prove to myself that I'll actually go and therefore the investment is wort it. However, my fiancee is trying to convince me otherwise. What bags to do you use or recommend? I'm aiming for less than $200. <BR> <BR> These are the ones I'm currently debating on: <BR> - BIG AGNES Women's Slavonia 30° Sleeping Bag, Reg... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:40:32 EST Hello from Phoenix! I discovered hiking this spring, right before our Phoenix temps hit permanent triple digits. I CAN'T WAIT for the thermometer to get back down to something reasonable (for me) to get back on the trails. <BR> My bucket list includes a hike down to Havasupai Falls and back out (looking at a two or more day trip so that we can spend the night(s) at the "hotel" at the bottom and recover a bit). I am hoping to be ready by next fall (2015) if we can get reservations. <BR> I'd love to chat with ot... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:15:42 EST Hello from California Hello happy hikers! <BR> I am new to this group, but I've been on SparkPeople for six and a half years. I started hiking about a year ago. I just hiked Mt. Whitney! I don't normally post about negative things in my life, but I want to share how far I've come. I have fibromyalgia. Over three and a half years ago, I was back up over 200 pounds, again. In fact I weighed over 215 pounds. My weight has yo-yoed up and down between ages 19 and 41, gaining more and more each time. The weight gain wou... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:17:49 EST Greetings from Alaska Hello All! <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for about a month now and enjoying it very much. I love to do outdoor activities and primarily hike and bike. You can browse through my blog to see some of the hikes i"ve done here in Alaska. We have a limited hiking season so I hit it pretty hard while the weather allows and then switch to snowshoes in the winter. Thinking about trying cross-country skiing this winter. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:34:49 EST Any hiking runners??? Looking to see if any of you hikers are also runners? I am training for a couple of long races, including my first marathon and I am wondering and looking for any tips on how hiking can fit in. I sometimes have to choose between my hiking friends and my LSD and I wonder if I have to. We do some pretty good mileage when we hike. <BR> Next week they are doing a hike that I really want to do but I have my last and longest LSD on Saturday of 15.5 miles before my 18.12 Challenge. I know the run m... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:01:35 EST Promoting the Outdoors While sitting around with my hiking buddies, discussing our upcoming backpack trip, we were sharing comments about the decrease of hikers we've seen in the wilderness areas the last couple of years. I pointed out that it's getting to be the same on the shorter hikes in and around our area. We assume that part of the blame could be the "hand held" technology that the youth today so need to have (so they think). I pointed out that parents could be part of the problem, because of the complacency... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:36:54 EST Newbie from NH Hello! Greetings from New Hampshire! I am new to Spark people, and very excited to find a group devoted to hiking. Look forward to meeting and chatting :) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:30:42 EST Calorie count question Hey spark hikers .. have a question about calories burned/calories intake. When I hike, I wear my spark tracker and usually I just go by that calorie burn to calculate what to eat during that day. BUT ... out of curiosity I checked the activity tracker and if I calculate my calorie burn by the guide there, the calorie difference is a little over 1,000 calories. I don't want to eat too little, but I sure don't want to eat too many calories. I guess my question is, how do you all calculate your... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:13:55 EST Northern Montana Checking in Hi all! My name is Sue, happily married and living in the beautiful state of Montana. Having just relocated from the flat lands of Northern Illinois, hiking is a new activity for me, but find that I LOVE it. Hubby and I hit the trails every weekend until the temps makes it unbearable. We are day hikers, as I do not like to camp. (roughing it to me is a 3 star hotel). Looking forward to meeting everyone and hearing about all your adventures. <BR> <BR> Sue in Montana Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:42:30 EST An amazing rescue This was shared by one of our hiking friends from the team. It's a wonderful story & video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Feet-Down-a-Canyon.-What-He-Saw-Hit-Hi<BR>m-Like-Nothing-Before </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:45:31 EST *waves hello* Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> New to the Let's Go Hiking team, but it looks like a lot of fun. My husband and I just got back form a few hikes on the AT in Tennessee and Virginia (from Ohio). I'm fairly new at hiking, but I can walk up a storm <em>211</em> . Love to get outdoors and am lucky enough to live around an area that has extensive trails in its park system. But my favorite hike so far is the Highline Trail in Glacier Nat'l Park. Glad to be here, hope everyone is doing well ;-). Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:38:44 EST Waving hello from Upstate South Carolina Hey folks - <BR> <BR> Saying hi from Upstate S.C. here. <BR> <BR> 37YO mom of two - looking to get back into my outdoors activities. <BR> <BR> As a teenager I managed an indoor rock gym as well as did a lot of hiking and camping - that stayed with me until my early 20s - so after about a 15 year hiatus, I'm itching for this to really be part of my life!! <BR> <BR> Each year my dad and stepmom with a group of friends make the hike to Leconte Lodge in TN. I've joined in the past two and... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:40:49 EST Hello from northern B.C.! Hi everyone! <BR> I've always enjoyed hiking, especially since moving to western Canada, in northern B.C. There are a lot of gorgeous areas out here to explore, and I'd love to share some of them with you. <BR> Looking forward to chatting with you! <BR> <em>31</em> WildHusky Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:49:58 EST Hole-in- the-Wall Rings Trail & Mid Hills Hike Tomorrow me and my friend are going hiking up and around the Mid Hills area of the preserve..there is a really cool 1.5/2 mile trail over at Hole in the Wall...where you actually, with the help of rings that have been positioned into the face of the mountain, climb down and through the gaps in the mountain.. <BR> We are also planning to do some additional hiking up at Mid Hill, parts of Wild Horse Canyon, as well as 'scout' around looking for other future 'adventures' to add to our bucket lis... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:33:11 EST Hello From Vermont! Hello Team! I'm from central Vermont, which is now just getting green after a long winter. I really enjoy hiking and being out in nature. It has taken me some time to reconnect to that part of my life (I used to hike a lot as a teenager). I'm way overweight at this point, but I'm focusing on building up my strength and endurance this summer so I can meet my goal that I've been talking about for three years: Hiking Camel's Hump. It is a 7.4 mile loop (the way I want to do it) and I want ... Sun, 25 May 2014 10:25:30 EST *waving* Hi from the desert boonies.. Hi everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just getting started in my journey to One~derland. I'm married, going on 25 years now, and have two boys. (18 & 22) <BR> I'm one of just a handful of people that call the 'Mojave National Preserve' my home, year round. We are right smack in the middle of the boonies, 100 miles from any major any direction...with the closest gas station/convenience store being 40 miles away. <BR> We have many 'visitors' coming through the preserve and it's ... Sun, 18 May 2014 22:04:44 EST Kansas-Sp arkPeople Hiking Club Was just there any SparkPeople out there (in Kansas) that belong to a state hiking club or society? I've hiked numerous trails in our "sunflower" state and would like to share my thoughts on some of those trails. <BR> <BR> Trailtrodder <em>295</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 03:36:51 EST KInd of new to hiking Good morning, I live about 30 miles away from the northern terminus of the Appalacian Trail. Baxter State Park in Maine has numerous mountains and trails to hike on. I am now retired and am looking forward to using the park. I have climbed Katahdin and OJI. Looking forward to picking out some gear and hitting the extensive trail system within the park. Happy Trails! Fri, 9 May 2014 08:44:56 EST Hi From Saskatchewan, Canada Hello everyone! <BR> I love being outdoors and close to nature and the best way to do that is hiking! I live along a river valley and enjoy an extensive trail system along it. I have been fortunate enough to see beaver, muskrat, coyotes, deer, pelicans, the rare heron, bald eagles, owls and plenty of rabbits. Our winters are long and very cold, but I will still get out if the windchill isn't too dangerous. When I take a vacation, I center it around where I can take hiking tours. I a... Fri, 2 May 2014 08:04:30 EST Bear Bells..?? My family has recently taken up hiking, and we are loving it. Hiking is something we can all do together, even our youngest, and gets us outdoors and gets our hearts pumping, too! <BR> <BR> We do have California Black Bears around here (which I am terrified of-- especially when they wander around our DRIVEWAY!).. <em>40</em> Now *that* is not the kind of "heart pumping" activity I enjoy, hahaha! <BR> <BR> I am wondering if anyone has heard of, or has had success with "Bear Bells"..? ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:35:13 EST Hi from SE Mass Hi all. I'm Debbie. I live on the south shore of Massachusetts. I am an avid (in my mind) camper and hiker. 5 grown kids, 6 grandkids and husband of 32 years. <BR> <BR> I am doing what I can with what I have to work with. Both my knees have had ACL repairs, both my shoulders have had cuff repair. I do alot of small local hiking. Not too much elevation gain around home so the hikes are long-many hours. Been doing what others consider to be easy/moderate hikes in the White Mountains of... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:40:49 EST Couch to ADK 46'er Sooooo....there are so many people (not just in SparkPeople) who do "Couch to 5k" training. <BR> <BR> I want to know how to train to do the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Summer and Winter. People around here say to start by working on the Catskill 35 (obviously summer). <BR> <BR> I'm the kind of person who throws myself into two to four intense hours of activity at the YMCA and then I crash for a few days. I *expect* myself to be READY for an "A1A" ADK hike next week, when I'm in pain from ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:05:45 EST Back on SP I'm back on SP and getting back to some activity after a long hiatus. I went for a great winter hike last was my first in a few months. It's been really cold here so I'm getting anxious for spring and getting back outside. Glad to be back! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:29:02 EST Weight loss and hiking..... hummmm Okay so I have to ask a question! I started hiking alittle over a month ago and I've noticed that I stopped losing weight. Yes, I've lost inches and still seeing a difference. But I haven't changed my eating patterns too much and I'm wondering if maybe hiking twice a week has made me hit a plateau :/ I still have about 20 pounds to lose and don't know what to do to jump-start it again. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance and just wondering what some of you all have run into! :) Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:35:35 EST New to the team but NOT to Spark! :) Hello Y'all! Hey there everyone! My name is Nikki Lynn and although I'm new to this team and hiking, I'm not new to Spark! I have to say........... I'm TOTALLY addicted to hiking and really love it so much! I'm a married momma, living in central North Carolina but have lived everywhere just about..... hubby just retired after 24 years in the Army. WAHOO! Have 3 amazing kids: 19, 8, and 5. Since coming BACK to Spark (oh many times over the years), I've lost about 16 pounds but really have hit a block since... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:55:50 EST Just starting to post I have been on spark for a while.I am just starting to post on Teams.I love hiking and am hoping to get back into it .I am going to start off with some smaller trails at some state parks near my home. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:01:08 EST Hiking Newbie Hello everyone! I am a married mother of three who is committed to a more active lifestyle, and one way I want to accomplish that is through hiking. I already love camping and the outdoors, and since I live in Herkimer County, NY (just south of the Adirondacks), hiking seems to be a perfect fit. Hopefully this winter will be short and sweet because I am eager to get out and explore! :) Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:48:40 EST Hello Happy New Year! Hiking is one of my favorite activities and I wish I got to do more of it! My husband and I started the year out right with a short nearby hike yesterday morning. I love to head to the mountains to backpack and camp. I think hiking allows you to see places that aren't seen by many and enjoy the greatest views there are. It's awesome to think you may have stood in a spot that no one else has! Looking forward to new adventures this year! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:40:50 EST INTRINSIC_2014 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> My name is Sonia, I'm 33, and I live in Western North Carolina. I'm the Mom of an awesome 5 year-old son named Valen. I've tried Spark a few times in the past (under different user names), but I'm back again after regaining 48 pounds in the past 3 (very difficult) years. The math says that's "only" an average of 16 pounds per year. "Only" 1.333 pounds per month... But blah :( It really adds up! So... I am going to make this year count! <BR> <BR> I found a few a... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:54:25 EST hi my name is delia ..Ive been on sp for a year but recently started to love hiking ( ive always loved walking but wanted something more challenging so started hiking ) I have set a yearly goal to do 100 hikes / walks this year . also just got a new walking buddy , hes a 6 week old lab cant wait til hes old enough to go with me Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:04:59 EST SoCal Hiker Hello all! So I'm an interesting adaptive/hybrid type of Hiker. While I prefer hiking mountains and conquering new elevations, I don't necessarily have the time to do that that I used to. I've kind of adapted my activities, then, to mud and obstacle races, which involve a good bit of hiking, and also running and upper body. I still yearn for the trails, though. I had the goal of hiking Mt. Whitney next summer and was on my way but my schedule shifted. It's still a goal, just maybe not this up... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:29 EST Looking for hiking/ba ckpacking buddies wife and I live in Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We don't have to travel far to get out in the woods. We used to lead trips for PATC but that was before kids. Now they are mostly out of the house and we are hoping to get together with some others for outings. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:06:06 EST Massachusetts hiker here Hi everyone. Back on SP for the 2nd or 3rd time. Hoping to stay longer this time. I am from Southeastern MA near the RI border. <em>213</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 21:00:00 EST Pulpit Rock, Hamburg, PA I had an awesome hike this weekend! We hiked up to a favorite lookout to watch the moon rise on Friday night. Then we hiked back down with the full moon and backpacked to our camp site and got up very early to go back up and see the last summer sunrise of this year! It was spectacular. I will post photos on a blog! Pictures do not do it justice. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:32:09 EST Northeast Indiana day Hiker/Biker I have been blessed to hike at many beautiful locations around the country. I also am always looking for new places to visit in my area. The area rails to trails provide great Sunday afternoon or long weekend getaways! My favorite is the Nickelplate heading South out of Peru, IN. Would love to hear from others on great hiking/biking trails in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:12:33 EST Hello From The Pacific NW Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've just joined Sparkpeople with a goal to lose 60 pounds over the next year. I love to get outdoors and hike whenever I can and the Pacific NW offers ample opportunity for plenty of incredible hikes. However, my work travel and not so great eating habits have added 60 pounds and that doesn't help matters any when I want to do a long hike. I've discovered geocaching along with my hiking to try and conquer the weight gain but the sedentary job while traveling and po... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 17:41:02 EST Greetings! Hi! Looking forward to meeting people and getting involved with the team. I'm more of a casual hiker (not much more than 10 miles during a hike--usually a little less). <BR> <BR> I'm currently living in Arizona, but hoping to move back to Ohio (beautiful, green state--unlike the giant desert where I am now) within 2 years. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for awhile (a few years under a different screen name), and I have found that teams can be so motivational. <BR> <BR> Happy hiking! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:16:55 EST Send some love and support to a fellow hiker <BR> <BR> Greetings hikers, I ran across this very touching blog from a SP that just lost his mom.. Do me a favor and spend some spark points to send flowers and other supportive spark goodies. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472148 </link> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:35:14 EST Devil's Lake This Weekend As I live in Southeastern Wisconsin, I am blessed to have the Ice Age Trail winding its way through my part of the state. I am also lucky to have Devil's Lake State Park within an hour from me. If you are from the Midwest you owe it to yourself to spend a day or two at Devil's Lake and the surrounding area. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:20:41 EST Hi im new and I want to lose 20-25lbs I recently had back surgery and quit smoking about 5months ago. It was a 12week recovery for my back and Im currently still doing some PT to help strengthen my core abit..... <BR> <BR> I used to be 260lbs but lost 110lbs 5years ago and kept it off till the quitting of cigs and the back surgery Im finding it difficult without much support to get on track... I do get sore cuz of my back and I do have to be careful with certain activities..... <BR> <BR> I love hiking and walki... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:23:15 EST Hello Most Awesome Group of People When I took my best friend's kids on their inaugural hike up Waterman, I was giving them the basics on the drive there about preparation, safety and flora/fauna, etc. It wasn't until I saw other hikers in the distance that I realized that I failed to tell them a key thing about hiking. "Don't get freaked out, but these people will probably talk to us." What? This is LA. You can get on an elevator or live next door for months and not get eye contact. The kids were great and we exchanged se... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:09:43 EST Intro Hi, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I am a empty-nester and grandmother who wants to restart her life, and who has tried to lose weight for decades, but who does not believe in looking back. (I've been on Spark before and got sidelined when I tried to start running & tearing a tendon in my foot.) So, I am back now with great conviction. I know what to eat, know how to slowly recover, and I exercise as best as I can. I only need help discovering the patience it takes to lose a great deal of weight. Are y... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:08:18 EST hello everyone hi im kelly and i am working on losing 65lbs and getting my body back Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:48:30 EST Hi from the flatlands of Illinois I hike the parks and forest preserves that are within a couple hours of home with a group of friends. We don't have the spectacular hiking found in other parts of the country and world, but I enjoy finding beauty where I live. I'm looking forward to reading, learning, and experiencing some of the places where you all hike. I love hiking in Colorado (have family there), our national parks, and my home state of Wisconsin. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:38:21 EST Upstate South Carolina Anyone out there from Upstate SC or Western NC? If so, you know we have some great hiking in the area. My dog and I hiked a couple of miles at Paris Mtn today. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:15:27 EST Otter So, I never gave a trail name much thought, but Otter it shall be, I suppose. My real name is Janie. I work part time for an outdoor outfitter in Travelers Rest, SC - when I am not working at my real job at a local community college. <BR> <BR> I am just returning to hiking and backpacking after nineteen years of rearing my child. After three weeks of day hikes and the stationary bike, I was finally ready to shoulder the pack. <BR> <BR> We (my husband and I) just returned from an overnight h... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:08:51 EST Portland Hiking Group? Looking to possibly get into a hiking group of Portland, or to make one! <BR> <BR> I posted this in the Oregon Spark group as well. <BR> I've been wanting to do hiking, but I have no one that wants to go with me. I have a border collie who loves to go out for walks, and go hiking in the woods with me. <BR> <BR> I'd love to see if we can get enough people in the Portland Metro area to go on hikes together! I live in Newberg, but I am willing to meet in the Portland area a couple times a mon... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:17:00 EST Oregon Gal Hey there! <BR> <BR> I'm 23 and I live near Portland OR. I am trying to get into more outdoors groups, and get more active for the time being. The reason I put it like that, is I will be hopefully leaving for the Navy later this year. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get into an active group of hikers, but that aren't TOO extreme because I'm still in the beginner-average fitness levels. I'm working hard to get in shape for bootcamp, and I am hoping to get that partially through outdoors events. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:10:41 EST Getting back into hiking shape in 6 weeks? Does anyone know of any plans/ schedules for getting back into shape for hiking? I was an avid hiker and fell away from it for about a year. I started easing back into it this spring but snapped a tendon and was laid up for a while. I'm healed now and have a friend coming in from out of state to go hiking in mid August. So I estimate I have 6 weeks to get into the best shape possible. <BR> I live on a remote island where the terrain goes from sea level to mountain peaks in a hurry. So almost... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:03:15 EST Intro to Group Hi all, I'm new to the group :) If there are lots of spelling errors, please excuse them, as I am typing blind (as in without my contacts!). I love to hike, just don't get to do as much of it as I'd like to in recent years. However, my archaeology group is getting together to do several different hikes this summer - two thi sweek! I'm so excited to be getting back at it. I was also pretty excited to see a hiking "team" on spark :) Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:12:05 EST Hi New member Hi team, <BR> <BR> I am a new member. My name is Mark and I am a boy scout leader. I enjoy walking in the woods and would like to learn more about backpacking. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:40:32 EST New Member - First post I love hiking and used to do a lot of it. Last time I went to the north shore with a girlfriend and we hike a number of trails in search of the local was a blast and such an adventure. I don't have another one planned yet, but hope to get more walking in at a few parks and a few new ones as well to enjoy some time out with the boys. I wish it would quit raining around here so I could enjoy it more. Tue, 28 May 2013 13:53:42 EST Trekking Poles I have recently started hiking with my family and I have horrible balance. I thought that trekking poles would help me with my balance while on a trail. Does anyone use them and if so what kind do you have? Do they help you with your balance? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 24 May 2013 20:08:48 EST Hi! Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. I recently started going hiking with my family again after many years and love it. I hope that we can go to a new place each week and explore new territory! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 May 2013 20:05:46 EST Shenandoah National Park??? In mid-May, this Arizona girl is going for a very short two-day stay to Shenandoah. Reservations at the Skyline. I'm sure the lodge will have hiking maps & suggestions; however, I'd love to hear from any Sparkers who have spent time there! Sun, 5 May 2013 17:52:04 EST Hello from NYC/CT! Any mountain climbers here? Hi everyone! I live in CT and work in NYC, and am looking to meet other SparkPeople who love hiking in the mountains. <BR> I've got two upcoming goals: I'm climbing Mount Rainier in a little over 8 weeks, and then I'm planning on climbing Denali (Mount McKinley) in June 2014. My challenge isn't getting myself to the gym--signing up for a difficult (and expensive!) mountain climbing trip keeps me motivated to work out. Instead, my challenge is to significantly lower my body fat Thu, 2 May 2013 10:02:51 EST Pictures of our hiking adventures to share! Hello everyone! <BR> I thought this might help us connect as a team if we started a thread that posted pictures of the locations where we hike! <BR> Suggestions of the best way to attach photos??? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:14:40 EST How to use the mileage tracker for hikes... I went for a great hike yesterday after work and when I went to track my fitness ~ I thought I could use the map/route finder and plug in the route and voila...get the feedback...but it doesn't work unless you have addresses to follow. <BR> Any suggestions on how to do this? <BR> The hiking trail we went on is a Provincial trail .... I thought there may be a way to help track the route. <BR> What are others on the team doing to help calculate distance, speed and calories burned on their hikes... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:22:34 EST What do you notice while you were out hiking? Today we hiked along a trail that follows a river up to a waterfall. It was the sound of the river as we wove along through the trail beside it that I noticed today! <BR> The water was running high and fast and not much else could be heard above it! Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:59:05 EST Hello from Vancouver Island! One foot in front of the's been my mantra on this weight loss journey! I'm currently at 90 lbs down and aiming to reach my goal of 110 lbs down... and have fallen in love with hiking all over again! My body loves to move! Looking forward to the team challenges, meeting other hiking enthusiasts and continuing on my weight loss journey!! Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:38:48 EST hello from MO Im so glad spring is here to make walking more enjoyable but a few short months from now the Missouri heat will be almost intolerable. My husband and i like to do several 2-4 mile hikes a week on the local greenway trails, park and at the nature center. when we have time to get out of town our walks are closed to 7 miles, usually. We're hoping to hike out and wildneress camp sometime this year but have not yet decided on where. Usually we camp at state parks, army corps of engineers or cons... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 17:12:36 EST Howdy Hikers! I'm new to SparkPeople as of today and was excited to see a hiking page. I live in SW Washington and my goal is to take on some more challenging hikes (and an overnighter) this summer. Looking forward to reading your posts! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:48:38 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:33 EST Eastern PA I live in Eastern PA and love the AT. My dream would be to thru hike some day but for now I section hike. I am currently thinking about a 3 week trip. WV, MD and S PA. I hike a lot and just feel the urge to go right now. <BR> I day-hike with lot's of different people from several clubs in the area. Back-packing for a couple of weeks will be very different though. I will probably end up alone. I do lot's of day-hikes alone and I have car camped alone but never have I back-packed alone. Thinkin... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:39:54 EST What do you consider a 'respectable' distance? If you've seen my blog from last week, you'll know that my hiking buddy and I did 14 hilly miles on rough paths. I find it hard to gauge how this compares with what other people do. We went quite slowly last week - average 2mph - because bits of the path were very muddy or uneven. Tomorrow I'm off hiking again, on my own as my hiking buddy isn't well. On a 10 mile hike, would you expect to go 3mph? Less? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:49:38 EST vacuum flasks I've got two vacuum flasks with metal innards. However I find that tea is horrible when kept in them - it goes a very weird dark colour. Anyone used them for coffee or cocoa? Did it travel ok? I want to go hiking tomorrow and it's bitterly cold so I will need hot drinks AND soup. Soup seems to be fine. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:39:48 EST Hi from the West Coast of B.C. Hi All, <BR> <BR> I live on west coast of beautiful British Columbia, and trails and forests stretch out before me. If I only were in better shape to enjoy them to the fullest. I have had to say 'no' in recent years to some pretty amazing hiking opportunities, but that is not going to happen anymore. Will be losing all that extra weight so that I can climb to the top -- to any lookout -- and enjoy the view peacefully, even on a hot summer's day. Looking forward to meeting you all. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:57:10 EST Non food reward 50 HIkes in Louisiana Bought this book to reward myself for losing the 1st 5 lbs. and am looking forward to completing all 50 hikes over the next few years! 5 down 40 more to go!! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:40:49 EST Fayetteville NC Hello! My name is Kristy. I'm a 32 year old mom. I live with my 2.5 year old daughter, husband and 2 mini weiner dogs. I enjoy hiking, geocaching and being outdoors in general. Had this team suggested to me via the Geocaching website and thought I'd join. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:48:57 EST Superbowl Hike Or maybe that should be, Superbowl or Hike? Tomorrow afternoon, while much of the USA sits to watch the "football game of the year" on TV, my SparkPhoenix pal, HIKERBECKY, and I are meeting up for a hike at one of the local mountains. It's great to live in a city that has miles & miles of desert mountain trails for day hikes! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:45:27 EST Western Colorado Hi all! I enjoy anything that has to do with being outdoors in God's beautiful creation! Currently, I'm spending most weekends snowshoeing on Grand Mesa (the largest flattop mountain in the world) near our home and also go at times in the San Juan mountains, also near home. My ultimate goal is to hike a fourteener. I tried two years ago, but got altitude sickness 500 vertical feet from the top. Am hoping that since I'm in better shape, I can make it this year! Looking forward to being part of... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:50:27 EST My next question - Going while hiking Warning - possible TMI alert <BR> <BR> You all have been so helpful and I'm hoping for some more help. <BR> <BR> One reason I haven't ventured on long hikes is because I don't want to consider where I'd "go" while attempting to stay hydrated. Sometimes I just don't sweat it all out. I need to figure out the balance of intake and outtake or how to deal with this. Do you just go behind a tree/out of view of others? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:42:01 EST Looking for winter/wet seaon hiking tips We are lucky enough to live in the Pacific NW where we can probably hike year around, but we're newish hikers and winter hiking makes me nervous. I'm wondering if any of you have tips beyond finding some appropriate trails (and I have a few that should work for us ). Our hikes tend to be 3-8 miles in length and so far we really haven't done anything way off the beaten path. <BR> <BR> I love being outside in moderate rain, a little cold, fog, etc. It makes me feel more in touch with being ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:57:36 EST Phoenix, Arizona Hello from Phoenix, Arizona. Hiking season is ON for me! We have loads of huge city parks with hills & mountains. This is the season when I can hike after just a short drive of 10-30 minutes to arrive at the city or county park of my choice. <BR> <BR> In the summer, when Phoenix is too hot, I have to drive at least 90 minutes to the mile-high+ areas of AZ. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the discussions on this forum. :D Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:31:36 EST Hello from Calgary Hello! I have been on SP for a couple years now but I've just joined this team, and I'm loving the vibe so far. :) I have started hiking over the last 3 years since I've moved to Calgary, Alberta (from southern Ontario). The Rocky Mountains are literally in my back yard and I've been learning ways to enjoy all they have to offer in summer and in winter (hiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, etc.). <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:21:45 EST Hi! I hiked in the Blue Ridge Mountains all my life until gaining a lot of weight in the past 10 years--now I can't walk very far--usually five miles is it. My husband and I built trails on the woods through our property and walk the dogs daily--2.5 miles. We love hiking outdoors. Hi to everybody! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:57:26 EST Greetings from north Louisiana I'm from north Louisiana. I'm 44 years old, mom to two boys, and married for 18 1/2 years to my college sweetie. I need to lose 40 lbs. I've just joined Weight Watchers. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and getting fit together! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:26:57 EST When you can't go hiking... What do you do instead? My hikes have been getting rained out lately and I've been going stir-crazy! I did yoga on Friday - it was alright. Was looking at the forecast to schedule a hike for next week and it doesn't look like Mother Nature is going to work with me just yet. Any more ideas? Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:36:28 EST Appalachian trail hiker Hello all.I am new to spark and to this team. I used to be an avid hiker four years ago.My favorite trail was the Appalachian trail.I started to gain weight and am now picking hiking back up.Im enjoying being on the trail again after being away for so long. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:15:15 EST Northeast US hiker here Hi hikers, <BR> <BR> Although I live in the northeast US now, I'm from the west coast originally, and grew up doing lots of hiking and backpacking. One of my big rewards down the road will be to treat myself to a guided backpack trip. Now that is very motivating! <BR> <BR> There are nature preserves and trails near my home, and I'm hoping this group will inspire me to get out there and hike in them more regularly than I usually do. My last good hike was a yoga/hiking retreat over a long wee... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:37:02 EST Back to Healthy Eating Hi Everyone! I've been a member for awhile but have been gone so I thought I should reintroduce myself. I love to hike but I live in suburbia and I pretty much have to settle for walking is Forest Preserves or the neighborhood. But it is still enjoyable! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:49:33 EST The Perfect Hiking Boot I think I might have found mine... <BR> I won't be able to really hike it until Saturday & will report back. <BR> Hoping this will be the end of black toes and sore heels. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134612 </link> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:24:01 EST New hiker Hello! I am a new "poster". I signed up to SparkPeople some years ago, but I didn't do it right, and the only way to be successful is to embrace the experience fully, so here I am! This is probably the scariest thing I've done in many years (putting my insecurities and fears out there for others to read), but there is just so much life I want to live, and I need to be healthy to do that. I love walking and hiking and being outdoors, so hopefully reading of others' experiences and sharing... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 15:25:04 EST Hello from Illinois Hello from northern Illinois. <em>213</em> <BR> I am new to hiking. My husband and I have spent the last few months on local trails in our county. Nothing too challenging but I am loving it. Unfortunately they will be close the parks to hikers soon because of hunting season. We are thinking about hiking in the Porcupine Mountains next summer. I need to figure out how to train this winter for what I hope will be a lot of hiking next year. Hoping to learn from all of you. <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:26:37 EST Another PA hiker here Hi all! <BR> <BR> I've been away from sparkpeople for a while, but after numerous months of reduced activity between doctor's orders and building my new blog, I've put on some weight and watched my eating habits go down the drain. <BR> <BR> So I'm back to set things straight! <BR> <BR> I'd love to interact with other people who are passionate about hiking too. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:57:54 EST Portland Oregon checking in! I am new here... ...and looking to find some three season hiking buddies to hit the trails with. <BR> My goal is to get to 200 pounds and I aim to do it via hikes, workouts and healthy eating. <BR> I would like to find people in the Portland metro area to exchange info with, plan activites with to get out and about and to learn from and teach (we are all students and teachers after all). <BR> If this sounds interesting let me know...even if you are not in my immdiate area, we can still teach/learn from one an... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:09:04 EST Hello from Texas Hello everybody. I'm very jealous of everyone here who lives near fabulous hiking trails. I mainly hike the four C trail in Crockett national forest with special trips to the Ouchita nationla forest in Oklahoma. I've been trying to plan a trip to Big Bend but something always comes up. Look forward to reading more about everyone. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:41:13 EST Greetings from San Antonio ANYBODY in here anywhere near San Antonio ? <BR> <BR> I'm a happily married mother of four (ages 15, 8, 7 and 4) ... new to San Antonio and not a very experienced hiking gal ... but interested to do more and achieve more. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:37:06 EST Eating on the Trail Hi all! I was needing some ideas and advice, suggestions etc for fueling on the trail. Yesterday has been my one of my longest hikes yet and I hit the "wall" at mile 7 and thought I was going to have to crawl the last mile back to the parking lot and I know it was because I didn't have enough "gas". And it was made worse because it was cold and raining and the trail was really slick. Being whiney probably didn't help either. <BR> <BR> I normally pack things like trail mix, raisins, granola ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:52:45 EST Hiking at the Edge of Appalachia Hi fellow hikers! <BR> <BR> If you ever happen to find yourself passing through southern Ohio on Rt 32, and feel like hiking, I have a hike for you. Buzzardroost Rock Trail. <BR> <BR> This hike is about 3 miles out and back and of moderate difficulty due to the elevation gain towards the end. After hiking to the top of a cliff, you are rewarded with an amazing view of the valley below. <BR> <BR> I got to do this hike today with my hubby and pup; the weather was great and the trees are ju... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:52:12 EST Hiking in the Mountains I am planning a nice hiking getaway for next Spring. My boyfriend always goes to Platoro, CO and I want to surprise him with a trip that is a new destination! Any ideas on beautiful places? Need to start saving for the gas money to get there haha Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:33:46 EST What brand of boots do you wear? I'm going to have to buy some - at the moment I wear trainers. Just wondered if anyone has any suggestions? Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:46:31 EST Hello From Ohio! Hi, guys, just a quick intro! My name is Michelle and I am from southern Ohio. I have been hiking for several years now and attribute that to my weight loss and maintenance. I have just recently gotten "back into the game" and want to communicate with others who love the outdoors. Stop by my page sometime! Would love to hear from you and hear of your adventures! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:44:45 EST Hello from the Valley of the Sun Becky here from Phoenix, AZ. I live in a hikers paradise! I have a huge mountain preserve within walking distance. (the trail head is a block away from my front door) My neighborhood is a mecca for fitness lovers. Cycling, hiking, running, walking, horseback riding and mountain biking all in my back yard! I can choose to watch the world hike by or get out there! Today I will get out there! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 08:44:53 EST 2012 Fall 5% Challenge Okay all. I've been asked by some to let them know when the next 5% challenge begins. I can't find where I put all the names, so I'm just posting this for anyone who asked or would be interested. <BR> <BR> The Fall 5% Challenge is open and will accept the first 500 people who join. Then the team will be closed and changed to a private team for participants only. <BR> <BR> The team is described as: Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Weeks this Fall, date to be announced. Join a supportive team... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:44:38 EST hello from eastern WA hi there from a reluctant hiker (i hate backpacks and camping) but avid walker in eastern washington, probably hiking central - and as long as there is a real trail or a country road and i can come home at the end of the day, i'm happy. we live in the beautiful methow valley with the east slopes of the north cascades at our doorstep. <BR> <BR> before losing weight and getting back into shape (yes, i am *there*), i hated going uphill, but i'm finding i am no longer limited (yay!). our goal to... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 03:54:23 EST Hello fellow Hikers! I have always loved to hike and it has been my dream to climb Kilimanjaro for a long time. I have set an 18 to 24 month time scale on this so there is lots of time to train. <BR> <BR> I am starting to get back into fitness and hiking after a few years of inactivity. I know this is an ambitious goal but I am pretty determined. I am fortunate to live in an area where there are lots of opportunities to train. (Mountainous BC). <BR> <BR> Enjoy the trails everyone! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:56:24 EST Anyone near Woodland Hills? I would love to find an exercise partner! Good for anything, hiking, cycling, walking, light running, etc. I live in Woodland Hills & haven't found anyone since I moved here a few months ago. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:51:42 EST Hello from PA Hello everyone! My name is Lisa. I used to be a hiker until I had my daugther and life kind of got in the way. Now I find I have lots of time and have been spending my weekends in the woods hiking and exploring local trails and parks. I can't believe what a change this has made in my life. It has been theraputic and peaceful and did I say my favorite way to workout? I have found that I have more energy and stamina and I'm always so proud of myself when I complete a more difficult trai... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 09:38:21 EST Can This Be Right???? So hubby and I headed out this morning for his birthday hike. We took the dog who absolutely had to sniff and pee on anything so took us forever 2hr 50mins (2:20 actual walking time, I had to take a lot of breaks on those steep steps, and then the dog had to play in the water, then a 5 min break to refuel my gut) for 3 miles. It was all up hill, steep up hill with climbing rock steps and then some really steep man made steeps. I was carrying my new daypack, which I absolutely love, weighed in... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:24:25 EST Hi from NC Hi yall. New to the team but not to SP. It recently struck me that hiking is something I can do for my cardio. I hate any form of exercise, I find it quite boring, but I have always loved being in the woods. From the age that my mother finally let me go out alone, I spent hours in my grandparents land in the woods. When I got older I started hitting the trails in the mountains close to home and of course life happened and I only did it sporadically until not at all. <BR> <BR> So I consider... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:44:18 EST Intro to Let's Go Hiking Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a little line to note that I'm just so happy to have found Let's Go Hiking. I'm a dreamer, but I intend to reach a greater level of fitness and quench this nagging desire to participate "for real." Sure, I hike, but too slow to really enjoy the scenery at the top long enough. I want to get in shape and enjoy those panoramic vistas a little longer! Looking forward to getting to know you a little better too, and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting heal... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:09:38 EST Hiked with some Sparkers yesterday! Easy 2 mile hike in the park near Portland, OR. 3 other Sparkers from the Spark Portland group and I (and my dog!) met up and headed into Forest Park. We are so lucky in this area to have a huge, forested natural area right outside town, great place to hike and lots of trails. It was an easy 2 miler, but I still had fun and I met 3 new interesting people whom I have no other thing in common with other than we live near Portland and we are Sparkers! <BR> <BR> My dog is almost 7, but he usu... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:24:59 EST Hiking shoes and gear I have wore out my shoes, and boots for hiking. My feet have gone wider with age. Any suggestions. I don't have a large budget, mainly on a shoestring. So any sales or discounts will help. My last pair was Northface which I like alot. However I haven't found them in wide. I don't get to go out and shop much. And I mostly hate shopping. <BR> Also we carry canteens. Army surplus. Haven't tried the camel baks. We hike with our dogs and need to be able to use the water for them. <BR> Packs. I ne... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 03:19:04 EST Training for the Next Hike I have a big goal of hiking the C&O Canal One Day Hike (50k version) next spring. <BR> <BR> This is a huge step up for me, since I'm pretty much starting from ground level. <BR> <BR> I don't know if most of the team members here are avid hikers or folks who want to hike. But I imagine we all have something we'd like to get ready for. <BR> <BR> I'm planning to track some of my progress here. I'd love company. Just name your goal and what you're doing to get ready. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:33:02 EST Your Favorite Hikes in the Smoky Mountains Finally! My husband and I will get to take a long Labor Day weekend trip to GSM. We'll be staying on the TN side but we'll travel anywhere around the park for a good day hike. <BR> <BR> The hike I'm most proud of was up to LeConte Lodge via Alum Cave Trail a few years ago. <BR> <BR> We like to do day hikes of 5 - 6 hours or two hikes of a few hours each. We're both in pretty good shape and can deal with all trail difficulties. <BR> <BR> Please, I'd love to hear about your favorite hikes a... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:55:45 EST trail nutrition Yesterday I went for a hike after work. I was able to leave a little early, and I had a lot of water before leaving to help hydrate. But one thing I didn't consider was that lunch was not going to last me. I had a few snacks in my pack, and those were barely enough. But I made it 5 miles, and feel really proud of myself and enjoyed the cooling effects of the light rain. <BR> <BR> What do you all do for evening hikes? Do you go ahead and eat an early dinner before? Do you grab a powerba... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 08:19:54 EST Camden, Maine suggestions Hi guys! At the end of the month my family is going camping in Camden Hills State Park on the Maine coast. There are a few nice paths leading directly out of the park, but do any of you have any experience in the area and have any suggestions for good day trips? We're open to traveling a little bit out of the way for a nice day hike. Thanks a lot! <em>295</em> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:26:26 EST Trail hiked today - WOAH! I know it's my first time on a trail in a little while but good grief! I have been walking around my neighborhood. And today I challenged myself to a hike nearby that mimics mountain terrain. I'm in a hilly region, but not mountainous. This hike was so tough! It was hot at 5pm, and the elevation gains of about 560ft were DRASTIC compared to my neighborhood hikes of 163 ft. Actually, reading that makes me feel a LOT better about what I accomplished today. <BR> <BR> My neighborhood wal... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:29:43 EST iowa hiker Hi, I love to go hiking. We live in southern iowa and take many weekend hikes. It has been challenging in many ways. This summer has been hot hot. Since we take our dogs sometime 2 and sometimes 4 we not only have to watch ourselves but also the dogs. One of our dogs doesn't know when to quit so she has to be monitored. She got too hot once this summer and now we don't take any chances. 2 big dogs and 2 little dogs are our friends. Little dogs like to go however they get tired. One has curly ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:28:48 EST new member - Ultimate Hike Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this forum and have joined because I have signed up for the Ultimate Hike. My local one will be 28.3 miles on the Appalachian Trail at the end of October. The organization has provided a training schedule with hikes on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Saturday. The long hike being on Saturday. But they only really mention crosstraining on one day. I feel like this won't prepare me well enough, and I take my commitment pretty seriously. This weekend is the kick off trainin... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:50:29 EST Crap! I think I'm going to lose a toe nail... I just re-started hiking about 4 months ago and have since learned invaluable lessons about the importance of proper footwear. While my very fist hike (in tennis shoes :( ) yielded a bruised big toe nail, it looks like this one is going to hang on. Meanwhile my toe next to my pinky doesn't look so good. Never really paid attention to this one. Oh well, it it what it is. <BR> <BR> I'm planning a series of serious hikes in September/October and I'm on a mission to find the perfect pair of boot... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:36:43 EST Didn't make it to the top of Mt. Whitney! Defeated at Mt. Whitney! I tried my best, but didn't make it last weekend. I started feeling the headache around 11,000' and by 11,500' I was nauseous and couldn't really even hold a few sips of water down. We were making decent time up the hill, but after I took a small stumble due to a bout of sickness that made my head swim, I just couldn't go on. <BR> <BR> In the future, we did learn a good lesson, though. Always get individual permits for hiking the major peaks! There were plenty la... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:28:56 EST Volksmarching? Does anyone have experience with volksmarching? <BR> <BR> Looks like it could be fun and there are a good number of year round events in my area, which you can complete at any time, not just on a big group hike. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:10:14 EST New, with a big goal I haven't done much hiking. Mostly daytripping on shorter trails (2-10 miles). I heard about an annual One Day Hike of the C&O Canal trail. I really love this idea and am setting a goal of trying to do the 50k hike next April. <BR> <BR> It will take a ton of training, consistency and weight loss to make this happen. <BR> <BR> I'm in the No VA area. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:41:11 EST Hi Team! I'm Shannon and I'm very happy to meet you! <BR> <BR> I'm an hiker from the SW Ohio area. I hike with my husband, mostly on vacation. We love to visit the National Parks, especially Great Smoky Mountains. <BR> <BR> The hike I'm most proud of was up to the top of Mt. LeConte (via Alum Cave) in the Smokys. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a regular around these parts. <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Shannon Sun, 8 Jul 2012 21:35:34 EST Hello from Germany Hi everyone. I'm an American living overseas in Germany. I am just getting into hiking. There are so many wonderful hiking trails to choose from here. My husband and I just did a 12.5k trail yesterday and we are hoping the rain clears up today so that we can do another long hike. My dogs really enjoy it too so this is definitely something I can see us continuing to do even once weight loss is not part of the picture. <BR> <BR> We really enjoyed ourselves yesterday. We saw castle ruins,... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 03:32:51 EST I did get the dog to wear shoes I don't think there is a way to put a picture on here, but on my latest blog there is a picture of the dog in his new shoes. He did really well with them. Basically my brother-in-law wanted to do this hike in Sedona that turned out to be largely a slog through hot sand. I was getting Bodie to stay in the shade and then run through the sand to the next shady spot. <BR> <BR> The next day we went to a sporting goods store in Flagstaff and got him some little boots. At first he walked around so... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:25:39 EST Setting Up My Ticker Hi folks! Silly question: how do I set up the ticker? It doesn't appear as an option on my SparkPage. Should I look somewhere else? Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:29:51 EST Hello from Baltimore, MD Hi folks! Vanessa here! As a kid, I used to hike a lot with my family, but once I hit my teens we stopped for some reason. Now that I'm an adult, I'm trying to get back into hiking. I just did the Grand Canyon with my mother and a bit in the Smoky Mountains with my boyfriend. I'm hooked again. <BR> <BR> I've got boots, canteens, and plans to buy a proper backpack (when I lose 10 lbs. that is my reward). Now I just need ideas and support to keep up the hiking as I head into the heat of... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:18:24 EST Hiking in Chacos Hey everyone! I'm new to the group but I feel like I've really found some like-minded people here. <BR> <BR> I wanted to ask you all a "am I crazy?!" question but it requires a bit of a backstory. I'm originally from Colorado and I have always loved the outdoors; camping and fishing and hiking. I really got into hiking in college and that's when I started doing longer, more intense hikes and when I really got a passion for it. Now, I live in South Korea. The mountain ranges are beautiful her... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:23:42 EST Question about staying fueled for hiking Hi All! I'm hoping some of you can help me with a question. Hubby and I have found ourselves short on energy nearly every time we hike. We talk good snacks with us (except maybe the last time when I left them behind) and we eat any time we have a sign of hunger, but I think we're not staying in front of the hunger enough. We had to turn around on a hike in April. The hike turned out to be more than we expected and I think I ran out of energy largely because I had been too low on calorie... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:12:39 EST have you ever spent a surprise night in the woods? I have once. I was 16 and hiking with my best friend who was 15. It's a long story but the keywords are: gorge, river rocks, sprained ankle, banged up elbow, raging thunderstorm, slippery clay trail, and ooh LOOK a cave. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you, 2 teenage girls who don't come home from a hike create major excitement like you would not believe. The excitement apparently ramps up when theirJeep is located at a trailhead where, it should be noted we SAID we were going. We were found the next... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 09:47:53 EST What is between Flagstaff and Santa Fe? I'm about to embark on a really long road trip to Flagstaff. We're staying in Santa Fe for a couple of days on the way back for some alone time. The Flagstaff swing involves a LOT of family. It's 6 hours so we have some time that day to do something along the way, but I just don't know what. The dog is a complicating factor knocking out Sunset Crater and a few other not so dog friendly places. <BR> <BR> I thought about Pikes Peak and mapped it - uh yea not so much on the way - whatta moron.... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:07:44 EST Multitasking backpack gear The last thread about the 1 item in your backpack that you can't do without got me to thinking about backpack efficiency and great advise about things that can be used for more than 1 thing if needed. <BR> <BR> So, I thought I'd start a thread about things we carry in our backpacks that can be used for more than 1 task. Duct tape is the obvious, so that doesn't count! Post here things you've found in your hiking escapades that can do double duty jobs. <BR> <BR> My double duty thing is s... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 19:52:48 EST Help Reforest a Park Got the following message from another team <BR> but thought some of you all might have an interest in this issue <BR> so have copied verbatim following: <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************** <BR> <BR> I realize that many of you do not live close to thispark, yet I still ask your help in re-foresting it. Here is the message I am sending out: <BR> Coca-Cola is having a contest, and will donate $100,000 to the park in first place. <BR> <BR> Bastrop State Park i... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:27:56 EST Hello from Everett, WA Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm changing my lifestyle. Part of that is to get back in to the outdoors and hiking like I did as a younger person. (I'm 45 now). I have a goal to lose another 105 pounds, and when I get to that goal I want to hike in to the Enchantments. The hope is to hike it during the summer of 2013. <BR> <BR> Even at my heaviest, 30 pounds ago, I still hiked and enjoyed the outdoors. They weren't as strenuous as I'd like to do. Lime Kiln was the last one I did in Febr... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 17:19:21 EST what 1 thing in your pack can you not live without Story goes like this, we were out hiking somewhere Yosemite I think in the middle of nowhere and ran into a Park Ranger. We were a bit surprised because we hadn't seen anyone all day. While we were having the "howyadoingbeautifulouttodayinnit" conversation I swear he scooped out my boots. <BR> <BR> DH didn't notice but he's a man and doesn't notice these things. <BR> <BR> Later I was at a friend's house when her Park Ranger brother was visiting and I told him about it. He said absolutely ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:37:16 EST Hello from Scappoose OR I live in Scappoose area outside of Portland Oregon. I will be turning 40 in just a few days and have one boy graduating high school on Saturday and another next year. I was in the military for 11 years and the bad eating habits continue as many times as I try to break them. I joined Sparkpeople in 2008 but never really got off the ground. So I'm here to try it again. :-) I am currently the payroll supervisor at the VA hospital in Portland and have worked there since 2008. I'm married going o... Thu, 31 May 2012 14:57:11 EST can't WAIT for the altitude sickness We're going to visit my sister and her family next month in Flagstaff. It's at 8,000 feet, which means that my entire family LIVES at 8,000 feet. I live at 200 feet. Even my cabin in the mountains is only at 3,000 feet. <BR> <BR> My brother-in-law, DH, dog, and I are planning to hike to the peak of Mount Humphrey. We tried this once before and right about the time we got to the tree line a vicious ice storm hit so we bailed. <BR> <BR> The good news for me is that BIL has been having knee ... Wed, 30 May 2012 11:19:30 EST Two legs down Broke my legs in Nov. of 2010 wow did I pack on the weight ! I am use to being in motion! <BR> Well I am back! And ready to move, no running for the rest of my life but I can mountain bike! And I will. Need some motivation. <em>332</em> Mon, 28 May 2012 10:16:54 EST Good Morning :) I have been a member of Spark-People for awhile but took some time off to get my life in order. Since then I have moved, started a new job and have begun this journey for weight loss again. Thank you so much for starting this group. In my busy and hectic schedule it's important to remember me and why I am here. :) Good luck everyone :) Sun, 27 May 2012 08:58:28 EST Helo from Oregon Coast Hi I'm Tami and I am here for weight loss. I moved about 20 miles away from my favorite hike and now I am exploring new trails around my new home. It's nice to meet all of you and I can't wait for the rain to stop so I can go explore some more. Thu, 24 May 2012 14:50:59 EST Attacked on Trail Hello all! I'm new to the group. <BR> <BR> I've always enjoyed the outdoors and I LOVE to hike! I was a regular, and used hiking as one of my top weight loss tools. <BR> About three years ago I moved to Texas (Houston area), and was excited about all of the hundreds of miles of hiking trails surrounding me because of the Sam Houston National Forest. I lived here about two months and decided to embark on my first adventure. I drove to a trail lot and started, and noticed a truck pull in behin... Sat, 19 May 2012 21:57:10 EST What is the best hiking App? I am new to hiking and live out in Northern California. I have been looking for 2 apps: <BR> <BR> 1) One that lists the best trails near me with details on the potential hikes <BR> <BR> 2) One that tracks my hike for distance/elevation or even calories burned/speed of walking/hiking. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions? Fri, 18 May 2012 15:26:19 EST Hello from Alberta Canada I thought I would just drop in and say hello. I am not a hiker - yet, but I am getting there. In 2004 I was in an accident that took out my left leg and I was told I would be lucky if I could ever walk unsupported again. That was not acceptable to me and I began the long journey back. First I learnt how to keep my balance while standing, then I progressed to learning how to walk again. My injury kept my walking very limited for a long time. It wasn't until 2007 before I could make it ar... Wed, 16 May 2012 09:02:49 EST Hi there!! Hey there! Greetings from Virginia! I look forward to this SP journey that will take me to a healthier life. I love hiking with my friends and family in my beautiful Commonwealth...we have so many wonderful trails here! I have dreams of hiking in Ireland one day. My hubby is an avid hiker who hikes on sections of the AT each year with a buddy of his. Well, enjoy those trails out there! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 May 2012 19:29:45 EST Hi from Frankfurt, Germany Hi there, <BR> I'm Barbara from Frankfurt, Germany - the smallest big city in Germany ;) Including some wonderful hiking regions around the city. I love to share / exchange pictures from my hikes and would like to see where you are enjoying mother nature .. <BR> Keep on hiking ;) <BR> Barbara Sat, 5 May 2012 10:34:17 EST GLAD TO JOIN! I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO HIKING AND NEVER BEEN. I CANT WAIT TO SEE WHERE THE TEAM GO AND THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE ALL ACHIEVE..LOOKING FORWARD TO ACTUALLY GOING HIKING... Wed, 2 May 2012 10:54:34 EST Hi Hello, my name is Jenn and I just joined this site today, when I saw the "let's go hiking" team I had to join. I enjoy being outside and walking on the trails in my area. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:58:40 EST Hello from the Sunshine Coast of Florida! Just wanted to introduce myself! Looking forward to "living the Spark life!" We just moved down here from Ohio in December, and we are thrilled that there are tons of places to go hiking, or at least nature-walking, around here! Being Florida, there's not much challenge when it comes to terrain. The heat is what's going to be the most challenging from June to September. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all of you! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:44:00 EST New from the Mtns of TN Hello Everyone. I am a 27 year old chef from Southeast TN. Born and raised between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mtns I grew up climbing the hills and fishing in the rivers of Appalachia. I attended college in Middle TN and moved to Nashville for several years. In early 2011 I moved back home and fell in love with the mountains all over again. I go hiking nearly every week and it was my first reason to change my lifestyle. I'm very excited about a summer full of hiking, camping, and becoming... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:17:46 EST Hey everyone! Hey! I am Laura from TN (great hiking spots here but always look for more!).. I have a 3 year old little boy, and I am currently in school with plans to graduate in December. I am busy, so although I check in every day, I don't always check the message boards. It's so hard to keep up with sometimes. <BR> However, I LOVE hiking and I am always looking for new hiking spots. I also LOVE meeting new people, so feel free to add me! (Even though my page is private -- I will add you back!) <BR> I lo... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:42:29 EST Hello from Peoria Arizona Just joined sparkpeople today on the recommendation of a coworker. Looking forward to support and being supportive. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:25:04 EST hi all just like to say hi all and hope to get to know you,se kendoe Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:03:41 EST advice for a new hiker? Hey everyone! <BR> I have never actually went hiking before, but my boyfriend and his friends have planed a trip in august and invited me along, hence the reason i have joined the sparkpeople program just moments ago! I have no idea what to expect, its about a 6-7 hour hike, according to wikipedia, the mountain is 2,644 ft/806 m. i dont even know how big that is! I am not at all in shape for this, and I'm a little worried i wont make it to the top and embarrass myself in front of all of his ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:29:13 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! :-) Im a newbie to the website! I'm trying my hardest to lose weight! Its always been a life long struggle of mine, hopefully this site will help me accomplish my goal of being fit and in shape but most importantly living a healthy lifestyle! Toodles!!! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:49:26 EST April 2012 Challenge I would like to get some hikes in, continue to work on my other goals. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 02:15:33 EST Phone app vs GPS So I'm spending a couple days hiking and camping next week. I've seen phone apps that track your route and elevation, but if I'll be in a canyon will it even work? I'm also concerned about my phone's battery life. My aunt just bought a handheld GPS for her hiking trips. Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm going to REI this weekend. Also, if i bought a GPS I would use it on ALL my hikes, not just this trip. ;-) Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:22:06 EST Women's hiking / backpacking boots? Hi all... I'm going to be doing a week long backpacking trip on Isle Royale National Park (Michigan) late summer... About 42 miles, carrying 35 to 40 pounds max (I hope!).... I'm looking for any recommendations / opinions re good quality women's hiking / backpacking boots... Would also like to keep the cost under $200 (could go a little bit higher, but not much!) <BR> <BR> I currently have a very well broken in pair of mid high leather hiking boots (Montrail, Gortex)... But they weigh a litt... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:27:29 EST Hiker from SW Washington! Hello, all. <BR> I have been a hiker/camper most of my life and am planning to get back into it this year, now that I've lost some of the excess weight I've been carrying around and my daughter is raised and starting to move onto her own life. I am 46 and I have a 23 y/o DD and 6 y/o Springer Spaniel who are my world! I have to say I am a fair weather outdoors woman, so most of the year, I am not up in the hills and mountains in my neck of the woods! <BR> <BR> This year I have committed t... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:51:38 EST Just another babe from Boston :) I thought that would be a catchy headline lol. So happy to find this group! My favorite thing in the world is to get lost in the woods. In recent years my weight has skyrocketed out of control and made hiking difficult for me. However, I'm bound & determined to find away back to all of the things I love to do. Can't wait to meet all of you & support each other on this journey. <BR> Deborah Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:51:48 EST Greetings from Southwestern Illinois! So thankful to have found this team! The Mississippi river lends to some fantastic (and occasionally taxing) hiking trails! We have woods, bluffs, plains, caves, and man made hiking trails through the area. <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany, I live across the river from St. Louis, MO <BR> (literally I can walk to the edge of the river from where I live) <BR> I'm 24 years old and I love the outdoors. While the cities here are kind of rundown, the surrounding natural areas are really beautiful ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 23:42:18 EST Hi from Auburn, WA Hi everyone. I live in Auburn WA (west hills). Love all of the hiking and adventures around the area. I'm on the committee with our local boy scout troop so we get out a lot (we schedule two outings per month). Just built (and slept in) snow caves this weekend. It was definitely an adventure. We had blizzard conditions for part of it. Never thought about how tricky it would be to get into the sleeping bag, compared to a tent. Glad we did it...something we'll always remember. Looking forward t... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:29:36 EST Hello from SC I'm so glad I found this team. I try to hike every chance I get. Almost every weekend and the occasional opportunity to play hookie from work during the week. There are so many beautiful places to explore here and the weather tends to cooperate most of the time. I'm looking forward to hearing about your hiking experiences and the places you visit. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:47:45 EST Hey from Patty in California Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (from Mexico to Canada) is on my "bucket list." I admit, my husband is the hiker in our family: he hiked Mt. Whitney last fall and takes our sons to Catalina Island every year. I hiked with him near the Kern River in California, my first backpacking trip, two years ago. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get in better shape so I can join him and the boys in the beautiful outdoors. <BR> <BR> Anyone hike the Pacific Crest Trail? <BR> <BR> Visit my SparkPage! <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 01:23:27 EST Hello from NJ Hi all, <BR> I'm from NJ and only hike about 4-6 times per year. But I'm also an AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) member. I have a gym membership but I much rather get my exercise in the great outdoors. I also enjoy skiing, biking, kayaking and any outdoor sports really. Anyhow the AMC has some great hikes in the NY NJ and CT region. I recently injured myself skiing so I will probably need to take a break from everything for awhile until it's fixed. See you all around on the message boards. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:47:04 EST Hello from Texas Hello, I love to hike and I am excited to find this SparkTeam. I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but new to teams. <BR> <BR> The thing I love most about hiking is being out in nature -and that makes it feel less like exercise, but it sure is a great workout.. I have a hiking goal this year of hiking to the top of Guadalupe Peak - the highest point in Texas. <BR> <BR> Happy Trails everyone, Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:12:00 EST New from the UK Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I have started training for my walk in the summer. My friend Stuart and I intend to walk around the coastal path of Cornwall from just north of Bude to Penzace. <BR> <BR> We are life long buddies, but I wonder if we can stand each other for a solid 2 weeks <em>41</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:14:47 EST New member from Wisconsin Hello, everyone. I just joined the group today. I have been a member of SparkPeople for about 8 months, but only really started to use it a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> One of the main reasons I want to lose weight and get in shape is for backpacking. I love backpacking but I find that I am not physically fit enough to do the hikes I want to do. <BR> <BR> My roommates and I did a 30-mile backpacking trip last year through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota, and I struggled to... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:40:59 EST Managing SP's New SHARE Feature I'm sorry if you've already seen this info or if this isn't a good place to post it but I wanted to let people know about the new feature and how to manage it. <BR> <BR> You may have noticed that your own blog now has is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" it on their Facebook wall!! You can read more about this at <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=46<BR>80590 </link> <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:30:00 EST Following Atticus I read this book over the holidays and it is so inspiring!! This guy (who starts out quite out of shape) and his dog climb the 4000-footers in NH. Anyone else read it? I'd highly recommend it if you get a chance!!! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:14:56 EST Free TNT registration! Kind of last minute... Who said you can’t get something for nothing? You can! From the stroke of midnight on 01/02/2012 to the stroke of midnight on 01/08/2012, you can register for absolutely free for Team In Training (TNT) —- that’s a savings of $100! <BR> <BR> The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT is the industry leader and most successful endurance sports training program for charity. With more than 2,300 professional coaches, clinics on nutrition and equipment, and a dedicated team to train with yo... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:18:16 EST New from Mass! Hi all! I'm new from MA. I love backpacking and it's a great way to stay fit. So far I've completed 600 of 2100 miles on the Appalachian Trail (in their entirety: MA, CT, PA, MD, WV and large chunks of VT, NH, ME, NY, NJ and just started VA). Are there any other AT enthusiasts? My husband and I are hoping to fly to GA this fall to hike NOBO for two weeks. It's going to be tough! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:31:54 EST Pinnacles National Monument My husband and I love going to the Pinnacles. These are located in central California.and are half of an extinct volcano, other half being in Southern California. They are beautiful, and are the nesting place of the nearly extinct but now thriving California Condors. Wonderful hikes through the hills with beautiful vistas throughout. You can walk to and through caves, and rock canyons. Wonderul. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:29:37 EST Hi from Louisiana! Greetings to one and all. New SparkPeople member here. I'm looking forward to using this site to make changes to my lifestyle, mainly more physical activity and less bad food choices. And maybe make some new friends along the way! <BR> <BR> Brenda Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:54:04 EST Beautiful Idaho Panhandle Hello Everyone! I am excited to find this team page. I am a new member and a key motivator for me is to be able to increase my walking/hiking so that when I retire (7 years or so) I will be able to travel the national parks in my Roadtrek and hike up to 10 miles. <BR> <BR> Here's the thing: I've been an avid hiker/backpacker in the past but a baby and osteoarthritis has cramped my style--weight gain and hip replacement--and am hurting at the 4.5 mile mark. I KNOW that if I lose 30 lbs. I am ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 13:02:59 EST Hi, I'm from BC, Canada! Hi, everyone! Great to be among fellow hikers. Just like on the trails, Sparkhikers - and let's just say most hikers - are just so friendly and outgoing, in a kind of laid back way. Others, the few who do not greet you on the trail, are far away in peaceful thought. I just love it! The mountains are my home, and I like nothing more than to wander in the woods with my dog and great company. I love everything about the great outdoors, the softness of the forest floor as you tread on it with nic... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 03:35:53 EST Hello from Northeast Ohio My name is Shari and I live in Northeast Ohio. I just found this team today. I love hiking especially this time of year. I caught the hiking bug last year when I participated in the local Fall Hiking Spree. Now my husband and I hike whenever we can. And Northeast Ohio with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has so many hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult. Look forward to chatting with others who love hiking. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:29:40 EST Thank You Jan and I want to thank all of our hiking and dog lover Sparkfriends for their congratulatory comments on our marriage. Thanks to Victoria "HikeToHeights" for announcing it on Sparks. Jan and I met through her Sparkpage, started a long distant relationship, and after several months, we finally met. Then guess what.......we married shortly after. Being fitness minded, we love what our future holds. Thanks again Victoria and all the rest of our Sparkfriends. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:46:36 EST Hi I was from Cape Cod MASS but moved to CA Hi, <BR> <BR> I moved to CA and looking to do some hiking with my niece. CA is really beautiful and I am so excited about the new places to hike. Looking forward to meeting other people that hike in CA but can enjoy the experience alone as well. Nothing better then being out in nature! <BR> <BR> Hope to be more active on this site now that I am done with my classes! <BR> <BR> So much to do, so little time! :) Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:19:05 EST New from pa I just joined the team and thought hiking might be fun. I live close to a state park with some hiking trails and checked out the trail dames site. I just wish a chapter was close to me, closest one 4 hours away. I am from the pittsburgh area. Who knows maybe a chapter will open up closer to me. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 14:59:40 EST Hey everyone ....from MN Just wanted to introduce myself.... I'm from Minnesota and I just re-started sp in an effort to get fit and healthy so I can, among other things, hike the Colorado Trail in a few years! Looking forward to seeing some results....hopefully! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:08:48 EST Hello From Phoenix, AZ Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I LOVE to hike! I started out on North Mountain as a way to add some variety to my physical activities, and I've done Camelback (one of the toughest mountains in the greater phoenix area) too. It was super challenging and I'd love to be able to do more of it! Right now I'm mostly doing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve - which has a wide variety of trails. <BR> <BR> I'd like to go hiking in a variety of places, though - both in Arizona a... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 23:18:15 EST Hi Everyone Hey all i am new to the team and thought i would share 10 things about me to break the ice. <BR> <BR> 1. I live in the UK <BR> 2. I am scared of flying (have flown in the past, not a great experience) <BR> 3. I have a pet miniature Jack Russel. <BR> 4. My favorite film is Despicable ME <BR> 5. I cant stand Cherry's Or Kidney Beans. <BR> 6. I suffer from OCD and i am world class procrastinator. <BR> 7. I once kicked a ball through a basketball hoop from the other end of the court (never been ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:52:41 EST Has anyone been hiking in Australia? My husband and I are thinking - since we've been back from our vacation for a month now - that our next big trip should be to Australia. I went online to start studying this and saw there are various hiking trips recommended. Would love to hear from anyone who has actually experienced any of these. <BR> <BR> thanks- Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:21:14 EST New from MA Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and really love to hike. I'm not the most experienced hiker, I've only gone on day excursions, but I'd love to start to get more into advanced hiking. Excited to be apart of the team! Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:51:36 EST From NC and I love to hike Hi everyone, ' <BR> <BR> My name is Katie. I been with SP for about 2 weeks. So I am really new at my weight loss journey. I am very excited to see that there is a group for hikers. My husband and I love hiking and exploring nature when ever we have quality time together. I hope to chat with you guys soon. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:17:36 EST Hello from Melbourne, Australia Hi everyone, I'm Jenny. <BR> <BR> I have always loved hiking but have not done any for over a decade. I have a dream hike that I'd like to do for my 50th - I've wanted to do this hike since I first found out about it 20 years ago. Now, a 4-year target (I'm 46) and a horror of a year health-wise has renewed my motivation to focus on it as a clear and committed goal - which includes all the little goals I need to complete to get to the Big One. <BR> <BR> So joining this team for inspiration ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 21:24:26 EST Hello from Dallas/Fort Worth... New to the group, and just wanted to see who was out there. Just recently started SP, and am enjoying it so far. Looking to hopefully meet some new people and have some good times. <BR> <BR> Wes Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:15:56 EST Need help releive tightness I've been struggling with a few health issues lately. Unfortunately, this has impacted my ability to stay active. <BR> <BR> Recently, I've resumed walking and hiking! Yippee!!! But I noticed that even on a short walk, I find the small of my back tightening up. I don't think I've too much too soon, but I suppose it's possible!?!?! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anybody knows <BR> <BR> A) What could cause this, and <BR> B) How to prevent this issue from happening in the future? <BR> <BR> Tha... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:01:17 EST I like to hike I'm Pat in NC. I'm fortunate to live near a park along a river with a terrific trail system. Hiking gives me a total workout using my trekking poles. I like the elevation challenges, the balance required, the coordination it develops, and the soul-feeding I get from being outside. I'm happy to have found a team for this activity and look forward to hearing from other folks. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:37:44 EST My Hardest Hike yet We went completely overboard this time. But the views are absolutely indescribable. A group of us hiked to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. It was my first time in this wilderness. It was truly amazing. One of the greatest days of my life. Check out the trip report. <BR><BR>1333815 Sun, 25 Sep 2011 01:52:58 EST From Montana I love to hike! Especially in the winter -- actually snowshoe. Just to get out and get some fresh air! Sat, 24 Sep 2011 15:07:34 EST Hello from Georgia I live in the foothills of the Appalachians, so the hiking is great here! We are members of the Canyon Climbers of the Georgia State Parks, and are currently working on getting all those trails hiked so we can get the tee shirt saying we did it!! We have also hiked trails in many national parks including Yellowstone, Sequoia, Grand Tetons, Yosemite, Zion, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, and look forward to doing them again if travels permit. But our favorites are Great Smo... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:09:15 EST Hi from Massachusetts :) Hi! I just joined this team but have been on sp for a little over a month. My name is Angie and I'm from central Massachusetts. After years of being inactive I'm getting back into the swing of things. I have a new found love for hiking. Looking forward to being part of the team. Have a great day everyone! :) Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:07:14 EST Trekking Poles and Lightening Saturday I went hiking in the mountains nearby. There were some gray clouds, but there have been when setting out on other hikes and it has ended up being nearly cloudless. Today was not one of those times. About 40 minutes into my hike I heard the sound of distant thunder. I noted that there were more gray clouds and kept hiking. The thunder started getting louder, but I still saw no lightening, but I began to wonder about the wisdom about carrying metal poles in my hand during an electrical... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 03:28:43 EST Foot Pain and New Boots Yesterday I went for my ambitious hike in this new age of fitness (I used to hike quite a bit 20+ years ago), 5.8 miles, 2700 feet elevation gain in just under 6.5 hours. It was my second hike with my new hiking boots. My previous big hike this season was more like 5 hours and 1830 feet of elevation with the old pair of boots (which I replaced when I discovered that I could feel stones on the balls of my feet). <BR> <BR> Within the first half mile after beginning the descent I began experien... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 20:55:03 EST New to this team Hello! I am a Hoosier who loves being in the outdoors but let several health issues keep me always inside over the past 10 years. I've been on SP since mid-May and have as a goal to be able to hike with my family. We don't travel much, but we do have a lot of great State Parks we like to visit. I'm tired of waiting in the car with a book while the rest of the family hikes and enjoys views, encounters with wild animals, and learning about local plants I can't from the car. Especially sinc... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:39:03 EST Texas Davis Mountains - Come hike with us 5 Event Choices over the 3 day weekend starting on Friday Oct 7. <BR> <BR> Friday is at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center (12-1pm start) <BR> <BR> Sat. is Davis Mountains State Park (8:00am - 12:00 start) and/or Fort Davis National Historic Site (8:00am - 12:00 start). <BR> <BR> Sun is Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (7:30am - 8:30am start). <BR> <BR> Come hike one or all with us. Membership is not required. You must carry water. Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended. <BR> <BR> Clic... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:38:21 EST TEAM TURTLE in MOBILE, ALABAMA I am soooooooooo ahppy to have found this team!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am a "GET ME OUTSIDE, EVERYDAY I'M SHUFFLIN'" walking crazy man!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Since Sunday I've logged 22.5 miles on my feet. 12 yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have an addictive personality. I was doing everything horrible to myself as a result. <BR> <BR> 2011, The year of "WEEDING MY GARDEN," has been a 180 for me! <BR> <BR> Quit crappy friends, gambling, drugs (pharma and non pharma) smoking and 45 days ago took my last s... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:11:17 EST Hello There :) My name is Chantal - My goal is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I want to be regularly involved with outdoor activities and with the gym, I want to model active and healthy habits for my son. My plan for getting in shape includes not only hitting the gym and eating healthy, but participating in activities I enjoy alone and with my family. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:06:57 EST Nepal bound! Hello all, <BR> My name is Emily, I'm 25, and live in Tennessee. My husband and I love to be outdoors and try to complete a day hike at least once or twice a month. We have lots of good trails here in the Nashville area, and actually, we've just started section hiking the AT. We have big plans in store for next year...we're going trekking in Nepal! I'm so excited, but know that I have to lose weight and get serious about my cardio routine/leg exercises if I'm ever going to make it. I'm also r... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:50:41 EST Longest, Hardest Hike to date . This past Saturday I attempted my first 14er. My daughter went with me to hike up Mt. Yale outside of Buena Vista Colorado. This trip really put some things into perspective for me! We were absolutelly the slowest people on the trail and let me tell ya, 9 hours is a whole lotta hiking!!! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on the best way to increase pace? One thing for certain I've got to get a little quicker before I try one of these again. <BR> <BR> If anyones interested I have pictur... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:31:36 EST Day-hikes in Western PA My hubby and I have a week-long vacation coming up to celebrate our anniversary week. I'm trying to plan some day-hikes in Western PA/Eastern OH/Northern WV area. Any suggestions? Wed, 17 Aug 2011 06:38:25 EST Back on the trails Hi, I'm Jenny. Last month while on vacation, we took a fun, little hike with the kids. It was just about a half mile or so up to a water fall. The kids love playing in the icy water. We were close to the end when I slipped on some gravel and broke my leg. I finished the hike with a little help from my husband and went for x-rays. That was a month ago so I'll be getting my boot off soon. I'm counting down the days when I'll be back on the trails! Thu, 4 Aug 2011 23:06:09 EST Muscle soreness after hikes I am just getting back into hiking and I do pretty well on a 3-4 hr hike, a bit sore but okay. Last sunday did a 8 hour hike and everything hurt after!! I swam easy after I got home and was pretty good the next day. I have been doing baby hikes for about an hour to stay in shape for our next 3-4 hour hike tomorrow but I am wondering, do most people here rest when still a bit sore, or push through the pain and go again?? <BR> <BR> My back was hurting today during my short hike and I came home... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 18:51:38 EST Howdy from Texas! Hey Guys and Gals! <BR> <BR> New to SP and I'm interested in hiking and nature. Anybody recommend some good trails to hike on? I'd be looking for some easy trails for my wife and myself. Chance to see some wildlife is always a plus. Probably need to start w/ something easy <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> TXhunter781 Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:16:41 EST Happy Hiker In WPA I'm from Western PA and always in search of a new spot to hike. Was out this morning and twisted my ankle, so now I'm resting and digging into SP for some motivation for the days to come. Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:37:49 EST Monument Valley I was wondering if anyone has been to Monument Valley? From Monument Valley, we'd go to Mexican Hat & Natural Bridges. We're talking about going next week and I'm looking for some suggestions on camping & hiking in this area. <BR> Thanks in advance in case I'm not able to reply back! <em>30</em> <em>295</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:52:57 EST Forefoot pain when hiking I have developed forefoot pain in my left foot which bothers me most on descents when hiking in the local mountains. It is really bothersome and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories don't seem to make any difference in the pain or recovery. Has anybody dealt with a similar issue and if so, what did you do about it? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> John Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:46:29 EST Hi from Ohio! Hi! I'm new to the team, but looking forward to getting to know you (and hearing about your hiking and fitness adventures)! My husband and I traveled to Yosemite in April for a week and we try to get out around Columbus, Ohio and hike our metro parks whenever weather permits. I have three girls (ages 9, and 7 year old twins) and we love taking them out with us. <BR> <BR> Amy <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:21:43 EST Hi from Oregon I've been a Spark person for a couple of years, but haven't been super faithful about it. I am going to be better about it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have a hiking buddy. We go on a hike a week during the summer. I don't do much hiking during the school year because my husband (do you guys use DH on here?) can't do much hiking. <BR> <BR> Catz Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:02:25 EST mileage data integrity What's the point <BR> <BR> no worries, thought this was a TEAM thing <BR> i'll just leave the team Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:09:48 EST New to the Adventure Hi everyone, <BR> I’m a twentyish year old looking to get healthy and live a super active lifestyle. I am starting out at about 220 pounds and ultimately want to get down to about 150. More importantly I want to turn my life into an adventure. I want off of the couch and into the world. <BR> <BR> I have always loved the outdoors and I would really like to get involved in outdoorsy things. When I was younger I dreamed of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in a single summer. I would love t... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 13:42:06 EST Hi from London Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Laura, I'm 29 and live in London. I'm from Scotland, where I used to do lots of hiking. When I moved here, I stopped moving and the weight crept on. It's a little flat here in south-east England, but I'll do my best! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 06:00:32 EST Hi from Colorado Hello fellow hikers, <BR> <BR> I have been hiking and biking in Jefferson County and the surrounding mountains for the last 15 years and just love it. When I was younger I use to climb the 14ers but now I am perfectly content with any hike with a good view. My husband and son also love to hike. However, my daughter (age 14) absolutely despises it. Any ideas on how to make it more enjoyable for her. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:47:54 EST Hiking with a purpose Been on Sparkpeople for a few years, but some changes are due. So here I am. When it cools off in AZ I will get back outdoors. But when its around 115° stay indoors. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:22:55 EST Hi - love to hike I'm new to the team but not new to SP. Been here for over four years and absolutely love the site. <BR> <BR> I live in Southern Los Angeles County, about 15 driving minutes northwest of Disneyland. German native, living in CA since 1987. There are no hiking fans among my family, friends, or acquaintances. <BR> <BR> Also looking for ideas on hiking locations. Walking those city streets is just dreadful! <BR> <BR> My dream is to someday hike part of the Appalachian Trail... <BR> Looking fo... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:57:51 EST SP Calorie Burn Estimates for Hiking vs Body Bugg I have a Body Bugg and forgot to check the time and calorie burn when I got done with today's hike. While stopping on the way home to get milk, I did some mental arithmetic on my then calorie burn of 3 calories a minute, calculated probable time elapsed since coming off the mountain and deducted that off my reading. <BR> <BR> Upon getting home, I uploaded the data for my fitness monitor to see where the calorie burn dropped off (I had it pegged to a 5 minute time frame and reality had it as ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:34:30 EST Hi Y'all Hello from Georgia! <BR> <BR> I have been on spark people for a couple months now but this is my first post. Outdoor activities are my favorite form of exercise and hiking is my favorite. Georgia has tons of places to hike. My husband and I take turns choosing where we go next. We are going to Alaska for a week long camping/hiking trip still between the Seward area and Denali. If anyone has any advice, I am all ears! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:44:29 EST Looking for hiking buddies in the No. OC area Hi all, I'm new to the team as of last week. Was hoping to find some hiking buddies in my area that would like to go on short day hikes of about 1-4 hours. Would love to build stamina for longer hikes as well. I live in the North Orange County area. Anyone close? Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:52:44 EST New trophies & points with SparkPeople and very motivating too! They've changed the way you'll be getting your trophies and give you an extra spin on the wheel after you've earned 25 points for the day! Check out your trophy room and see what you think. <BR> <BR> In case you missed SparkPeople's blog, here's the link <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:07:28 EST Hello, I'm new here Hello team!! <BR> I've been hiking since I was in my early 20s and will be 40 this year. I'm so glad I found this team!! I've always struggled with my weight and I am now looking to lose 45-50 pounds. I've been with SP for less than 3 weeks and I've lost 3 pounds! That's really good for me! Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:39:52 EST New to Team Hi everyone! My name is Satria and I am new to this team and SparkPeople. I have already lost 15 of 130 pounds, but I plateaued last month. My husband bought me The Spark book and that lead me here. I can't wait to get to know you! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:41:57 EST West Highland Way 3 Day Attempt Made a 3 day attempt at the 96 Mile West Highland Way last week. <BR> <BR> Here is the trip report. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>06/06/west-highland-way-3-day-attempt/ </link> <BR> <BR> Cheers for looking Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:48:38 EST Rails to Trails I walked one of these today. It's called the Rock Island trail, it is a currently a 26 mile stretch and it's a an old railroad track that has been paved. I don't know if these are common or not. <BR> <BR> I really didn't enjoy it all that much. I finally put my finger on it, the first 500 feet that I walked looked the same as the last 500 feet. It is a good path bike, run, and walk, but not for hiking. Does that make me a trail snob already??? <BR> <BR> I did work on my walking medi... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 00:21:10 EST Hello from Illinois I am at the start of my hiking hobby. 25 years ago we called it marching in the Army, and we carried a lot more than I plan on doing now. <BR> <BR> I plan on hitting the easier park trails in the area. My daughter and I accidently found some while we were geocaching, another new hobby. <BR> <BR> Matt <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 11:53:28 EST Happy Hiker in San Diego Not hiking as much as I'd like these days but its definitely one of my favorite forms of exercise. I lived in Colorado and Utah for a couple of years each, living in the Salt Lake valley made for some excellent trips. I miss having so many national parks nearby! Sun, 29 May 2011 22:59:22 EST Hi there! Hello! My name is Amanda. I'm from Kentucky, a place full of exciting outdoor activities (newly introduced to the Red River Gorge area, a zipline tour that I'm hoping to take advantage of at the end of this summer). <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Tue, 17 May 2011 20:09:24 EST Hi from Spain! Was looking around for a new team to join and found this one, and really feel I belong here. Spending a lot of time out doors in the mountains surrounding us. Mon, 16 May 2011 16:00:42 EST Angels Landing - Zion NP I am planning a trip soon, and am itnerested in any btea (where to stay, time of day to avoid the push, etc). any thoughts? Wed, 11 May 2011 13:39:43 EST Hiking Suggestions Eastern Washington? I'm going to be in Newport, WA for a couple of weeks and will probably have time to do a few day hikes. Anyone have any trail suggestions? Thanks! Mon, 9 May 2011 14:16:42 EST New Kid Here One of my goals is to be more active outdoors by walking, hiking, and enjoying nature. Nice to "meet" you all! <BR> <em>87</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 11:03:47 EST March for Babies Not a traditional HIKE per se, but I am participating in the March for Babies walk in Las Vegas this week. The reason I am so excited is that a year ago I couldn't even fathom this kind of distance (its hard to walk 30 feet when you are 370+ pounds), but am excited to take on this URBAN HIKE this weekend with my co workers. <BR> <BR> I will post pics on my SparkPage Saturday. Thu, 5 May 2011 12:58:28 EST Hiker/Walker from Worcestershire, England Hi there - I love to hike/walk around the forests, woods, countryside around Worcestershire, England. Glad to have found this team. <BR> <BR> <em>285</em> <em>345</em> <em>437</em> <em>67</em> <em>125</em> <em>88</em> <em>434</em> Mon, 2 May 2011 11:05:05 EST Hiker from Wisconsin Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've recently picked up hiking. I was at Mt Rainier last October and absolutely loved it out there. That was when I decided hiking was for me. :) There's really not a whole lot of places around where I live (unfortunately) to hike, but I have now planned a yearly trip to the Seattle area to do some hiking with a friend for a week (at least until I get to move there). <BR> Anyhoo, I've got some extensive weight loss goals and prefer to do something I love to meet them... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:03:03 EST Urban Hiking This thought came to me reading the "What's your local hiking area?" thread. The posts seem to zig-zag between those of us who live in spectacular, varied landscape, and those of us who are, uh, "feature-challenged" in our local area and have to drive a lot to see landscape with any variety to it. <BR> <BR> That said, people are spending, in general, a lot less time outdoors and a lot of wildlife and flora have returned to the cities. Thank god for rivers, is all I can say... <BR> <BR> He... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:42:22 EST Hiking Vegas Hello from Las Vegas. James here, really, really, really enjoy hiking. I love the outdoors in general, but nothing beats being on the trail early in the morning. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:57:51 EST Hello from Southern California Hello there, <BR> Great to find this group- I love hiking so much, and happy to find kindred spirits here. <BR> <BR> BTW, I've been to that location from this group's picture... Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. My dad used to take us kids and his friends' families on weeklong backpacking trips down into the Grand Canyon when I was young. The waterfall there was great, it had calcium-deposits which made travertine pools at the base of the falls. Lots of great memories from there!! <BR>... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:42:12 EST Define "Experienced" Last week my fiancé and I went on a hike at Carter Caves state park (Eastern KY). We did the 4Cs trail (cross-country), and at the trailhead, were greeted by a sign saying, "we recommend this trail for experienced hikers." It went on to describe the hilly, rocky terrain we'd encounter, and this was almost enough to deter me personally from trying. <BR> <BR> We managed to finish the trail in the suggested six hours with time for breaks. I'll admit, the trail kicked my butt at parts. They were... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:32:16 EST Hi from Pennsylvania I love to hike but don't do it as much as I would like. I try to talk my children into going with it but as they get older they are not as interested. I am glad I found this team. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:26:51 EST PCT hike this Sunday Going for a day hike on the PCT on Sunday afternoon. We will be leaving from the trailhead in Whitewater off the 10 freeway in SoCal and will be hiking south about 3 miles or so and then heading back. We are meeting in Banning at 1:30pm, so anyone interested in joining us, please reply here or msg me directly. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:52:45 EST Hello From Colorado Hello all. <BR> I live in Loveland Colorado and just picked up Colorado Hiking last summer. I used to live in Texas and hiked a lot but moved to Colorado and became a skiing and fell in love with hiking. I plan on hiking four 14ers this summer. <BR> Look forward to getting to know all. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 16:50:13 EST Where has THIS team been hiding?!? Hi - just now joining this team. I love that Spark has so many special interest groups! I will look forward to hearing about your hiking adventures and advice. <BR> <BR> I live in Iowa and try to go hiking (or tromping as I like to call it) whenever I can, but my partner is a golfer and is not very good company for this. He tries but his heart isn't in it! I'm at a time in my life where I need to branch out and find others with my same interests.... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 13:24:11 EST Seeking Forested Hike in Southern California -Help I will be in Oceanside for 10 days this summer and want to get two hikes in. I will bring my 2 nieces, my sister and my 8 year old son, so I'm looking for hikes that are 3 to 4 miles, concidered moderate......BUT, I don't want hot praires. I'm looking for forest, rivers, creeks and such.... more for the scenery. A view at the end would be an award, but the journey is important. THANKS <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm open to San Diego or LA county.... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:26:29 EST 38 Years Northern Calif and 6 years now Colorado I always loved camping and outdoor exploring, so it was natural when I fell in love with Hiking. This is my exercise of choice. It is more than just burning calories.... it is a stress reliever and taking even a small hike makes me feel refreshed and like I got out town. <BR> <BR> Hiking however, does kick my A** in a way that turns me on. My hikes in Colorado are awesome. I've made a lot of process in my fittness ability and inspire to take longer and more elevation increased hikes. I ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:11:28 EST Live in the NYC area? Can you help me find my dog? Hello, everyone. I know this is a long-shot, but I thought I'd post here in case anyone lives in the NYC/ Hudson Valley area and is available to help me search for my dog this weekend. I lost my dog Janie hiking last weekend in Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo, NY (Rockland/ Orange Co border). Janie is a 4 yo female golden retriever mix, about 50 lbs. She is newly adopted and terrified of strangers. Her leash slipped out of my hand while we were hiking. When I went to grab it, she p... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:26:28 EST Hello from New Jersey! Hello all! My name is Jackie. I am 26 from The Jersey Shore. I have spent alot of my life out camping and canoeing. This year I am aiming toward hiking. My neice and I are preparing ourselves for a 50 mile overnight hike in September. Any suggestions would be much apriciated. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:02:02 EST Going camping in Joshua Tree next weekend My family and I are going camping at Joshua Tree from 3/25 to 3/27. We have some other friends coming so I wanted to toss this out to you all. Anyone up for some camping and hiking? If so, message me and we can go over the details. See ya there. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:22:17 EST Great Hike in the Snow today Had a great hike today. Check out the trip report with pics: <BR> <link><BR>5410 </link> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:17:49 EST Hi from Orange County Hi. I am Val from Orange County. I found this group and had to join. I love hiking. I am lucky to live in a place with a lot of great trails. I try to go for at least a short hike each weekend and as I am getting more in shape I am looking forward to starting some day hikes. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 22:11:58 EST :) Hi there! I'm glad to have found this team! My family moved to Southern California 9 months ago from Michigan and I am loving being able to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months. I have found a new love.....hiking. Okay, I'm not sure it's really "hiking" here is my question..... <BR> <BR> ....What is the difference between hiking and "walking". From what I've found hiking is when you carry gear (does a water bottle count ;) ? To me, walking on these trails is far more challenging that... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 09:22:05 EST