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5/7/08 3:41 P

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Thanks everyone, your comments included great idea that I haven't thought of which have been helpful in figuring out what to do for "hiking during heatwave" this coming summer.

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5/7/08 10:47 A

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I've done a lot of rock hopping, water crossings and the like. We used to do cross country "directional" hikes where you pick a direction (south by south east) and stick to it no matter what you come across...including water.

One of our local hikes that I've done more times then I can count over the last 40 years involves 7 water crossings (which means you actually use the water as a trail for some of the way) and about a mile of rock hopping.

I've also done a fair amount of water hiking and river crossings with ropes during spring trips. All good fun. None with a special name. Like our game of directional compass hikes, that doesn't have a name, but it surely is fun.

I googled "water hike", but didn't find anything. It doesn't surprise me if someone comes up with something new, like parkour.

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5/7/08 9:41 A

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You might try canyoneering, which sounds like a "water hike", but you start from the top of the canyon and travel down it. When I did it (with an experienced guide) it was a bit technical (involving ropes and rappels) and really fun, but we were in wet suits and had special waterproof packs too. I think you could find a variety that is less technical to start this, otherwise I'd suggest finding a guide. Weather could become an issue, so be careful!

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5/7/08 7:33 A

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Well I've did it, but never knew there was any kind of terminology for it.

I've hiked creekbeds before in the process of flyfishing. But I've also done what I guess you would say were "water" hikes when I was in high school with my buddies. Actually did a two mile through Abrams Creek, which don't let the "creek" part full you. It's a river. We were in waste deep water most of the time.

Then I did some "water" hikes in the U.S. Army. I was a Ranger and we jumped into Okeefenokee Swamp (sorry if I misspelled that) and waded through waste deep swamp water. Did the same thing a few times in Florida and also a river in New Mexico.

They are fun. Great fun, just as long as you realize you're going to get wet and are prepared for that. But its usually better to do these things in the summer when its hot. If you get too early in the mountains, the creeks and streams will still be cold. Also, you have to be careful about sudden pools that can be deep.

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LUV2HIKE1 Posts: 4
5/7/08 1:41 A

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never tried it! but the water hike & water stomp sound like something new to try! thanks! for the info.

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5/7/08 12:31 A

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A hike that has a large part of it through shallow water, often though some type of shallow canyon or something along those lines. Not sure if its the same thing as "creek stomping" another term that I've heard tossed around but had trouble tracking down a clear definition of.

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LUV2HIKE1 Posts: 4
5/6/08 11:47 P

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What is a water hike?

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5/6/08 11:05 P

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Has anyone ever gone on a water hike before? I've just heard about them the other day and I was wondering what others thought about them.

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