by Diane Spicer
Hiking questions are just one part of the sometimes steep learning curve all beginner hikers face.
And you should never be afraid to ask them.
As a former professional educator in university classrooms, I always told my students:
“There’s no such thing as a dumb question.”
But in reality, there is, at least for hikers.
What is a dumb hiking question?
Let’s be clear.
A dumb question is one you never ask.
- Because it leaves you feeling dumb, or at least feeling inadequate
about your knowledge base.
You’ll never get the best hiking tips unless
you ask an experienced hiker.
And you know what curiosity did to the cat, right? (Poor little kitty)
Another reason to ask
your hiking questions
Need another reason to pipe up and ask your questions about hiking gear, route planning, and other trail concerns?
Because every question about hiking has an answer.
- But if you don’t ask, you’ll never know it.
- And on a hiking trail, what you know will keep you safe and comfortable.
What you don’t know can come back to haunt you on a hiking trail.
So don’t leave holes in your hiking skill set by keeping your questions to yourself.
Why send your hiking questions
to Hiking For Her?
I don’t pretend to know the answer to
every question a hiker might ask me.
[Not that I wouldn’t like to be in
that sweet position! But hey, I’m human.]
In reality, I do have five decades
of trail time under my boots, on varied terrain in multiple countries, in all seasons and weather conditions.
might be able to answer your question.
And there’s also my training as a scientist to fall back upon.
If I don’t know the answer myself, I’m pretty sure I know how to go about locating an answer.
- And I’m more than willing to share my sources with you.
Your first option: Send your question
using this form
Ask your question as a service to our hiking community.
If you’re wondering, others are, too.
Hiking For Her will answer your question free of charge, so everyone can see the answer and be able to chime in with their own ideas and suggestions.
Group think, focused like a laser on your hiking question.
Win-win-win, don’t you think?
Ask Your Hiking Question Here!
Ask anything you’re wondering about hiking, and receive a detailed answer from Hiking For Her. Plus, other hikers can chime in with their own suggestions!
Answers To Your Question
Click below to see Hiking For Her’s answer, as well as ideas and suggestions from other hikers…
Second option for
getting your hiking questions answered
Send in your questions for a private answer from Hiking For Her.
I’ll be posting some of the questions I’ve received, along with my answers, anonymously in the hiking question archives
- You can ask me a question about my answers, or ask a completely different question.
- And you can add to my answer, so we can build a complete knowledge base.
No tidbit about hiking is too trivial or unimportant to ask about. If you’re wondering, chances are other hikers are wondering, too.
And I’m not shy about admitting when I’m stumped.
So I may have to “put you on hold” virtually while I go in search of an answer to your question.
- Actually, I kind of like it when I don’t know the answer. That means I get to learn something new, right along with you 🙂
Use the convenient form at the bottom of the page to ask your question.
And then watch your in box for an answer.
And who knows? Your question might end up on this website, or in my free monthly newsletter, for other hikers to learn from.
You remain anonymous, or not, according to your preference.
Remember, I always welcome rebuttals or additional information to supplement my answers.
Nothing like pooling our resources, right?
Here’s a sample of what to expect
Here’s a great hiking question to get us started, from Megan:
“I am beginning to hike on Sundays only until summer, where I will go
more often, so I can’t be in pain. I first went last Sunday and my
thighs are SO sore and have a burning pain when walking up and down
stairs in work. Do you have any suggestions to help lessen the pain
And the HFH answer is…
1. Stretch before you hike. I have a web page on this, with ideas for how to
stretch your thigh muscles.
2. Drink lots of water during and after your hike.
3. Stretch at the end of your hike. Use the same stretches as for #1.
4. Go for daily walks, even 20 minutes is long enough. This will
get your thighs used to the idea of walking for many minutes at a time.
5. Stop using elevators and escalators; walk up the stairs every chance you get!
6. Soak in a warm bathtub filled with Epsom salts. See my web page on anti-inflammatory actions for more ideas.
7. You might consider if your back pack was too heavy, and if your foot wear supported your feet enough.
8. Do you use hiking poles or walking sticks? Using them will take some of the load off your legs.
9. Consider getting a professional Swedish or deep tissue
massage. This moves the toxins out of your muscles faster – it’s lactic
acid and other metabolic by product which are making you miserable!
10. You might have to modify your diet if you’re going to work up
to really long hikes – more proteins (lean meat or fish) and lots of
vegetables. This will help you repair faster from your training hikes,
and you won’t be as sore. Here are tips on what hikers eat.”
Like what you see?
Now you have an idea of how detailed my response might be when you ask me a question.
And you’re welcome to email again with follow up questions.
Something you should know:
- If you don’t immediately receive a reply that lets you know that I received your question, something went wrong.
- Please re-send using a different email address, or check your spam settings.
Why is answering my hiking questions
free of charge?
Many people ask me why I do this (for free).
Experienced hikers were generous with their advice and answers when I was just starting out.
Now it’s my turn to pay it forward.
So … what are you waiting for?
Contact me with your hiking question!
You might also like to explore the Hiking Questions Archive
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