March 2022: A Note From Diane
Why march along a hiking trail when you can dance?
Obviously, someone here is experiencing Spring Fever (and may have had an extra cup of green tea this morning).
But no matter, the season is turning and with it, Mother Nature’s tempo is increasing. So this month there are tips on how to dance down the trail during the warmer months in our future.
(My apologies to those in the Southern hemisphere, where your Mother’s tempo is slowing down.)
This month, we’re talking maps, apps, inspiring older female hikers, a new giveaway, hiking research focused on trekking poles, and a lot more to get you dancing down the trail.
Shall we step onto the dance floor together? (Seriously, the caffeine consumption will be closely monitored going forward).
I’ve been having a LOT of fun with this new feature from the U.S. Geological Survey: custom topographical maps.
Check it out here:
FROM MAPS TO APPS
If you’re keen to hike The Wave in Arizona, heads up!
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) used to run a lottery, or issue daily permits at the visitor center, both of which require a combination of luck and persistence.
This new app makes life a lot easier for hikers:
GREAT WAY TO MEET HIKERS
If you’re searching for a way to meet hikers, and haven’t had much luck, here’s an idea.
Pick a place to offer your time and attention AND give back to our outdoor spaces while volunteering with other hikers!
Here’s the 2022 list from American Hiking Organization (which can also be used to fill up your bucket list):
NEW HFH GIVEAWAY
You can’t dance down the trail without great socks.
This month is your chance to win a pair from Blis-Sox, along with other foot care products.
Deadline for entering this giveaway is March 31, 2022.
TREKKING POLE RESEARCH
Are Trekking Poles Helping Or Hindering Your Hiking Experience? A Review is the title of a research article that should grab your attention.
I won’t give away the punchline, but it’s an important one. You can read it for yourself right here:
NOTE: You do have to accept cookies from the Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Journal in order to read this free article.
A WIN FOR FEDERAL TRAILS
Feast your eyes on this list of funding that will benefit hikers in the U.S. in the coming years.
Then join me in a little happy dance!
NEW HFH RESOURCES FOR YOU
Here are this month’s articles to help you dance down the trail, on day hikes or something a bit longer.
The first one focuses on lightening up your load a bit:
Self care is so important, although many hikers seem to march along and ignore all of the opportunities to prevent problems before they start.
Case in point: Good eye care.
This article outlines why the right pair of hiking sunglasses matters and helps you figure out which lens color is right for you
If you’re looking for a new pair of trail footwear, and are not sure about shoes versus boots, take a look at my KEEN review.
In my trail experience, this brand has always been about providing out-of-the-box comfort and stable footing.
And here’s one that will slow you down a bit as you dance along the trail, but for a worthy cause: bringing a deeper dimension to your hikes.
MEET MY INSPIRATION
As an older female hiker, I look for mentors who show me how hiking can remain part of normal life regardless of an aging body.
Meet 96 year old Bronka Sundstorm. She’s at the top of my hiking mentor list!
With apologies to the Fastest Known Time (FKT) folks, here’s her philosophy:
“The one who goes slower will make it farther.”
Marching along, waiting to dance
The first 3 months of 2022 have seemed like a bit of slog, at least for me.
Wacky weird world events, weather, and all of the rest of it can whisper “Wait for better days”.
But consider this.
Hikers are resilient, resourceful and the very opposite of wacky or weird (my bias is on full display, no apologies).
So dance where you find yourself, right now, in whatever way you can.
Are you with me on this? Your messages are always welcome in my inbox.
A photo of you dancing down the trail? Even better!!
Happy Dance Trails,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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