Reasons to Hike

Reasons to Hike

  1. You can eat all you want and still lose weight.
  2. Your boss doesn't come with you.
  3. You can honestly say, "No I didn't get your message - there was no cell phone reception on the Harkerville."
  4. It gives you a good excuse to sleep for 10 hours straight: You're exhausted, and besides, it's dark out there.
  5. Nobody will try to sell you insurance.
  6. Everything tastes better after you've walked 10 miles.
  7. You can actually find something to DO with that Swiss army knife with the scissors, nail file, sawing blade, and power screwdriver. (What d'ya mean, yours doesn't have a power screwdriver?)
  8. Nobody will think you're dressed stupid, even if you wear shorts over your long underwear.
  9. You can spend all kinds of money on bright-colored technical gear while telling yourself you really need this stuff: I mean, we're talking survival here.
  10. Backcountry cappuccino machine? Titanium tent stakes? This year, when your relatives ask what you want for Christmas, you'll have a list to give them.
  11. You will remember what air smells like when it doesn't come packages with exhaust fumes.
  12. You will remember what silence sounds like.
  13. And birds.
  14. You will feel a sense of real satisfaction when you realise that you can live without hot showers, running water, a soft bed, and with so little stuff that you can carry it around on your back.

The above was compiled by Karen Burger.

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