Walking and why it appeals to any age
HIKING, BUSHWALKING, trekking, tramping and rambling. Five universally recognised terms that all describe the favourite activity of AG Outdoor readers: walking.
Whether it is a short hike with very young kids , a day walk, an overnighter or longer journey, walking is still the best way to really experience the planet. I know more than a few people who have taken extended leave and headed off into the great unknown to tackle a multi-week (even months!) walk that has seen them come back far richer for the experience than any amount of money could buy. By walking you are instantly and fully connected to your immediate environs… and its people.
Few things break down barriers more easily than the sight of a backpack-carrying hiker ambling into a remote town or village. Invariably, the local residents are curious, and also very happy to see you. For one, they are no doubt seriously chuffed that you’ve chosen their region as a place to explore, and two, your arrival also gives them a chance to learn more about your own background, as it does in reverse for you as you explore a new world.
One of the main appeals of walking is it is just so simple to do. I am a paddler and cyclist as well as a serious walker, and it is always with some relief that I know that, when setting off on a multiday adventure – or even for a few hours with the kids – there seems to be a lot less ‘stuff’ that needs to be sorted beforehand. I really enjoy slipping on my trusty hiking boots and then just grabbing my pack and heading off. There’s no worry about getting the bike serviced, carrying spares or transporting it, and the same goes for a canoe or kayak. With walking it is the simplicity of the activity that ensures its universal appeal no matter how young or old you are.
I have always been an avid walker, and I was stoked when I got to take our two kids (four years and 20 months) on their first real bushwalk, a brilliant 3km-return track between two beaches at Twofold Bay, Eden, NSW. Watching them soak up the experience, hearing them ask a million questions and simply seeing them have a
After a crazy year in the bloody,city goodit was time great wasto have fantastic. nothing more to think about than putting one foot in front of the other, and absorbing that sense of place that comes from moving slowly through the Australian wilderness.
Yep, I reckon we all should all walk a lot more…