Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Hiking Mountains

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Happy Tuesday! For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list I’ve decided to stray a bit from the bookish path. Instead, I’ll be discussing the physical trails that I love to tread: hiking mountains. When I was in middle school I hiked my first mountain with my dad and I’ve been hooked ever since. Fortunately I live in an area with a plethora of mountains an hour or two away, making it fairly easy to plan hiking trips on a moment’s notice. The joy of hiking is something I think you have to experience to fully understand, but I’ll try my best to put it into words.

Falling Waters Trail1. Being connected with nature. This is an obvious one, but it’s arguably one of my most important reasons. When you’re deep in the forest on your way up the mountain with no cell service or way of contacting others, you suddenly realize how detached you are from civilization. It’s a liberating feeling to have only nature and your fellow hikers for company.

IMG_04682. The trails. Although the summit is the ultimate destination, the trails themselves should be equally as appreciated. Some of my favorite things to come across on trails are bridges, waterfalls, lush fields of green or flowers, and the occasional sign left by someone in their travels.

3. An alternate way of exercising. Let me tell you: hiking up a mountain is hard work. However, the great thing about hiking is that it’s an incredibly rewarding form of exercise. From beautiful views to priceless time with friends or family, the perks of hiking definitely outweigh whatever fatigue your muscles may be feeling.

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4. Always feels new. No matter how many times I hike the same trail it never feels stale, monotonous, or boring. There are so many variables involved– the weather, who you’re hiking with, etc.– that each hike really is an exciting new adventure.

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5. Hikers are friendly. This is a generalization, of course, but I’ve found that the majority of people (and dogs!) I meet on the trails are very friendly. You can usually count on fellow hikers to say hello and either ask you how the summit is or give yo an update on how it was, depending on if they’re in front of or behind you. You never know who you’ll meet on a hike!DSCN1013

6. Spending time with friends and family. I always go hiking with at least one friend or family member, both for safety’s sake and because it makes it so much more enjoyable. It’s great spending time with people without having to worry about technology or other life things interrupting. Besides, once you hike with someone, chances are that you’ll both want to go hiking again!

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7. Reaching the summit. This is the part of the hike that people generally look forward to the most. There’s nothing like cresting that ridge or popping out of the tree line to find that you’ve finally made it to the top. VICTORY!

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Yup, it’s me.

8. Breathtaking views. If you’re lucky enough to go hiking on a day with a clear blue sky, then you’ll likely be able to see some amazing views at the top. Everything looks so different from such a high perspective, and it always astounds me how incredibly small we are when compared to these behemoth natural giants.

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9. A rare experience. Despite the fact that hundreds of people hike mountains every day, I’m willing to bet that hikers are still a minority of the overall population. Whether it’s due to geography, financial problems, time constraints, health issues, or other reasons, a large number of people never have the opportunity to view the world from atop the summit of a mountain that they have hiked. I always feel lucky when I look out from the summit because I’m seeing something that few people experience in their lifetimes.

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Me again, except this time I’m really cold.

10. Sense of accomplishment. Whenever I finish a hike I’m overwhelmed by such a positive feeling of accomplishment. It’s a special moment when you can look up at a mountain from down below and say, “I’ve been there!”

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and these pictures of my many hiking adventures over the years!

Do you enjoy hiking? Do you have any funny, weird, or memorable hiking stories that you’d like to share? Have you read any good books about hiking? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Hiking Mountains

    1. Thanks so much! I’m not very sporty besides hiking and the tap dancing I do at college, but at least it’s exercise haha 🙂 The amazing views are what makes it all worth it. I love looking back at old pictures from hikes– it takes me right back to when I was trekking up the mountain in the sun!

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  1. Haha, I LOVE how you diverged from bookish things! I’m not very outdoorsy but I do enjoy hiking mountains… well, ones with their own trail and is more like walking, not literal hiking. Which mountain were you at in the snowy picture? I’m not a big fan of snow so that would’ve been TORTURE for me, but you look like you’re having fun!

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    1. In the snowy picture I’m on the summit of Mount Cardigan in New Hampshire. It’s not a very tall mountain (almost 4,000 feet) but it’s one that I love returning to again and again. Hiking in the winter gives you a whole different perspective– besides, it feels like you’re on the moon up there! 🙂

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  2. Your pictures are gorgeous! I love hiking but I’m surrounded by flatness in pretty much every direction so hiking is more small hills and some cliffs in the woods. Definitely jealous that you live in such a great area for it 🙂

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  3. OH MY GOSH YOUR PICTURES ARE AMAZING 😍😍 I completely agree though. Hiking is hard work, but once you get to the top and see the gorgeous view it all feels worth it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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  4. Oh yes, I love mountains too. Waaaay more interesting than sunbathing even if it doesn’t allow you to read so much 😉
    As for the books… I’ve read Untraceable by S.R. Johannes not so long ago and it was surprisingly good.

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  5. Ah, I am so jealous! I’d love to do this someday, hopefully very soon, but I think my biggest problem is that I have no one to go with /: But! I will find someone and I will drag them to go hiking with me and I will feel everything you do–I will feel alive. You have no idea how much I want to do this; there is so much to see and it’s all so beautiful, what we are given.

    Thanks for stopping by Princessica of Books!

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  6. Ohhh these photos are INCREDIBLE. YAY FOR HIKING! I used to do a lot of hiking with my family a few years ago. Not so much anymore because we moved away from the mountains. XD But eeeep, it’s so awesome to climb! I LOVE THE VIEWS and the victory feeling. And it is totally always different every time you do a trail, right?!? LOVE IT.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. My college isn’t near any mountains and it’s the WORST to not be able to hike in the fall when I’m there. 😦 I couldn’t imagine not living near them mountains! I’ll have to keep that in mind as one of my standards for the future haha 🙂

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