Fitness – Hiking Terms


Fitness / Monday, January 16th, 2017

Go on, get outta Here

I don’t know if you’re new around here, but I’m just going to put it out there officially. I LOVE hiking. Not just Lurve, LOVE! Today I wanted to jot down some hiking terms since I picked up this fitness activity that I more consider a hobby than a workout and share them with you.

You know, in case you want to get lost… in the forest. Or take a hike… up a mountain.

learn all about your new hobby here and pick up the hiking terms to get you started on your next journey

Hiking is really good for my soul. Often times I am dealing with mental health issues and/or personal issues that never cease to play on repeat in my head. Hiking is good for my soul in that I start to let these problems go as I concentrate more on my body moving, the things around me and my view at the top.

Making it to the top and seeing whatever mother earth has to present to me, rain, snow, wind or shine… it makes me gain a little perspective. It also makes me feel good. You know, accomplishing something and getting exercise endorphins are only perks I just so happen to enjoy.

Then the hike down, where you bask in your adrenaline and try to figure out how to fix those things that were haunting you before, I find something in my brain changes and I can ‘do life’ again, with new momentum behind me.

PSA for Photos While Hiking

I’m sure I’ve covered this once before, but I enjoy taking photos at the top. I’ve also been talked down to by many a people who laugh at me when I try to snap a few photos. “It’s about the journey, not the Instagram likes. But the photos are for me, to be honest. To help me remember. I’ve got a lot of mess up in my head that is hard to sift through and organize without a prompt.

I take photos to remember my feelings, what I saw, my inspiration gained from the adventure my hike was. I’m not going to remember a specific hike by a photo from the trail. Most trails are trees, rock, and dirt.

They tend to look similar if you put them side by side. The peak photo is how I know I was in Ladysmith at Crystal Falls versus Whistler… okay maybe not Whistler, more like Harrison Hot Springs or something less high in altitude and covered in white stuff.

I take photos to remember, if I’m taking the photo, I may post the photo. Cause it looks cool, and sometimes we all need a little more coolness in our lives. If I can bring some kewl into someone else’s life, then wicked. But people, please, stop crapping on other who take photos at the top. I take photos for a few minutes and then explore for an hour. Stop killing the hike and enjoy your own journey without bombarding into my very slightly different but just as satisfying one. Thanks

Come check out this waterfall hunt in Ladysmith. Find Crystal Falls along Holland Creek Trail on Vancouver island.

Knowing the Terms

On to the actual hiking facts stuff now that I rambled a bit more than I really should have, sorry about that.

I have been learning more and more hiking terms since I started on the trails a long long time ago… in June of 2016. I read a lot about hiking and trails and joined hiking groups on Facebook and watched hiking videos on Youtube. Slowly but surely I’ve been picking them up and thought I’d do someone else the favour by compiling some in a list.

Sharing is Caring, and if you’re here checking out your potentially newest hobby with a side of fitness where you take photos and solve all your life problems somewhere in the PNW, I want to become your one stop info box. Well, as best as I can with all my great knowledge.

Okay, fine. I’m writing them out because I need a one stop info box for myself because I forget easily with all my life problems and all. Sometimes a girl just needs to help herself out.

Hiking Terms

Term. Definition. Used in a sentence.

Acclimate: period of time it takes the body to adjust due to altitude and trail conditions. It took my mom quite a bit to acclimate to the top of Mt Whistler when she lives Sea Level.

Alpine Zone: the area above the treeline high in the mountains. I almost made it to the Alpine zone if I actually made it to Panorama Ridge.

Backcountry: an isolated area with few paved roads and buildings. Most hikes I want to try are in the backcountry.

Backcountry camping/Backpacking: Camping without making use of premade camp sites. I want to go backing at Berg Lake.

Bushwhack: to hike off trail, usually through the bush. I do not like to bushwhack, stay on the trails.

Cairn: a pile of stones used to make a trail or path. I make lots of cairns, like on the way to Cypress Falls.

Camp: to spend the night in a shelter. I can’t wait to take Gregory camping every summer.

Highpoint: the highest point of elevation. We made it to the highpoint of Whistler Blackcomb in June.

Inukshuk: a stack of rocks in the shape of a person to signify that peoples were here before.We took photos at the 2010 Winter Olympics Inukshuk.

Junction: the point at which 2 trails meet/intersect. The junction on the Stawamus Chief led Gregory and me to the first peak.

Orienteering: Navigating with the use of a map and compass. Papa needs to teach me orienteering with his military expertise.

Peak: a point on a mountain higher than all the adjacent points. A mountain can have many peaks. Chasing Sunrise hikes to first peak on Mt Seymour.

Switchback: an established trail that zigzags across steep terrain. Get ready for 6km of switchbacks up to Garibaldi Lake.

Summit: the highest point on a mountain, there is only one per mountain. I have hiked to the summit of Mt Seymour on Thanksgiving day.

Scramble: the act of climbing over a rock field or rough terrain. I haven’t encountered much scramble in my hikes… yet.

Trailhead: the starting point of a trail, usually marked with a sign. There are several starting points for the Wacky Woods.

Gregory smiling at Bridal Veil Falls

Before You Go

So there you have it, hiking terms that I have come across so far and some shameless blog links that you can check out for some inspiration to lace up your shoes and get lost.

I mean it, take a hike.

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