‘Tis the Season to Climb a Mountain

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the mountains are summoning their dedicated climbers. For some the challenge of tackling an entire mountain seems all too discouraging, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Here’s a list of reasons why hiking is the must-do activity of the Spring season:

  1. It’s great exercise. Bathing suit season is just around the corner and there’s no better way to get into shape than by strapping on some hiking boots and hitting the trails. Besides, climbing a mountain or trail is much more exciting than climbing a treadmill on a high incline.
  2. It’s FREE. The word “free” doesn’t come around often, so when it does it’s important to take full advantage.
  3. It’s easy. The AllTrails mobile app guides local hikers to any and all nearby locations based on difficulty levels, geographical interests, distances, and ratings. The app is free of charge and simple to navigate. It can even give directions to park entrances.
  4. It’s rewarding. There is no greater feeling than reaching the peak of a mountain and feeling the wind and sun in perfect harmony. It’s an accomplishment to tackle an entire mountain and it feels incredible to take that final step.

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Keep in mind that climbing to the very top doesn’t need to happen on the first outing. It takes time to build up strength and stamina. Set goals and accomplish them in a comfortable amount of time. While a little challenge is more than healthy, hiking should never become a discouraging activity. What’s most important is having fun and feeling great.

Hiking is one of my all time favorite hobbies. I’m very passionate about nature and adventure, so naturally hiking is a perfect fit for me. Here’s a bit of info from my latest excursion:

Mt. Norwottuck, Amherst, Massachusetts

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The trek was beautifully challenging and roughly five miles in length. The mountain occupied a variety of caves, streams, and small bridges. A few hours and 26,000 steps later, I had conquered Mt. Norwottuck! My next challenge is Mt. Greylock. It’s much more difficult, but I plan to embrace the challenge. Where will your next hike be?

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