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<b>Does Your Hiking Show?</b>
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John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Does Your Hiking Show? on 02/18/2011 21:02:27 MST Print View

I was paid what I consider a compliment by a co-worker of mine. On a daily basis I carry a day pack and walk from the front gate to my shop.

As I was walking in to work recently a co-worker asked me if I "walked on trails".

I responded, "Yes I do"!

His response was, "It shows, you've got that kind of a walk".

Until that point in time I didn't really know that I walked like a hiker. :-)

Does your hiking show? Can other hikers pick you out of a crowd? Would a non-hiker see something about you that would clue them in to your being a hiker?

If so, please tell us about it.

Party On,


Edited by Newton on 02/18/2011 21:36:32 MST.

Forbes Belk
(ForbesB) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Walk on 02/18/2011 22:24:45 MST Print View

I've been asked if I was a sprinter before (I was) based on how I walk, but never if I was a hiker. I'd definitely say it makes sense that repetitive exercise would change the balance in your muscles enough to alter your gait.

Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
Hiking on 02/19/2011 01:30:24 MST Print View

My limp probably does not say "hiker" :-)

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Hiking on 02/19/2011 04:53:44 MST Print View

My pace is above average. I pass almost everybody in front of me and never get passed. From video I've taken from a downward view when hiking, and seeing my own reflection from buildings, I can see that I am sort of feeling the ground with each step.

Like Josh's limp, I'd say most people think I'm injured or just decrepit. I have a mostly white beard and white hair that is on top purely imagination yet vigorous on the sides and back. Hopefully no one will dial 9-1-1 when they see me. However, if they do call then the EMTs will never catch me.

To paraphrase George Carlin:

Have you ever noticed that anybody walking slower than you is an idiot, and anyone walking faster than you is a maniac?


george c

The older I get the more I look like him I've been told...

Edited by gmatthews on 02/19/2011 04:55:07 MST.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Re: Does your hiking show on 02/19/2011 05:40:37 MST Print View

I don't think my walk is anything special, but I can sure be picked out of the crowd when sitting in a diner after a week on the trail. I think it's the smell...

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Walk like a skier??? on 02/24/2011 23:42:45 MST Print View

Once I was told I walked "like I was XC skiing". Well, I used to be an XC racer and I wear and use my poles in a similar way so maybe that is what pegged my hiking gait for that observant guy.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Does Your Hiking Show? on 02/25/2011 05:47:36 MST Print View

I wouldn't say I walk like a hiker, I've got long legs so I tend to walk "faster" than most people anyway. My friends can always tell after I've been on a hike though, my legs are normally stiff and I hobble everywhere.


Sky Horne

Locale: Vagabonding..
through and thru-hiker on 02/25/2011 09:22:53 MST Print View

definitely. I don't own shoes that aren't trail runners. It's hard for me to keep a pace that's under 3.5 mph. I turned my old hiking pants into casual city shorts. Always have one of my packs on me, loaded with essentials, and yeah, my outerwear make me look like I'm about to go on an expedition.