Enjoying the great outdoors is not just a solo experience. That being said, there is something rewarding about being self-reliant when you are trekking through the wilderness. However, enjoying your time with someone else can make the adventure that much more exciting. Here, we’ll discuss some of the benefits and positive aspects of hiking with your partner or that special someone.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to enjoy their favorite outdoor pastimes with their mate. Different people like different things. Hiking has the benefit of being a relatively simple hobby. In essence, it’s just walking. Many couples already do walks together, so it’s not a hard leap to hiking. There is minimal investment needed; a decent pair of hiking boots, maybe a set of walking or hiking support sticks, some water bottles, and a backpack.
In many ways, it’s a fairly cost effective date. Although you might not be getting wined and dined on, packing a modest lunch, and hiking out somewhere can be pretty romantic. There is something very instinctual and primal about hiking. Our long-gone ancestors traveled great distances to hunt, prey, or migrate. Humans are actually pretty adept at traveling long distances. So hiking, you can say, is a natural extension of this.
Hiking is a great way to get involved with each other. Not only can it be a simple way to exercise with each other, it can be very intimate. You don’t need to make it a race. If the trail can allow for it, hold each other’s hands and take it slow. It really can be a romantic and magical experience. Make sure you are equipped appropriately for the conditions.
It’s important to not be too done up for a hike. You’ll get dirty and sweaty! Also, depending on the season or time and place, you may want to consider some bug-spray or repellent, and sun-screen. In my personal experience, bugs and mosquito tend to favor the fairer sex over men. So ensure that she is comfortable, as you don’t want to be a few miles into the woods with a cranky, bitten partner!
It’s important to be mindful of fitness levels and experience. If you are new to hiking or your partner is, be sure to choose a suitable starting point. Choose a modest and slow pace, and if you are hiking in single file, be sure to check back on your partner occasionally as you are forging ahead. Hiking can be intense or relaxing, but like any good date – make sure you are both having a good time.
Although we always recommend to be prepared and equipped appropriately, some good boots or hiking shoes is all you really need. When starting out, pack lightly and appropriately. A backpack with some basic first aid and snacks (and socks!) is a good idea also.
Hiking is absolutely something you can and should do together. If you are both new to it, spend some time finding an easy trail and do some research. Often times, the best trails are not marked and are hard to spot using software or maps like google earth. Usually, you are better off asking around, as the best trails are hidden. Look up hiking groups around your area, or check out some online community groups, as word of mouth can lead you down some interesting routes.
Once you get into the flow of hiking, it can be very bonding. Have you ever heard people say that you know you are close to someone when you can enjoy a comfortable silence? Hiking is somewhat like that. It’s a steady rhythm. There are moments when it’s just you two in nature, with the sounds and smells surrounding you. It can be quite charming.
The exercising part of it can be a great way to spend time with each other, unlike the busy tempo of a gym or fitness program. If you are fortunate enough to have a scenic viewpoint, hill or vista along the trail, it can be very romantic to have a lunch or a break and simply admire the sights.
I once heard a rather eclectic artist make an interesting comment one time. He said that our feet, in a way – move our bodies through time, from our past to present and future, all in one stride. I could see where he was coming from. Hiking is kind of like that. Moving from a beginning to an end. Doing it with your loved one is a simple and wholesome way you can both move forward together.
Hikers do make good mates. As always make sure you are prepared, be respectful, stay safe and have fun!