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Hey, go to early church on Sunday so you can visit with us about our Camino de Costa Rica hike in Room 102 of Hanson Hall on U of Minnesota campus at 11am. See Midwest Mountaineering"s Expo site for details.
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Are you busy on Sunday, April 30 at 11am?
If not, join us in room 102 of Hanson Hall on U of Minnesota campus for the first presentation in our world tour about our successful 2023 Camino de Costa Rica hike.
If nothing else, you'll get a sticker, and maybe a free copy of my latest book.
See Expo site for details.
There are a lot of other interesting 1-hour presentations on Saturday and Sunday. After our talk you could hang around and learn about Machu Pichu, Tanzania, Te Araroa, Mt. Assiniboine, and the Wabakami wilderness.
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On my hike across Costa Rica, there was never a lack of lush plant life. From the warm, humid coastlands over the cooler mountain ranges, thick forest and jungle could be found everywhere except where bananas, pineapples, coffee, and palm trees had been planted. There were many exotic plants which I had not seen before and a rainbow of colors in the flowers.
Here is a sample of the exotic plants and flowers from along the trail.
(I didn't notice the small insect until preparing these photos :-) )
See this Reusable Handwarmers video - very cool (warm).
The essence of hiking is to leave life behind, if only for a few hours, and explore the world around you using only the power of your body.
It is feeling your lungs labor, your muscles tighten and relax, and all your senses bringing new information into your brain.
Being a Hiking Dude is being on the move, covering ground, challenging your body, and renewing your soul.
The number one problem in America is the drop in miles walked per day. The sedentary lifestyle that so many of us now lead (especially people spending too much time making web sites!) is causing us to keel over right and left. Just going for a walk (let's call that a hike) for 30 minutes every day is about the best thing you can do for yourself, and for your family!
Hiking is a sport unto itself. But, it is also the means of locomotion that backpackers use to get around on multi-day adventures. I'm offering information about the art of hiking and all the preparation, skills, problems, and gear used by hiking dudes in moving about from place to place on foot. After learning all about hiking here, please visit the Outdoors Dudes web site for even more great advice about skills for trips and the outdoors.
If you've been surfing the web to find out something about hiking, then please check out my Beginner Hiker Plan to learn how to get ready to start hiking.
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Anyone want to see A-Town's latest blog posts, check out his blog.
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I don't know what "lower budget" means to you, but the canopy tents and internal bug nets made by John at Bear Paw Wilderness Designs are really good and cost from $100 up, depending on what you want. See my Florida Hike page to see the shelters we used.
Jan 30, 2017 - Corina
Feb 03, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Feb 16, 2017 - Corina
Mar 25, 2017 - Jiahao (Leo) Li
I just want to say thank you.
I was reading your blog before for preparing my first hike in NZ at end of this year's January.
My girlfriend and I went to the Blue Lake and it was amazing. We also got back alive.
Thanks for your sharing!
Apr 18, 2017 - Karli
Apr 18, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Apr 23, 2017 - Corina
Apr 23, 2017 - Corina
Down on the bottom?
Apr 26, 2017 - Hiking Dude
May 17, 2017 - Corina
Jun 19, 2017 - Corina
My questions is?
Is it a good idea to reuse cooking package?
For his daily cooking?
Im thinking about bacteria.
Is it a good or bad idea?
Jun 20, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Jun 20, 2017 - Corina
5 day hiking using one packet over and over to cook
All his meals? I just dont want my boyfriend get stomach issues.
Jun 21, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
Jun 21, 2017 - Corina
Thats what i have been telling him.
Jun 23, 2017 - Corina
One week ago on a strenuous hike with my boyfriend half ways down my hiking pole got stuck in a hole and there I fell and twisted my ankle Dr said no hiking off my feet 4weeks.
Jul 24, 2017 - Stuart "Vanilla Thunder" Rackley
Aug 03, 2017 - Jerome Rusher
Thanks in advance.
1717 S. Iris Lane #4B
Escondido, CA 92026
Aug 10, 2017 - Hiking Dude
Oct 25, 2017 - Monica Ramsey
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Dec 06, 2017 - Judd Wagstaff
Feb 07, 2018 - Gina Wildermuth
a high elevation hike...fourteener.
My physical training/condtioning will be good (live
at sea level), but worried about lack of O2.
Can you recommend a supplemental oxygen company or ???
Jun 19, 2018 - JuanBarreda
May 26, 2023 - jodi cheever
Jun 27, 2023 - Josh Todd
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