I have reached a milestone in my hiking adventures!
I have officially completed my first 10km hike. I like to think this is quite a big achievement, especially as I only started regularly hiking at the start of the year.
Now let’s make this clear, I know that 10km is not that far for a hike. Serious hikers might deem a 10km hike as a warm-up, but that’s okay. My first thought is that we all hike at a different pace. I meant that in a couple of different ways too. We all have a different pace literally, as in my stride is half the stride that my partner Joe has. So for every step he takes I am taking 2 steps. I wish that it meant I walked double the distance… However, I get the feeling it doesn’t. Each one of us has a different pace and tackle hikes at different paces.
Then there is the other type of pace. That we all progress at different speeds. It might take me months to achieve my hiking milestones, it might take you weeks, and it might take someone else a year. Then there are all sorts of goals too, my goal at the moment is to slowly increase my distance while slowly increasing my fitness. Then another hiker might be aiming to do multi-day hikes or do a particular distance in under 6 hours. The variety of each hiker’s travels and reasoning for each hike makes it a brilliant activity to get into.
That’s the beauty of hiking
I have learnt so much about the areas I am walking. When I hiked around Fernworthy Forest, I was learning about the stone circles and the reservoir. Then when hiking around Haytor I was working on my navigation skills, then on every hike, I am practising my photography. All of this would not happen unless I started to #GetOutside and explore again.
You can hike anywhere. There are so many trails, footpaths and parks available all over the world for you to hike and each place is full of beauty and stunning views. By getting away to the coast or to the mountains there are so many beautiful places to explore. I love to spend my time on the coast, hearing the waves crash and the cooling sea breeze. There is also more chance to find a beach cafe which sells ice creams too. Then some days I enjoy spending my time rambling along the footpaths of Dartmoor, taking in the stunning scenes of this National Park.That's the beauty of hiking - The variety of adventures and so much to learn! Click To Tweet
Another thing I have learnt by reaching my 10km hike milestone is that your gear is key. Having the right equipment when out on a hike can make life so much easier. As my camera always comes with me, I started taking a large rucksack with me. However this bag was not comfy or supportive, nor was it light. The hunt began for a decent hiking bag which was also safe enough to store a camera in. Eventually, I came across the Manfrotto Off Road range, the 30L hiking rucksack has a built-in camera case. Perfect for carrying my snacks and coat as well as spare lenses and the Go Pro. By investing in the correct gear it has made my hikes more comfortable and I feel like I can walk further. I have recently invested in new good quality hiking boots too. I struggle with my feet, knees and lower back. So by having a good pair of boots that fit properly and are sturdy, I am looking after myself as I go.
Confidence is Not Given it is Grown
Right as I said earlier, 10km hike is not much for some hikers. I am not the fittest. I am not the strongest. Nor am I the fastest. Do you know what? That is perfectly okay.
I am only just starting out adventuring and hiking again, so I am not instantly going to be the best, and I will never pretend to be. By reaching the 10km hike milestone I know that I can go for longer hikes and push for further distances. It has helped me to grow my confidence in my abilities. I’ve proved to myself that I can do it, that I can get up that hill and that I can complete the planned route. Yeah, my times will be slow, I will take extra breaks, every hill will look like a mountain that I will not find much enjoyment in climbing yet. I’m sure we can all agree that standing at the bottom of a big hill, we all wonder what we are doing and why are we about to climb this hill. Then you power your way to the top and it feels amazing to reach the top of the hill, to see the views and feel the breeze.
Reaching this milestone has made me more determined to hike further and explore even more. I plan to tackle tougher terrain and conditions and maybe even a multi-day hike too! Here’s to the next milestone.
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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