Are you stuck at work all week daydreaming about weekend adventures? Us too! We'd rather be hiking, but someone has to make the world's best hiking socks. But don't worry, we've gathered a few of our favorite outdoor quotes to help you get through the work week and inspire epic weekend adventures.
We aren't recommending cutting switchbacks or trampling sensitive alpine ground cover, but we think Emerson's words can be applied with leave no trace principles in mind. Emerson's wisdom inspires us to plan new adventures, and hike trails for the first time. The trail doesn't need to be new, but new to you to make it worth hiking.
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
John Muir championed the healing power of the woods and wilderness. His writing and conservation efforts centered on spreading the love of nature and encouraging people to venture from the city and into the wilderness to rejuvenate their spirits and realign their lives while hiking in the mountains.
"Come to the wood for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods." - John Muir
Does the thought of completing a thru hike or extended backpacking trip seem out of reach? Follow Finlay's advice and just start hiking. Each hike you will feel stronger, and soon be taking on longer and tougher trails. And remember if a short hike a better adventure than staying at home.
"Every Mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing." - Barry Finlay
The stresses of life build up overtime. We need opportunities to get away from it all and let nature sooth and heal our spirits. We always feel soothed and healed by a tiring hike.
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." - John Burroughs
Whether you are climbing or hiking, the mountains and wilderness can grade adventurers harshly. For a true adventurer that is part of the appeal. Climbing a new route or planning a long hike on rough terrain tests limits and determination while also bringing a huge sense of strength and success when the adventure is complete.
"In the mountains there are only two grades: you can either do it, or you can't." - Rusty Baille
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
My favorite family Christmas tradition has always been driving up into the mountains and cutting our own Christmas tree. We grew to perfect the process, carefully judging potential trees for our own living room and for the growing number of family members who began to ask for real trees, too. Grandma likes her tree not too full, but Nana likes it when the branches droop, like trees on vintage postcards. Each year, we would cut a little bit off of the trunk and add it to our quirky collection.
Though you probably do not know her name, Whitney Thomas is a true outdoorswoman.
When I set out to interview her about women in the outdoors, I had no idea how strikingly real and powerful her insights would be. Instead of lingering on the lack of quality, technical women’s gear (and how so much of it is pink) or on the gender gap in guiding, Whitney took time to talk over why she loves the outdoors, and what all it has offered her.
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