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 over time. We need opportunities to get away from it all and let nature soothe 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
Austin lives in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade mountains.
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