6 Strange Facts About Hiking

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Are you looking for some strange hiking facts? Hiking is about having fun and getting some exercise. It’s a sport that you can start with a pair of shoes and it doesn’t even have to be hiking shoes!

 

6 Strange Hiking Facts

 

1. Hiking has been known to increase the satisfaction level of many types of freeze-dried food

This includes several flavors of energy bars, up to 35 percent.

Energy bars are supplemental bars containing cereals and other high energy foods targeted at people who require quick energy but do not have time for a meal.

Energy in food comes from three sources: fat, protein, and carbohydrates. A typical energy bar weighs between 30 and 50 g and is likely to supply about 200–300 Cal (840–1,300 kJ), 3–9 g of fat, 7–15 g of protein, and 20–40 g of carbohydrates.

Energy Bars

To provide energy quickly, most of the carbohydrates are various types of sugars like fructose, glucose, maltodextrin, and others in various ratios, combined with complex carbohydrate sources like oats and barley.

Proteins come mostly in the form of fast digesting whey protein and fat is kept to minimum.

 

2. Hiking was first invented in Southwest Germany more than 100 years ago

Although people have been walking for a long time, hiking is described as a type of recreational activity usually on a footpath or trail in nature. Using this criteria hiking was first invented in Southwest Germany.

It is not surprising that the Trail-System has become so well-known.

The Swiss scientist and poet Albrecht von Haller poem Die Alpen (1732) is a historically important early sign of an awakening appreciation of the mountains, though it is chiefly designed to contrast the simple and idyllic life of the inhabitants of the Alps with the corrupt and decadent existence of the dwellers in the plains.

Alps of Haller

3. It might be better for you than running

Running always seem like a health lifestyle, doesn’t it? I would watch them zoom by me in their bright colorful clothes, happily jogging along, nodding, and smiling. What more do we need than a good and hard run in the day?

Well, just walking, possibly. Walking just 15 minutes a day can add years to your life.

Walking 15 minutes

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According to one study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, a brisk walk can reduce the risk of heart disease more effectively than running. This huge test involved researchers comparing data from two studies of 15,045 walkers and 33,060 runners over a period of six years. They found that for the same amount of energy used walkers experienced greater health benefits than runners, with the risk of heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure reduced by nearly twice as much as running in some cases.

The results had to involve the same amount of energy expenditure so of course they had to compare brisk walking against vigorous intensity running.

You would think that you would use more energy with running than with brisk walking but that is not the case. Running uses approximately two and halftimes the energy of walking, so you’d have to spend two and a half times longer doing it.

Loosing kilograms, running would probably be more effective but you can lose some while hiking.

To sum up, then, both are good for you – but walking could be better than you!

4. It ‘heals’ your brain

Exercise is good for your brain, there was a study done by Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD that exercising just 10 minutes can improve your Cognitive performance by 14%.

Urban environments are mentally demanding places to be – dodging cars, weaving through pedestrians, staring at screens.

Cramming on to trains and fielding phone calls require the brain to be constantly engaged, leaving precious little room for reflection or meditation.

Studies have shown the benefit of hiking in nature is that people who regularly spend time in natural settings, hiking or otherwise, have improved memory and recollection.

Walking or climbing over uneven terrain uses 28% more energy than walking over flat ground. You are also removing yourself from the urban age stimuli. Clearing your mind and leading to better sleep.

Hiking reduces anxiety and depression as it is associated with benefits of lowering stress levels.

Heal your brain

Hiking boost your mood and make you more creative, this is an exercise that can help you to heal your mind.

5. Switzerland is regarded as a hiking paradise for good reason and even boasts a world hiking record

No other country in the world has such a dense, nationwide hiking network as Switzerland. There is an average of 1.9km of hiking trails per square kilometer throughout Switzerland.

Boasting 3.4km per square kilometer, the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden has the densest network of hiking trails in Switzerland.

Switzerland’s hiking trail network covers around 65,000 kilometers.

Swiss tourism boasts that the Swiss population spends about 162 million hours on hiking trails each year.

Switzerland’s hiking trails are well maintained, and they have more than 1500 hiking trail staff mostly volunteers who regularly check the trails by foot each year.

Hindernisfreier Wangerweg

Hindernisfreier Wanderweg Cross-wiki upload from de.Wikipedia.org

6. A lot of hiking quotes

Hiking quotes are not just for inspiration but there are a lot of funny quotes as well. There are quotes for every occasion you can think of.

Here is my list of the best 35 Hiking quotes:

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” – Dr Zeus

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

“Not all who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” — John Muir

Mountains calling quote

Life is an adventure not a destination.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” — John Muir

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” — Frank A. Clark

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” — Hermann Buhl

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” — Ed Viesturs

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir

“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.” — Unknown

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” — Chief Seattle

Hike more, worry less.

Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.

weak wifi

Life is better in hiking boots.

“Hiking is the answer, who cares what the question is.” — Unknown

“Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.” — Ellen DeGeneres

“Bring a compass. It’s awkward when you have to eat your friends.” — Unknown

“The closer you are to nature the further you are from idiots.” — Unknown

“I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.” — Wislawa Szymborska

“I might look like I am listening to you, but in my mind, I am hiking.” — Unknown

“Some women want diamonds… Others just want a hammock, a campfire, and some peace & quiet.” — Unknown

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius

“If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.” — Henry B. Eyring

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” — Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“You need mountains. Long staircases don’t make good hikers.” — Amit Kalantri

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” — Cindy Ross

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill

“There are two kinds of climbers: those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.” — Alex Lowe

“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” — Unknown

“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.” — Harley King

“I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.” — Andrew Garfield

Another Mountain

“The earth has music for those who listen.” — William Shakespeare

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary

Conclusion to the 6 strange facts about hiking

You might be able to ace that hiking trivia now!

From food to poems about mountains and quotes, hiking trail information and healing your brain, these are my strange facts about hiking.

I leave you with one more, I feel this one is important, after all I love hiking.

Did you know that Vitale Bramani founded the famous rubber-sole company in 1937 two years after the tragic death of his hiking companions?

Bramani always thought their deaths could have been avoided had they been better-equipped, and he desperately sought an alternative to the boots that he was sure put climbers and hikers in danger.

Let’s go hike!

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8 thoughts on “6 Strange Facts About Hiking”

  1. I love the quotes and there are several that stuck with me, such as “if you’re going uphill, you’re on the right path” It made me think, it’s the same in life, isn’t it?
    It’s certainly true that those snack bars taste a lot better on a hike. I seldom buy them, but their taste is so much better when you’re hiking and dying for some food 😉
    I absolutely believe that hiking was invented in Germany. My mother is German and she goes for a walk every single day, she has been doing this for decades. When I lived in Germany there were always families hiking on paths that went around lakes or on hills and mountains. I hiked in Austria too and climbed several mountains. There is nothing like reaching the top of a mountain. The feeling is incredible!

    1. Hi Christine, most of these hiking quotes tell the story of our lives. I think that is the main reason they are so popular. I know those energy bars are only tasty on the hike, then your body needs it. I will see you on the next mountain. Enjoy your hiking.

  2. Hi Cornelia,

    I love this article. I am a huge walker. I like to walk around my area of Ealing in London, especially when it is nice weather. I haven’t done much hiking in my life, not since I was in the Scouts when I was a kid. But one thing you mentioned in your article is, it heals your brain. That I can definitely agree with. When I go for a long walk, I try my best not to think about too many things. I just try and take in the environment, the atmosphere and recharge my mind. When I can do that, it is a great feeling.

    It is Sunday morning here in the UK, so I am going to go for a walk in about an hour or so and recharge my mind for the start of the week.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom, walking can prolong your life and a part from that, walking in nature is a blessing. Enjoy your walk and I hope you feel refreshed and recharged when done.

  3. “Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” — Cindy Ross
    I can relate to this quote!

    In New Zealand, we call hiking ‘tramping’ and I think my mum is the Queen of tramping. She has hiked all the major trails in NZ, some many times over. Hiking is such a great way to get away from all the noise and distractions of modern living. There is nothing better than the fresh air, clear skies, and the sounds of the birds, animals, and running streams. “Hiking reduces anxiety and depression as it is associated with benefits of lowering stress levels.” Yup, and I know it improves general overall wellbeing.

    I have not hiked in Switzerland, yet. But it really sounds like a great place to go due to the enormous amount of trails available. I’ll have to add it to my list of things to be sure to do.
    “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary….. Wise man 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Andrew, tramping, it’s interesting what other countries call a specific activity. However, I like the word, it sounds more what I do, through the bushes. I have never been to NZ but would love to do the Milford Track. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  4. I have definitely told a lot of people i prefer hiking to jogging or running because of the nice effect i get from hiking
    I get to do something exciting and fun whilst having time to relax my brain and probably being alone or being with people i like to spend time with.
    I am learning something new again, hiking was first invented in Southwest Germany and i am going to share this piece of information with almost everyone i meet because i didn’t know this till today.
    I love the quotes too by the way especially “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” because that is how i see life most the time and we should definitely explore the safe and fun way

    i love this article. Keep up the good work

    1. Hi Femi, thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, Germany is shining bright with all the nice hiking spots. Let the adventure begins.

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