Over the years, I have learned that hiking makes me instantly disconnect from my work. Instead of thinking about work, I’m focussing on the question if I have enough water. Rather than Facebooking, I’m figuring out what food to eat best. Cities tend to have the opposite effect for me – I get distracted, get work inspiration from things I see and stay in my normal routine – pretty much exactly what I wasn’t looking for. Nature has become a balance to my city life.
So, here’s to hiking:
Planning and preparing for hikes.
I spend a lot of time planning and preparing my hikes – finding the best possible hikes for every time of year, and continuously tweaking my gear and packing lists. I developed my favorite pieces of hiking gear and also specific hiking gear hacks (including hairnets and duct tape on my trekking poles).
A glimpse of the memories I made in Europe:
- Hiking the Amalfi coast and discovering it’s amazing Italian food
- The Iceland Laugavegur trail and how I almost got lost in a snow storm on the Fimmvörðuháls trail.
- My preparations and failed attempt to the GR20, the toughest trail in Europe
- How my brother and I got completely lost in the English moors near Manchester