This is something that I always think about and often ask other hikers when I meet them or speak to them about the outdoors – what is your biggest hurdle when it comes to hiking?
Ther responses I get vary but are usually one, or all, of the following:
- Lack of gear
- Cost of gear
- Not knowing where to go
- Having no one to go with
Time is a tricky one to get around because if you live a busy life, then getting out every weekend to hike can be hard. But if you’re interested in hiking on a regular basis, you can always find time for it.
Not having gear can be a problem, but as outlined in my article about day hiking gear, you really don’t need a whole lot of stuff.
A backpack, some food and water, and a sturdy pair of shoes are more than enough to get you started.
I find that this issue is particularly common amongst people who are new to hiking.
The cost of gear is such a pain point for anyone. I’m all for quality gear, but some of the prices out there, particularly in the mainstream stores, are beyond ridiculous.
As I have mentioned elsewhere on this website, I firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to get out and hike should they wish to. Price should never prevent anyone from doing so.
The location of trails and good spots to go was part of the reason why I started this website. Some people just don’t know where to go.
It’s surprising even with all the information that is on the web, but some people still prefer suggestions from people that they trust.
Having no one to go with is a reason but is one that comes down to the preference of the individual. I reckon I have done 90% of my hiking by myself and was happy to do so.
But that’s me and everyone is different. There are plenty of upsides to it, but the main downside to it is that you have no one to talk to or share the experience with.
There’s nothing quite like going for a hike with someone or with a group of people to a really cool place with great scenery.
I’ve only led two hikes so far, but I thoroughly enjoyed showing people a few nice places in Warburton and the Dandenongs through the MeetUp group.