Hiking or Bushwalking?
Whilst out in the You Yangs over the weekend with our MeetUp group, a conversation came up with a lady in the group as to whether we were hiking or bushwalking.
In her opinion, she felt that bushwalking should be used to describe day hikes, whilst hiking should be used to describe overnight or multi-day hikes.
However, I believe there’s an argument for both terms to be used to describe either day, overnight or multi-day hikes.
Personally, I use the term hiking regardless if I’ve gone out on the trail for the day, overnight, or for multiple days.
There is also the argument that bushwalking should be the official term given that most trails can often be found somewhere in the bush.
Although, is a forest considered the bush? Is a national or state park considered the bush? Are we forest walking or park walking?
Furthermore, bushwalking is a term that is typically associated with Australia and very few other countries.
And then you throw in international terms such as tramping (New Zealand’s term for hiking).
Essentially, I reckon it all comes down to the individual.
As you might have noticed in this article, there are a few arguments for both terms and it probably depends on where you are from too.
So, what do you think? Are we hiking or bushwalking?