If you’ve been itching to get out and sweat, you’re not alone. But why compete for sidewalk space on a run when you could go for a socially distant hike instead? Is hiking becoming the new bread baking? It seems so.
“We live in such a world where we're always connected to our phones, internet and schedules,” says hiking expert and author Jeff Alt, who shares some tips with Weather.com. “This is a chance to clear your mind, drift into your inner self, and physically, you're also getting a good workout in.”
Thrillist hit up a handful of outdoor experts for the essentials any day hiker might need—from socks and shorts to “things that keep the sun out of your face.” And Vice has pulled together some pointers on how to do it responsibly and respectfully. After all, it's important to remember you're sharing the wilderness with others so it's best to respect your fellow hikers, right?
And if you're really into it, consider applying for this dream job: Devils Backbone Brewing Company, owned by Anheuser-Busch, is hiring a Chief Hiking Officer who'll be paid $20,000 to hike the Appalachian Trail (with brews in tow, no doubt).
The Best Boots
for Your Money
Today's coolest hikers are less like bulky boots and more like streamlined athletic sneakers. We hit up the adventuring team at Huckberry for the best ones to pull on for a summer hike.
$230 by On
Trail 2650 Mid,
$180 / $134.98 by Danner
Terrex Free hiker,
$200 by adidas
$230 / $160.98 by Naglev