Our Hiking Adventures

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Hiking and Backpacking

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" 
--Henry David Throeau, Walden, "Where I lived, and What I Lived For"

In our tech saturated culture, it's easy to feel disconnected

Nature promotes healing. A typical hiking or backpacking excursion:

  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle
  • Burns an average of 4,000 calories per day
  • Has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins which increase the body's threshold for pain and affects mood
  • Assists in the prevention of osteoporosis due to its weight bearing activity
  • Fosters better cardiovascular health
  • Increases awareness of the natural environment
  • Improves team building skills and fosters therapeutic alliance
  • Allows for an emotional cleansing from the artificiality of the world
  • Offers opportunities to connect socially with others

Tags: mental health, stress coping, adventure, backpacking, benefits, nature deficit disorder

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