Hiking isn’t just a hobby.

Do you ever hear the call of the wild and feel the urge to lace up your hiking boots? If the idea of breathing in crisp mountain air, navigating scenic trails, and conquering summits excites you, then you’re in for a treat! Hiking isn’t just a physical activity; for me, it’s a journey into nature, a quest for self-discovery, and a whole lot of fun. I also get to connect not just with nature but with other outdoor lovers. Join me as I dive into the exhilarating world of hiking and explore some of the key benefits.

1. Nature’s gym

Hiking isn’t just a workout; it’s a rendezvous with nature’s gym. Picture yourself amidst towering trees, babbling streams, and the symphony of birdsong as you trek through lush landscapes. The trail becomes your treadmill, and the uneven terrain challenges muscles you never knew you had. It’s not just exercise; it’s an immersive fitness experience. Who said that you can only workout in a gym?

2. Trail Tales.

Every trail has a story to tell, and each step unravels a new chapter. Whether it’s the historic paths of ancient civilizations or the secrets whispered by the rustling leaves, hiking is a journey through time and nature’s own narrative. We had a great time out on the Ngong Hills, Kilimambogo, and Sleeping Warrior hikes, and we are excited and looking forward to our upcoming Elephant Hills, Ole Satima, and the great Mt. Kenya hike over the Easter break. Every trail truly has a different story to it, and in most cases, you get to see the wildlife as well.

Every trail has a story to tell, and each step unravels a new chapter.

3. Peak views and picnics.

Reaching the summit isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the journey. And when you finally stand atop that peak, gazing at the scenic views, the feeling is indescribable. Pack a picnic, savoring snacks with a side of breathtaking scenery. Pro tip: everything tastes better at the top, and fortunately or unfortunately, you can only get to the top by climbing. Through my experiences on different trails, I can confirm without doubt that we are blessed. Kenya is a beautiful country.

The trail becomes your treadmill, and the uneven terrain challenges muscles you never knew you had

4. Hiking essentials and gear galore.

Let’s now dive into the wild world of hiking gear, and trust me, it’s not your average stroll in the park—it’s a full-blown adventure! Picture this: You’re on your first-ever expedition to Mount Kenya, and you glance at your packing list, only to find wet wipes and sunscreen. You’re thinking, “What on earth?” But oh, my chilly water-dodging friend, those wipes will be your unsung heroes! Because when the icy water hits and you’re thanking the stars for every wipe in your backpack, you’ll know—hiking wisdom is born.

Now, let’s talk about ponchos. You might think, “Raincoats are so last season,” but trust me, when the heavens open up, you’ll be singing praises to the mighty Poncho gods. They’re like superhero capes, but for battling unexpected downpours—fashion and function, my friends.

And hats—not just for looking cool (though that’s a bonus). Hats shield you from the blazing sun or that unexpected bird’s surprise gift. Remember, nobody wants a bird’s blessing on their adventure ensemble.

Water bottles are the unsung heroes of hydration. When you’re panting up a steep incline and your water bottle is your trusty sidekick, you’ll understand the magic. Hydration is key, and your bottle is the wizard’s potion holder. Sunglasses, a backpack with well-padded straps, and well-cushioned hiking boots with thick, layered socks are quite helpful, my friends. Comfort and safety first!

5.Trail mix and munches.

The joy of hiking isn’t complete without the perfect trail mix. Get creative with combinations. I do love my assorted nuts mix, which contains peanuts, cashew nuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds, and I sometimes throw in raisins. Dates, biscuits, energy bars, isotonic water, and apples are also great alternatives. It is important to fuel your body with tasty, nutritious snacks. After all, a well-fed hiker is a happy hiker.

Hiking isn’t just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. It’s about embracing the great outdoors, challenging your limits, and finding joy in the journey. So, lace up those boots, grab your backpack, and embark on an adventure that promises not just physical fitness but a whole lot of fun. The trails are waiting—happy hiking! Start your climb; adventure awaits.

Coach Philip.

6. Hike like a pro with tips and tricks.

I like to hike because it is a great way to test my fitness. I love connecting with the locals as well as becoming one with nature. From navigating tricky terrain to choosing the right trail for your skill level, embrace hiking as a great way to unwind. Anyway, doesn’t adulting include leaving the comfort of our couch? When was the last time you were outdoors, with no internet and no screens?