“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
I came across the following statement/question as I was perusing a Facebook page that dealt with hiking earlier:
How do you guys deal with the “9-5” grind? I literally can’t focus on anything else except going on my next hike. And I find that I struggle to deal with all of the bullshit that coworkers are.
So how do you deal with the constant urge to get out and hike during the workday? Obviously, you need money not only to live but to be able to go out on the adventures that you find yourself focusing on during the workday. So what you have to do is get it out of your mind is to use your time after the work day to get ready for that next hike.
What can you do after work and in between hikes? Here’s a list:
- Keep your gear in good condition. Clean your pack inside and out. Hang it to dry if you were hiking in the rain.
- Clean your boots. Check your laces for frays, if they are wet, set them somewhere to dry. Don’t put them near a heat source because the excessive dry heat could damage them.
- Replace anything that you used on the hike. First aid equipment, duct tape, sunscreen and especially TP.
- Figure out how to work that GPS that you bought and never figured out.
- Clean your trekking poles.
- If needed, clean your maps.
- Plan your next hike. And the one after that and the one after that. I do this and it allows me to focus on my work during the day and my hikes at night.
- Clean your hiking clothes every so often. Now I get it that if you are on a three or four-day adventure, you might start to smell. But day hikers really have no reason to smell like a thru-hiker.
- Learn how to use a compass and try navigating a hike.
- Plan hikes you might not necessarily go on. For instance, I almost never hike in the rain. This year, my goal is to do exactly that as often as I can.
- Read anything and everything on the internet about hiking. New gear, hikes, thru-hiker stories, wilderness first aid, hikers blogs.
- Youtube is a fascinating outlet for people doing everything that I have listed above. As with everything else the quality of some videos are not as good as others, but following AT and PCT thru hiker vlogs are a wonder in themselves.
- If you photograph or video your hikes, make sure your batteries are charged and your gear is ready to go.
- If you can’t get outside to hike or walk, get on a stationary bike to get in shape for those spring hikes.
So there you go, If all you can do is think about hiking at work, do it at home. Not only will you save yourself trouble at your job but you will also be better prepared for your next outdoor adventure.
Isn’t that what it’s all about?