Hiking Reads for Summer

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Hiking Reads

Summer has – finally! – arrived in Europe, and not a moment too soon, just in time for the peak of the holiday season.

For hikers, however, temperatures above 30° centigrade (that’s the high 80s and 90s for you) are a mixed blessing. For some trails, perhaps even for all trails, this is just too hot! So, let’s be lazy for a few days – after all, everybody needs a break.

"Easy Hiker relaxing indoor with his hiking reads"

This is the time to pull your sun lounger into the shadow or to move to the coolest spot in the house to, shall we say, quietly plan your next move. And if you are in need of inspiration from some fine travel writers: here are some hiking reads that I picked from the web over the first six months of the year.

First up is a piece that has certainly inspired me to plan a trip. Do you believe that the main characteristic of a good travel article is that you would, if you could, go there this very instant? Then this one is for you.

A Long, wet walk in Wales

While Mrs. Easy Hiker and myself have not yet experienced hiking in Wales, the next article is about an area that we have visited and greatly enjoyed – even though, for some reason, we appear to have missed one of its major attractions. You can read this article as the companion piece of something we wrote about vertical hiking recently – only that this time, we are heading in the opposite direction.

Plumbing the depths

On this site, we have “done” backpacks, hiking boots, hiking trousers, outdoor jackets – have I forgotten something? At any rate, this one is about a hiking utensil that we have not yet covered. Another gap I can hereby consider closed.

Pimp my walk

I have said it before and am going to say it again: you do not have to travel half way around the world for a great hiking trip. The next article is about London, but London here stands in for “virtually-any-town-or-city-on-earth”. Beyond your home town’s last bus stop, there is a world of adventure waiting to be discovered.

A joyously muddy hike, bike and kayak with the National Trust

Finally, why walking is good for you, always, no matter what the circumstances may be. We are going to hear this theme played in two different ways: first in a roundhead, “eat-your-veggies”-register – but then, this is, after all, a piece from the liberal roundheads’ house journal, the Guardian.

Walking works

And now the same theme, done in a more cavalier fashion. Admittedly, this is not the greatest piece of journalism you will find all year, but I bet you will find something in it that makes you laugh.

Actually, it does not even say that “walking is good for you”, but … well, just have a look, and see what you think.

In my mind at least, the message is clear: none of this would have happened if these people had only set out on their own two feet.

When road trips go wrong

Hiking in the Italian Alps

In Utah, 100-mile trek with a 4-year-old boy

Balkan Promises

In the Alps of Goethe and James Bond

On walking : why we should be careful what we give away.

Walk this way

On walking – and how its speed is perfectly suited to the speed at which we develop thoughts.

Skipping steps

Walk from SanFran to LA.

Monkey brain


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4 comments to Hiking Reads for Summer

  • I love a good read and those focusing on travel and trekking are my favourite! Thank you for compiling such a fun, fabulous and inspiring list!

  • Shawna

    Great roundup of articles! I’ll agree that hiking in the summer can get more than a little warm, and I’m not one to tolerate heat well, but it’s hard to argue, especially if you an find one with a great swimming hole at the end!

  • You’d certainly find some of them up your alley, Jeremy.

  • Jeremy Branham

    Hiking during the summer is tough. Not only is it hot but crowded. I’ve learned that to hike in summer means going early in the morning – to beat the heat and the crowds. Thanks for those reads. I’m going to check some of them out.

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