One of the advantages in calling everything a "hike" is that purchases are easily (or, more easily) justified here at home.

"Honey, I *had* to buy a new day pack for all my hiking" went over waaaaaaaay better than "Honey, I *had* to buy a new day pack for all my walking". LOL

Seriously, though, you make an excellent point, @WinterWalker . I walk multiple times a week - even in Winter - but hike once a week. However, regardless of whether I am out for a walk or out hiking, I do wear the same type of clothing, pay attention to layering, and so on.

And Nordic Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and can be done by virtually anyone at any age. I have a pair of Nordic tips for my trekking poles and they're as clean and dust-free as the day I bought them... (gotta change that)

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