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Published on April 26th, 2013 | by Pat


Why We Walk

Last Sunday, The New York Times devoted their Travel section to a topic near and dear to our hearts here at Trekalong: walking. One particular piece was especially interesting, featuring 8 historical writers and the walks that inspired them.

This got us at Trekalong thinking: we all love walking, but, beside the health/environmental benefits to using our feet, what exactly is it about such an everyday activity that is so meaningful to us?

We turned to the experts — the authors of Wilderness Press’s bestselling Walking Series to put words to our walking-obsession. As expected, they were very outspoken about the topic! Here’s just some of what they had to say:

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Mindy Sink (author, Walking Denver – Wilderness Press, 2011)

Walking is a luxury. When I have time to walk to work, to my daughter’s school, to run my errands, I feel like a success, someone who has part of the solution to living in this busy, plugged-in world. As I walk, I am more observant about my surroundings, the changing of the seasons, the time of day, and in being unplugged, I am free and relaxed.

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Becky Ohlsen (author, Walking Portland – Wilderness Press, 2013)

Lately I’ve been wanting everything in the world (movies, drivers, time) to just slow down. Walking does that: it lets you study your surroundings, for as long or as briefly as you want to, and even if you stop dead in your tracks nobody’s going to rear-end you or start honking and gesticulating. Lots of famous writers were also big walkers, and I think that’s because it’s so undemanding of one’s attention; it’s a bit like taking the train, moving without concentrating much on yourself and what you’re doing, so you can indulge all the big, wide-ranging thoughts that may occur to you.


Lynn Arave (co-author, Walking Salt Lake City – Wilderness Press, 2012)

Walking is among the simplest of activities and less intensive, thereby offering plenty of opportunity to smell the flowers, absorb eye candy, think, reflect or ponder.. In addition, some can’t run or jog in later life and so walking may be the best substitute for them to keep moving. Walking is simply poetry in motion.

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John Lee (author, Walking Vancouver – Wilderness Press, 2009)

We didn’t have a car in my family when I was growing up, so I learned the value of walking everywhere from my father — Walking Vancouver is dedicated to him. I discovered from an early age that the “slow travel” approach of strolling means you always learn more about the place you’re visiting: you stop to read the plaques on statues, notice the architecture above storefront level and meet locals along the way who often have stories about their neighborhoods.

Tell us why you love walking!

And while you’re at it, check out all the titles from the bestselling the Walking Series, by Wilderness Press.



About the Author

is happiest when he's on the move, whether by foot, pedal, or some other form of alternative transportation. Hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing demand his outdoor attention at all times. Now, as editor and contributor to, they demand his indoor attention, as well.

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