Native Seedling

Hiking in style


“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices” is the motto of many an outdoor educator. On a recent vacation to the mountains of West Virginia, I found myself bemused (and sometimes amused) by the clothing choices of my fellow hikers and family members.

My brother, trained in Search and Rescue, prepared for rugged terrain with Teva waterproof sandals, cargo pants, and a lifetime supply of paracord. My father-in-law prepped with yoga and meditation, then bounded along the trails barefoot. Mom hit the trail in a splashy floral button-down, carefully applied make-up, and Keds. Following suit, our preschooler insisted on a flouncy dress accentuated by a purple velour pocketbook and sparkly pink shoes.

Bottom line? Don’t stress over the gear, just get outside. It’s the enthusiasm and camaraderie of your fellow hikers that really counts.

by Jenny Houghton
Youth Program Director