One of my favorite hobbies is trekking. I love the mountains. I love reaching the peak and seeing everything below. It gives great fulfillment and a actually good activity to release stress and frustrations.
So what is trekking really?
Let’s first define the terms (with the help of my best buddy, Wikipedia) to have a better understanding what trekking is.
Mountaineering – the sport of mountain climbing. While some scholars identify mountaineering-related activities as climbing (rock and ice) and trekking up mountains, others are also adding backpacking, hiking, skiing, via ferrata and wilderness activities, and still others state that mountaineering activities also include indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering.
Hiking – is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps.
Trekking/Backpacking (in US; tramping, trekking, or bushwalking in other countries)- combines hiking and camping in a single trip. A backpacker hikes into the backcountry to spend one or more nights there,and carries supplies and equipment to satisfy sleeping and eating needs (Source: http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2009/07/essay-mountaineering-vs-hiking-vs.html.)
That’s the difference between mountaineering, hiking, and trekking. Most people get confused by those terms (me included) because they almost mean the same.
Personally, it doesn’t really matter what term you use, does it? As long you reach that mountain peak then that is all that matters. Life is simple, let us not complicate things and make our lives harder than it has to be (*wink*).
So this page is about my written accounts and guides of our trekking adventures. I can say that I am still a novice trekker and still inexperienced when it comes to this outdoor activity so please forgive me if you find any mistakes in my blog entries.
Hope you find my entries helpful.