Welcome to Hiking Shtick! Just a few notes about the site and me…
What this site is…a blog about hiking/camping/backpacking gear, trips, and other related thoughts. It’s primarily a place where I can store my thoughts, reports, and reviews, while also sharing with anyone who is interested. I welcome questions and comments as long as everyone is treated respectfully.
What this site is not…a how to guide or training manual for spending time in the wild. I welcome questions and comments from beginners to seasoned walkers, but make no claims to be a leading expert in the field. There is a wealth of knowledge you can gain from other sites and great books on the subject.
Who I am…a relatively experienced hiker and backpacker, who has been walking in the wilderness long enough to know I have a lot still to learn. A regular guy with a full time job who has been going on back-country trips since the early 80’s for 2 to 7 nights (and a few longer ones). A walker with a love for the woods and a proud Scot and even prouder naturalized US citizen, like John Muir and Colin Fletcher (Welsh is close enough!).
Who I am not…an expert or industry rep, a long-distance backpacker/thru-hiker etc. There are many of those experts with a great deal of knowledge out there and I will gradually build this site to add links to several of my favorites. I also have no ties to any company or person in the industry and have purchased all my own equipment through Fall 2016. Since then, I have been a member of the Trailspace Review Corps, and occasionally get gear sent to me for independent testing.
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