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Sun reflecting off the ice

As new year begins, many hikers take time to reflect on the past year,2011 and what it was for them. Hikers remember the trails they hiked, the people they have meet, those incredible photos taken and those special memories.

It is now time to plan and prepare for the 2012 season… 1) One of the first things I like to do is review my equipment & its condition, do a complete  inventory and see what is needed to purchase for this year. Looks like it will be a new pair of boots and daypack,  2)  Develop a fitness plan for the winter and spring as well set kilometre goals for 2012.  I know that to stay in shape I need to do so many kilometres each year but I am careful not to become a fitness hiker where I miss those special moments with nature & photos. I have set a lofty goal of 1000 kms in 2012, 3) Improve my photography & creative skills  with the camera and take more 5 stars pictures.

Ice in the brook

And finally, 4) Develop a wish list of a new trails and challenges to explore. These include a) the hike a 100 km  for the Hikers Distance Award at the Hike the Highlands festival,  b) Complete the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge ( hike 3 mountains in one day on Saturday, July 21, 2012,  c) hike Snowdon Mountain, Wales, the last of the UK 3 Peaks Challenge mountains to hike, d) East Coast Trail in Newfoundland and Labrador, and e) Cape Chignecto.  Other challenges on my list include Ride for Diabetes in June at Little Bras d”Or, , Cycling the Confederation Trail (300 km) in PEI and doing the Not Since Moses 10k/5k Walk & Run event.

Wow it certainly plans to be a busy year….Have you started planning your schedule for hiking in 2012 ?  I wish all hikers happiness, good health and lots of hiking in 2012.

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Walking in Wales website breaks the country down into three areas – Long Distance National Trails, Walking areas  and regional routes. Each are unique and have something to offer to the hiker. Also included on this website are packaged holidays and guided walks.

There are three long distance national trails – a) Pembrokeshire  Coast – 186 miles, 10-15 days to hike, b) Offas Dyke  Path – 177 miles, 12 days to complete ,and Glyndwrs Way – 135 miles and 9 days to complete.   Some other national trails include Hadrian’s Wall – 135 kms, 7 days to complete,  Cleveland Way – 177 kms, 9 days to complete,  Pennine Way – 429 km – 16 days to complete,  Cotswold Way – 163 kms, 7 days to complete,  North Downs Way – 246 kms and 14 days to complete.  Below is a short video on Wales.

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