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Hike Your Own Hike

Hike Your Own Hike (HYOH) is the expression that backpackers and hikers use to express the philosophy of experiencing your hike or trip on your own terms. Many backpackers and hikers have their own styles, rules and techniques they use on the trail. Often used as an exhortation to encourage other hikers that they should not worry about what others on the trail are doing, but should trust and use their own judgment and technique.

Common themes where remembering to use and trust your own judgment so that you can hike your own hike are daily mileage, type of gear used, weight of gear, types of food eaten, pace and personal comfort and safety level and other areas where personal preference is important.

Hiking your own hike can also have safety implications, as someone that is maintaining a pace beyond their physical ability to keep up with faster partners on the trail, may very likely become ill or severely fatiqued. The same is true for total daily miles or overall energy output during a trip. We all have different physical abilities and skill levels.

 

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