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▪ In the mountains you’ll need some strong walking boots.
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Hike \Hike\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hiked; p. pr. & vb. n. Hiking.] [Cf. Hitch.]

  1. To move with a swing, toss, throw, jerk, or the like.

  2. To raise with a quick movement.

  3. To raise (a price) quickly or significantly in a single step. They hiked gasoline prices twenty cents in less than a week.

  4. (Football) To pass (the ball) from the center to the quarterback at the start of the play; to snap (the ball).


n. walking in the countryside for pleasure or sport vb. (present participle of hike English)


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. The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling (a slightly old-fashioned term), hillwalking, and fell walking (a term mostly used for hillwalking in northern England). In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.

Hiking (sailing)

In sailing, hiking (stacking or stacking out in New Zealand) is the action of moving the crew's body weight as far to windward (upwind) as possible, in order to decrease the extent the boat heels (leans away from the wind). By moving the crew's weight to windward, the moment of that force around the boat's center of buoyancy is increased. This opposes the heeling moment of the wind pushing sideways against the boat's sails. It is usually done by leaning over the edge of the boat as it heels. Some boats are fitted with equipment such as hiking straps (or toe straps) and trapezes to make hiking more effective.

Hiking is most integral to catamaran and dinghy sailing, where the lightweight boat can be easily capsized or turtled by the wind unless the sailor counteracts the wind's pressure by hiking, or eases the sails to reduce it. The heavy keel on larger keelboats means that it is rare to capsize them due to wind alone, but keelboat racers will still hike to prevent unnecessary heeling, or leaning sideways to leeward, because the more vertical in the water the keel is, the more effective it is at keeping the boat moving in a forward direction and preventing it from drifting to leeward, slowing the boat due to drag, and potentially increasing the distance the boat must sail when beating. Improper heel creates a tendency for the boat to turn off course, necessitating a correction with the rudder, which also increases drag. Sails use wind most efficiently when they are at a proper heel, another reason for controlling heel.

Usage examples of "hiking".

Monday, May 18 0100 hours Sharp cliff Near Amoy, China The SEALS kept hiking down the hill beside the sharp cliff.

Perhaps the hardest part about hiking the Appalachian Trail is getting on to it, nowhere more than at its ends.

The fact Marrakech was a Berber city and he was the only person in the section to speak rudimentary Chleuh, the side effect of a not-so-long-gone summer spent hiking in the High Atlas, was purely coincidental.

It was well prepared in advance, with soldiers carrying heavy loads on packboards hiking up the trails from the seacoast and from the short distance up the river that could be navigated by flat-bottomed boats.

Such was the unfortunate fate of Richard Salinas, who in 1990 went hiking with a friend in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

I had already done a little hiking to the west around Rangeley and Flagstaff Lakes, in the week before Katz came, as a kind of reconnoiter, so I felt as if I knew the terrain.

The cab dropped us at Rockfish Gap, southern gateway to Shenandoah National Park, our last long stretch of hiking before we ended part one of our big adventure.

At Rockfish Gap there is a tollbooth manned by rangers where motorists have to pay an entrance fee and thru-hikers have to acquire a backcountry hiking permit.

He had on blue jeans, a jean jacket with a sheepskin collar, dark leather gloves, and hiking boots.

Instead of looking for them, I think that if we simply start hiking, then warriors, hunters, or sentries of the Cherusci tribe are likely to find us.

Upper Eldridge, but we should be able to block any retreat he attempts by hiking down Miller to Northside and waiting there.

In a couple of hours, they had dungarees, light wool coats and khaki jackets, new lightweight cotton underwear, two pairs of hiking boots apiece and six pairs of wool socks, bush hats, two new belts, two all-purpose hunting knives and two pocketknives, and two compasses.

Shoved my feet in unlaced hiking boots, the ones I wore on Sunday, when I hiked alone in the Hellish Hills, down by the Southside Scarp.

Scrimmage, once again wearing her sweater, jeans, and hiking boots, stood with the Sturgeons, proudly watching as the star mingled politely with her students, shaking hands and signing autograph books.

He was wearing jeans and hiking boots and a short-sleeved chambray shirt that revealed the muscularity of his arms.