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  1. John Dickson
    March 31, 2013

    Best I’ve ever heard is that the difference is on a hike you can pee anywhere you want.

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    • Diana
      August 4, 2014

      Ha,thats one good way to sum it up. I like that idea. Thanks

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  2. Carl C.
    March 31, 2013

    Apparently…the Author of THIS article has never “walked” about downtown San Francisco and that General Area. It is MORE STRENUOUS than Hiking !
    That’s why tourists RIDE the Cable-Cars !
    Ha-Ha !!!

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  3. Chris
    September 1, 2016

    Haha, it’s funny when people make stuff up. Hiking is subjective. Pace is relative and who is to say how much elevation is required to qualify your walk as a hike. Also, there are plenty of hiking trails that have paved areas and even stairs. And what if I am wearing a t-shirt and board shorts? All of a sudden, it’s just a walk?

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  4. Jennifer
    October 31, 2016

    Hiking and camping don’t always go hand-in-hand. You can go on a day hike without camping. You can also go camping without hiking. Hiking mixed with camping is backpacking.

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  5. abd
    January 22, 2017

    it’s very useful for me

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  6. Philip Baker
    August 9, 2019

    As someone who has been professionally involved in designing, selling and leading walking holidays in the UK for many years, I was interested to read this article about the difference between walking and hiking in the USA. You might be surprised to learn that the word ‘hiking’ barely exists in the UK. Walking is by far the most popular sport or leisure activity in the UK, and there are many walking companies and some excellent walking magazines – but the word hiking never occurs.

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    • Trev Hill
      September 18, 2019

      I assume that’s a generational thing.

      In my younger days the term was used: we had hiking boots, we told annoying people to “take a hike” etc

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    • Neil Hough
      November 11, 2019

      As someone who has lived in the UK all their life and was a Scout Leader for 20 years I’m frankly amazed that anyone would say that the word hiking is almost unknown here! It’s in common useage… Hiking boots, hike camping, hitch hiking…

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  7. Trev Hill
    September 18, 2019

    Funny, pony-trekking often involves going up and down mountains, hitch-hiking involves flat roads.

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