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Day: December 11, 2017

Hiking Vs Trekking – The Differences

The terms seem to be used interchangeably on many websites and travel books. It becomes even more confusing when some companies sell their boots as ‘trekking boots’ and then proceed to state that they can be used on long hikes. And when is a walk a trek and when is it a hike? It becomes even more confusing when the word trekking is used to refer to the ascent of a mountain, like Island Peak or Mera Peak in Nepal, both over 6000m and both requiring the use of technical climbing gear. How can they be called ‘trekking peaks?’

The term ‘hiking’ is often used to refer to day walks in natural surroundings, on clearly marked paths. It is undertaken for leisure, recreation and the purpose of exercise. A small day pack is used to carry water, light weight fleece and snacks. In places such as Canada and New Zealand, the term is often used interchangeably with rambling, hill walking or tramping.

‘Trekking’, by contrast is considered to be more strenuous, covers greater distances across varying terrains, and requires camping over night and carrying heavy packs with food, sleeping bags and gear. The term is actually derived from the Afrikaans work, trek, which comes from the Dutch word, trecken, referring to a lengthy and arduous journey over vast distances and often, unchartered ground. It is often associated with the migration of people across land from one area to another.

Does this mean then that if a day hike is difficult, over rough ground and through thick forest with no paths, that it is a trek? In Australia, they would call this bushwhacking, and in other places they call it stamping. When you visit the Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda or Uganda, it is a one day hike, but through dense forest, over very uneven and difficult terrain. No wonder there is so much confusion.

But let us not end the confusion there. Anyone who has tried to take out travel insurance to cover their ‘trekking’ or ‘hiking’ trip, will have discovered that these activities are often listed as ‘hazardous pursuits’. In fact, some insurance companies even lump terms like hiking and mountaineering together as through they can be used interchangeably or are synonymous The there are other companies who classify any hikes over an altitude of 2000m as mountaineering. Sorry Scotland, but it means that your famous peak, Ben Nevis (1352m), is not a mountain after all but simply a trekking peak?

Perhaps the best way to look at it is that a trek is generally completed over several days made up of hiking, hill walking, tramping and bushwhacking.

At the end of the day, does it really matter? It is all about semantics and interpretation. The most important thing is that you enjoy it.…

Why Personal Development Blog?

My personal development journey started around 2008 when I got involved with network marketing or multi level marketing business here in Singapore. (I started this blog around May 2009) This was further reinforced when I was exposed to Jim Rohn's philosophies. From then on, I have lived by his philosophy on "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job." This changed my perspective in life as day by day, I got excited in developing my skills in communication and building relationships. I was a voracious reader of books and a student of life and people. Another related philosophy by Jim Rohn, "Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." I believe this is true and that's why I was committed to a never ending personal development.

Here are some benefits that I have experienced:

  1. Direction – Before I just let the days passed by, but now I make sure to learn from the day. I've learned how to set goals and priorities in life to distinguish minor and major activities. It helped my personal responsibility to take charge of myself instead of engaging in petty discussion about whining, blaming, and excuses.
  2. Self-esteem – I've learned to love myself and feel good about myself. Itave me a sense of confidence to achieve things that I set my mind to. This is where I learned to shape my values, beliefs and philosophies.
  3. Association – it helped me connect to like minded positive people. The law of attraction really works as I was able to meet highly successful businessmen, entrepreneurs, best selling authors, and life coaches both offline and online. My attitude is greatly shaped from the influence and association of people with high values. Get around people who have something of value to share with you.
  4. Relationship – Aside from a better relationship with myself, my relationship with my family and friends dramatically improved. I've been always consistent to say "I love you" to my wife and my son. You see, if I improved myself ten times, imagined how much will it affect my family and friends. It was so inspiring to hear from friends that I was able to help them with their lives. I tend to listen and be more interested than talking a lot.
  5. Discipline – I must say that this word bridges the gap between goals and accomplishment. A good example is a practice of a healthy lifestyle. I developed a conscious thought about the food that I eat, or a regular jog around the block, or an aerobic exercise in my room.
  6. Spiritual – Most of the personal development or motivational experts that I listened or read to, have a strong faith in God. They even used the bible in their teachings. What more, joining a religious community even increased my faith further.
  7. Integrity – I am still a learner in this field yet it is the most important of all values. Trust is based on integrity and being able