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Posted on November 3, 2010
Two weeks ago we asked the hiking community to answer a question on our blog in order to score a sweet new pair of Hi-Tec’s new Yeti II 200i. After a number of entries, our staff easily selected a winner this morning.
Congratulations to Bill Hengst! In response to our question – Where will your new Hi-Tec boots take you and why? – he shared his journey to an athletic lifestyle with us. We applaud his positive attitude and his eagerness to explore new trails. Read his story below.
I tend to think of myself as an accidental hiker. Seriously … I was probably hiking for a good month or so before I even realized that I was (actually hiking that is). Silly me … I thought I was walking.
I had just turned 40, and to be honest, years and years of a sedentary lifestyle combined with too many bad habits and far too much bad food had begun to take its toll. Simply put I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. So, I turned off the television and headed outside.
I began a daily walking regimen. Not far, 2 or 3 miles after work … maybe 5 on the weekends. Soon two turned into five, and five turned into ten. I was becoming bored just walking around my neighborhood. I mean really … how many times can you walk down the same street?
So, I began walking along the North Shore Bike Path, which stretches about 16 miles from Mundelein to Lake Bluff. It was near my house and offered more scenery than my subdivision, that’s for sure! But far more than that, it introduced me to the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway which spans 31 miles from just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border to Deerfield and connects a chain of 10 forest preserves in Lake County Illinois and thousands of acres of land.
I began regularly posting the mileage I was racking up, along with pictures of the breathtaking scenery I was encountering on my walks to my Facebook page. One day someone commented on all of my posts about my recent hiking. Up until this point I had never thought of what I was doing as hiking; I was still thinking of it as walking, just in a more scenic venue. But I was hiking, and I realized it that day. Without gadgets, without gear … without even a pair of hiking boots, I was hiking!
So, in answer to your question “Where will your new Hi-Tec boots take you and why?” A top-notch pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots will take me down longer trails. Harder trails. A top-notch pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots means more elevation. More miles. In fact with a top-notch pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots, the idea of hiking through the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail seems more appealing than daunting.
Very inspiring. Thank you to everyone who participated. Keep an eye out for more free boots contests later this month!