Hike vs Climb

I used to think that the meaning of hike is ‘climb’ but to a lower altitude.  I mean you climb a mountain but you hike a slope or hill.  So whenever friends invited me ‘Let’s go for a hike’, I’d cringe and I’d show the look that said ‘Go find somebody else!’.  Reason being I really don’t like climbing, I hate it – mountains, hills, stairs.

It was many years later that I realized I was wrong.  The true meaning of the word ‘to hike’ according to Merriem Webster is :  (a)  to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise  (b)  to travel by any means  (c)  to traverse

Yes – as simple as that – a hike means a pleasurable walk.

So now, whenever friends tell me,  ‘Let’s hike around the lake’ or ‘Let’s take a hike in the desert’ or ‘You want to go hiking at ……..?”  I know I will never say to them ‘Go take a hike!’

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(Other meanings associated with hike is ‘to suddenly increase the cost, amount, or level of something, to pull or lift something, such as yourself or part of your clothing, with a quick movement)

 

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