Summit Steps(It’s all in the name!)
Hiking – Mountaineering – Trekking – Walking – Bushwalking – Tramping – Climbing – Wandering …. 🤨😶
In the outdoors there are many names for what we actually do that can leave people spoilt for choice & scratching their heads … we are here to help!
👣Wandering/Amble/Stroll – something you might do around your grandmothers rose garden, not much effort, no special gear requirements, also good for recovering from injury.
👣Walking/Bushwalking/Tramping/Hiking/Backpacking – each country has their own favourite word (for example you will go tramping in New Zealand; Bushwalking in Australia; Hiking in South Africa; Backpacking in the USA) and this could be single day or overnight – generally carrying a backpack large enough for the duration of the activity
👣Trekking – When Hiking/Walking/Tramping extends over multiple consecutive days then this becomes a trek. Like trekking the Inca Trail or trekking to Everest Base Camp.
👣Mountaineering – Heading up to the top of a mountain often using specialised equipment makes you a mountaineer. This can be a single day or over multiple days, and requires for example crampons and an ice axe/hammer and some skills. The entire duration of a mountain climb is an expedition and can comprise specific stages (like the rotations required on high mountains).
👣Climbing – When one is mountaineering you can be walking but once the terrain is steep enough or the conditions sufficiently complex then 4 point contact (hands and feet) & ropes will be required and this shift magically makes you a climber …. but not all climbers are mountaineers! 🤨 Vertical indoor or outdoor traditional rock climbs are also undertaken by climbers.
❓So is Kilimanjaro a trek or a climb?!
Because you walk up Kili with no specialised equipment this makes it a trek; but you do reach a high point and it’s a mountain?! Generally we say that we trek up Kilimanjaro. One Kili ascent unfortunately won’t pass you as a mountaineer just yet – but it is a serious undertaking & great beginning on the journey and path to more adventures!
But like most things in life don’t worry too much about the wrapping: simply head out into nature, breathe deep and smell the flowers! Keep On Stepping !! 👣🌺👣🌺