The first clue I had a problem was that, after two months, I hadn’t unpacked any boxes because I was waiting for a rainy day – not fully comprehending I had moved to a desert. Then there was the issue that I had no social life.
After moving to Salt Lake City I noticed that, now that I had a glorious supply of trails within minutes of my home, I’d become obsessed with hiking them. I spent every moment I wasn’t working out on the trail. Granted, I did meet one nice group of folks on the trail to White Pine Lake.
As time passed, it became obvious I was still lacking in local knowledge. I hadn’t visited nearby Park City or even ventured across town. However, I had steadily picked away at the best local hikes and new the trailheads well. “Hmmmm,” I thought, “my life is a little out of balance.” There were a few patterns that clued me in, which you might identify with too. Yes, some are unique to my gender and such, but you’ll get the idea!
Signs that you too may be hiking obsessed:
- You have three or more packs hanging near the door for different occasions.
- You own more trail shoes than street shoes.
- Your shirts have thin spots where the daypack rubs your side.
- You plan your social life around bad weather when you can’t hike.
- You scan online dating profiles for “hiking” as a keyword.
- The pedicurist books a double-long appointment when you call.
- You’ve lived in a new town for nearly six months and can’t find your way to Costco, yet locals call you for trail advice.
If you display three or more of the above behaviors there is a good chance that you may suffer from good health, a positive outlook on life, and a number of other possible symptoms that your doctor and/or therapist won’t find profitable.
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