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The Ultimate Hiking Gear Quiz
by Staff
Hiking is a very healthy way to enjoy the outdoors, but you need to have the right gear. The difference between the right boots and the wrong ones, for example, can be days of painful blisters and sore feet. Do you know the things every serious hiker considers essential? Take our quiz to learn more about hiking gear.

Which of these is considered a health benefit of hiking?

  • increased hearth health
  • increased lean body mass
  • improved reflexes

Which American president was an avid hiker?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Ronald Reagan

It has been claimed that hiking provides which of these psychological benefits?

  • Hikers are happier.
  • Hikers are more caring.
  • Hikers have better relationships.

What makes hiking more difficult than walking?

  • the terrain
  • the outdoor air
  • the boots

What does the Middle English word "hicchen" mean?

  • to move in a jerky manner
  • to attach one item to the other
  • to climb

How many essential hiking items are there?

  • three
  • seven
  • 10

What is the name of the group that first put together the list of 10 essentials?

  • The Mountaineers
  • The Rough Hikers
  • The Trailers

The map you use for serious hiking should include which of these types of information?

  • the location of restaurants and hotels
  • topographic information
  • pretty colors

Which of these situations calls for hiking boots?

  • You're carrying a lot of gear.
  • You're only traveling a short distance.
  • You're hiking mostly uphill.

As a general rule you should wear what sort of footwear?

  • as light as possible
  • as form fitting as possible
  • as heavy as possible

How many pairs of socks do most hikers wear?

  • none
  • one
  • two

Which of these materials is known to absorb moisture?

  • cotton
  • wool
  • silk

What is the purpose of hiking sticks?

  • Hiking sticks help control your footing over rough terrain.
  • Hiking sticks are a navigation device.
  • Hiking sticks were designed to fight off animals along the trail.

What is the range of height for hiking sticks?

  • 12 to 33 inches
  • 24 to 55 inches
  • 36 to 77 inches

What makes flashlights better hiking tools than night vision goggles?

  • You can't read a map while wearing night vision goggles.
  • Night vision goggles are very uncomfortable.
  • Flashlights last longer than goggles.

Which of these features should a compass have?

  • a glow-in-the-dark needle
  • a clock
  • a pedometer

If you don't have any bandages, which of these materials can serve as an impromptu one?

  • clothes
  • leaves
  • animal skin

What is the term for animals that are active at night?

  • amphibious
  • crepuscular
  • nocturnal

What does the term crepuscular mean?

  • active during the day
  • active at dusk and dawn
  • active during the winter months

Before leaving for a night hike, you should make sure to do which of these?

  • Tell someone where you're planning to go.
  • Plan you're hike carefully.
  • Write a will.