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Ready, Set, Hike! Are you prepared?
by Staff
Hiking is a great way to find peace of mind and an awesome way to commune with nature. But there's more to know than just putting one foot in front of the other. Take this quiz and see if you have what it takes to climb to the top of the mountain.

What is the beginning of a trail called?

  • bivy
  • trailhead
  • drumlin
  • high point

Which set of mountains in the United States is known for its 46 "High Peaks?"

  • Green Mountains
  • Adirondack Mountains
  • Smokey Mountains
  • Rocky Mountains

What is the area above a tree line called?

  • chimney
  • alpine zone
  • break trail
  • notch

Which statement best describes “backcountry camping?"

  • camping within sight of a lake
  • camping without the use of tent sites
  • camping without bringing your own food
  • camping along the edges of a steep gorge

Which word below best describes metal spikes strapped to a pair of boots?

  • needle
  • crampon
  • pinton
  • post-hole

Which state is famous for its “Presidential Range” of mountains?

  • Vermont
  • California
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine

What is the name of the trail that takes hikers from Maine to Georgia?

  • East Coast Trail
  • Blue Mountain Trail
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Bright Angel Trail

What is the name of the trail that takes hikers from Utah to Mexico?

  • Appalachian Trail
  • Arizona Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Bright Angel Trail

Which of the following best describes a cairn?

  • pile of fire wood at a campsite
  • climbing tool
  • mountain peak
  • pile of stones used to mark a trail

What is “highpointing?”

  • Hiking the tallest peak in a chain of mountains.
  • Setting up camp at the highest elevation along a trail.
  • Pointing to the tallest peaks in a chain of mountains.
  • A sport where hikers try to climb as many high elevation points as possible.

How many walls does a lean-to have?

  • three at the most
  • four
  • none
  • one

What does a hiker mean when he or she says they have to "orient themselves?"

  • They can tell their position on a trail by looking at the various landmarks.
  • When a hiker orients themselves, they are looking for a way to get back on the trail.
  • use the sun as a navigation tool
  • use a map and compass

What is the name of the 2,650-mile (4,265-kilometer) trail that runs from Mexico to Washington State?

  • Bright Angel Trail
  • Arizona Trail
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail

Which U.S. vice president was hiking in the Adirondacks when he was told President William McKinley was dying?

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Al Gore
  • Dick Cheney
  • Chester Arthur

Which of the following is one of the most important things a hiker needs?

  • rain gear
  • hand warmers
  • boots
  • dry socks

What is a “bounce box?”

  • It allows you to send ahead items you’ll need periodically but don’t want to carry.
  • A mail box on the trail.
  • A place to meet follow hikers.
  • It allows a hiker a way to send e-mails to his friends.

How much food should a hiker carry each day he is out on the trail?

  • 1.5 to 2 pounds of high-calorie food
  • 3 pounds
  • 10 pounds
  • 15 pounds

What is the best definition of “leave no trace?”

  • Don't defecate by a water source.
  • Keeping your destination secret from friends.
  • Removing from the wilderness anything that you bring on a hiking trip.
  • Erasing actual footprints from the trail.

What is a “blaze?”

  • an out of control forest fire
  • a rectangle of paint posted in a prominent place along the trail to guide the hiker
  • a campsite where you can light a fire
  • another name for a cairn

What is “peak bagging?”

  • hiking as many notable peaks as possible
  • hiking as many trails as possible
  • hiking in as many states as possible
  • hiking as many peaks as possible in a year