I really like hiking. There are lots of reasons why, but I think the most important is mental. My life is a bit stressful at the moment. I have a lot of responsibilities at work and home, and it's hard to find the time to do everything I need to do.
But hiking lets me put all of that on hold, and when I travel to a place like the White Mountains or anywhere along the Appalachian Trail, the immensity and majesty of the backcountry reminds me how insignificant my issues really are in comparison.
It's hard for me to describe what a relief this provides. It's a lot like the feeling of calm and serenity that I feel after meditating for an hour or more, but it lasts a lot longer.
How about you? Why do you hike?