We are going over various types of hikers that we meet along the trail when out enjoying nature and today we are featuring the Lifer Hiker.
The final featured hiker in our types of hikers series, fittingly, the Lifer Hiker is the embodiment of all types of hikers already mentioned. That is to say, the Lifer Hiker has at one point in there hiking career been at all of the various stages of hiker mentioned, for instance maybe they transitioned from a Hippie Hiker > Free Range Hiker > Birder Hiker. That isn’t to say that there is a ranking or starting point of types of hikers but rather a progression may occur from one type of hiker to another over time. The lifer hiker hikes so much that they have actually progressed through all types of hikers at different points in their lives and now they are simply the Lifer Hiker.
The Lifer Hiker has seen it all and been through quite a bit on the trail. They may be hiking with a Rugged, Classic or Mini Tarpestry depending on the hike and trail conditions. Of course they will know all the ins and outs of most trails at this point so they will have a very informed decision making process when choosing their desired Tarpestry for the hike. Always prepared (probably even carry a 1st aid kit with bear spray and metal weather blanket), the Lifer Hiker will have everything they need and stay pretty quiet to themselves and most likely wont necessarily have a destination in mind but will rather just start on a hike and decide along the way. The Lifer Hiker knows that anything can happen on the trail so they don’t set their expectations to high and are prepared for it all. Typically not one to offer, the Lifer Hiker will most assuredly share supplies or advice when asked upon. Don’t be afraid to engage with a Lifer Hiker, although they stay relatively quiet, they are not shy and will talk about anything you want to ask. A Lifer Hiker is a gem on the trail and are typically great people all around whether on or off the trail.