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Hiking Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

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Hiking Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is Hiking?
A: Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks.

On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word "walking" is acceptable to describe what?
A: All forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps.

The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with what?
A: Rambling, hillwalking, and fell walking.

The term bushwalking is endemic to what country?
A: Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927.

In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called what?
A: Tramping.

It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest what?
A: That all forms of walking have health benefits.

In the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and United Kingdom, hiking means what?
A: Walking outdoors on a trail, or off trail, for recreational purposes.

 
A day hike refers to what?
A: A hike that can be completed in a single day.

However, in the United Kingdom, the word walking is also used, as well as rambling, while walking in mountainous areas is called what?
A: Hillwalking.

What is bushwhacking?
A: Walking through dense forest, undergrowth, or bushes, where forward progress requires pushing vegetation aside.

In extreme cases of bushwhacking, where the vegetation is so dense that human passage is impeded, what is used to clear a pathway?
A: A machete.

The Australian term bushwalking refers to what?
A: Both on and off-trail hiking.

What are common terms for hiking used by New Zealanders?
A: Tramping (particularly for overnight and longer trips), walking or bushwalking.

Trekking is the preferred word used to describe multi-day hiking in the mountainous regions of what countries?
A: India, Pakistan, Nepal, North America, South America, Iran, and the highlands of East Africa.

 
Hiking a long-distance trail from end-to-end is also referred to as trekking and as what in some places?
A: Thru-hiking.

In North America, multi-day hikes, usually with camping, are referred to as what?
A: Backpacking.

When did the idea of taking a walk in the countryside for pleasure develop?
A: In the 18th century, and arose because of changing attitudes to the landscape and nature associated with the Romantic movement.

In earlier times walking generally indicated what?
A: Poverty and was also associated with vagrancy.

Thomas West, an English priest, popularized the idea of walking for pleasure in what?
A: In his guide to the Lake District of 1778.

In the introduction he wrote that he aimed to encourage what?
A: The taste of visiting the lakes by furnishing the traveler with a Guide.

To this end he included various 'stations' or viewpoints around the lakes, from which tourists would be encouraged to enjoy what?
A: The views in terms of their aesthetic qualities.

 
Published in 1778 the book was a what?
A: A major success.

Another famous early exponent of walking for pleasure, was what English poet?
A: William Wordsworth.

In 1790 he embarked on an extended tour of France, Switzerland, and Germany, a journey subsequently recorded in what?
A: His long autobiographical poem The Prelude (1850).

His famous poem Tintern Abbey was inspired by a visit to what?
A: The Wye Valley made during a walking tour of Wales in 1798 with his sister Dorothy Wordsworth.

Wordsworth's friend Coleridge was another keen walker and in the autumn of 1799, he and Wordsworth undertook a what?
A: A three week tour of the Lake District.

John Keats, who belonged to the next generation of Romantic poets began what in June 1818?
A: A walking tour of Scotland, Ireland, and the Lake District with his friend Charles Armitage Brown.

More and more people undertook walking tours through the 19th century, of which the most famous is probably what?
A: Robert Louis Stevenson's journey through the Cévennes in France with a donkey, recorded in his Travels with a Donkey (1879).

 
Stevenson also published in 1876 what famous essay?
A: "Walking Tours".

What book is an early American example of a book that describes an extended walking tour by naturalist John Muir?
A: A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916), a posthumous published account of a long botanizing walk, undertaken in 1867.

Due to industrialization in England, people began to migrate to the cities where living standards were what?
A: Often cramped and unsanitary.

They would escape the confines of the city by doing what?
A: Rambling about in the countryside.

However, the land in England, particularly around the urban areas of Manchester and Sheffield, was privately owned and trespass was what?
A: Illegal.

Rambling clubs soon sprang up in the north and began politically campaigning for what?
A: The legal 'right to roam'.

One of the first such clubs, was 'Sunday Tramps' founded by whom in 1879?
A: Leslie White.

 
Access to Mountains bills, that would have legislated the public's 'right to roam' across some private land, were periodically presented to Parliament from 1884 to 1932 without what?
A: Success.

Finally, in 1932, the Rambler’s Right Movement organized a what?
A: A mass trespass on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire.

Despite attempts on the part of the police to prevent the trespass from going ahead it was successfully achieved due to what?
A: Massive publicity.

However the Mountain Access Bill that was passed in 1939 was opposed by many walkers' organizations, including The Ramblers, who felt that it did not what?
A: Sufficiently protect their rights, and it was eventually repealed.

The effort to improve access led after World War II to what?
A: The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, and in 1951 to the creation of the first national park in the UK, the Peak District National Park.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 considerably extended the right to what?
A: To roam in England and Wales.

An early example of an interest in hiking in the United States, is Abel Crawford and his son Ethan's clearing of a what?
A: A trail to the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire in 1819.

 
This 8.5 mile path is the oldest what?
A: Continually used hiking trail in the United States.

The influence of British and European Romanticism reached North America through what?
A: The transcendentalist movement.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) and Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) were important influences on what?
A: On the outdoors movement in North America.

Thoreau's writing on nature and on walking include what posthumously published book?
A: "Walking" (1862)".

His earlier essay "A Walk to Wachusett" (1842) describes what?
A: A four-day walking tour Thoreau took with a companion from Concord, Massachusetts to the summit of Mount Wachusett, Princeton, Massachusetts and back.

In 1876 the Appalachian Mountain Club, America’s earliest recreation organization, was founded to do what?
A: To protect the trails and mountains in the northeastern United States.

The Scottish-born, American naturalist John Muir (1838 –1914), was another important early advocate of what?
A: The preservation of wilderness in the United States.

 
He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed when?
A: In 1890, establishing Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now what?
A: One of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.

He is today referred to as what?
A: The "Father of the National Parks".

In 1916, what was created to protect national parks and monuments?
A: The National Park Service.