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 Gift suggestions for someone who needs to walk more. 
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 Gift suggestions for someone who needs to walk more.
I need some help figuring out what to get my Dad for Christmas. He is overweight and his doctor wants him to start walking daily. Any ideas about gifts I can get him to encourage this? Any gear suggestions?

For Father's Day, I did get him the AMC hiking guide for the Catskills (where my parents live) but I think this might be too ambitious for him.

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Something like Yak Tracks or Stabilicers would make walking in winter more pleasant/possible.

If he has a hint of a competitive nature in his blood, you could always get him a pedometer (that would hopefully encourage him to walk more and more each day).

A bit more on the pricey side, but if he doesn't have an ipod already that might make his walking a lot more enjoyable!

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How about a GPS for geocaching?


Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:17 pm
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Maybe the next time you are in the Lincoln area, swing by the Mountain Wanderer Bookstore. You mentioned the Catskill guide, but Steve may have other books and resources that may spur your Father's interest. Tracking books, Tree ID books and maybe some historical books may ring a bell.

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Maybe the next time you are in the Lincoln area, swing by the Mountain Wanderer Bookstore. You mentioned the Catskill guide, but Steve may have other books and resources that may spur your Father's interest. Tracking books, Tree ID books and maybe some historical books may ring a bell.


I gave him Not Without Peril and he chewed through that in a day. But I want to get him up off the sofa.

He follows my hiking very closely, so it's clear to me he is at least interested in hiking. I think getting motivated when you are in as bad a shape as he is is difficult.

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I don't know about you, but I like the ideas about the pedometer and the plant/tree/bird ID books. What if you got one o them fancy schmancy pedometers that not only indicates distance but also calories burned, etc.? That might be incentive.

Also, how often do you get to visit? Perhaps a coupon book w/"I will hike w/you along the XYZ Trail" or "I'll join you for a walk on the bikpath at ..."? Time w/his daughter might be incentive and if you write it down, it is more likely to happen. Even if it's something like "I'll buy the coffee after 20 laps around the mall on Father's Day" or something similar.

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Just a suggestion, Go into the Catskill guidebook and create a "red-line" type of goal for him. Give him say 15 easy hikes and 10 moderate hikes. Nothing hard, and with maybe a nice reward like a waterfall or a viewpoint. Tell him upon completion, you'll take him out to dinner. This may require a little bit of research on your part but if he gets hooked on the easy stuff, it may push him to harder goals. A walking stick / staff may be a good idea too.

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Dogs need to be walked at least twice a day.....

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Kathy wrote:
Also, how often do you get to visit? Perhaps a coupon book w/"I will hike w/you along the XYZ Trail" or "I'll join you for a walk on the bikpath at ..."? Time w/his daughter might be incentive and if you write it down, it is more likely to happen. Even if it's something like "I'll buy the coffee after 20 laps around the mall on Father's Day" or something similar.


That's a good idea, and that might work. He does like it when we come visit. :)

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Dogs need to be walked at least twice a day.....


My brother and I have tossed that idea around for years. But my mother would MURDER us.

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Anna Banana wrote:
I gave him Not Without Peril and he chewed through that in a day. But I want to get him up off the sofa.


Interesting choice of reading material for someone you're hoping will start hiking ;) It was almost enough for me to not want to hike Washington ever (thankfully that passed).

There's always Bill Bryson's "Walk in the Woods" and Robert Alden Rubin's "On the Beaten Path" - both about hiking the AT, but both are about older guys who weren't in great shape but managed to get into hiking and finish a significant portion (or all) of the AT. They're both great reads to boot.

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Wii with the fitness or Biggest Loser games. You can even do them online together if you both have one. Maybe the next best thing to actually going out for a walk or to the gym, especially in the winter.

Also A Walk In The Woods is a great read as mentioned.


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A long time ago, my mom came to me with a somewhat
concerned look on her face and asked, "What do you think
about including Dad on your next hike? He really needs to
get off the couch and get his blood circulating. And don't
tell him I asked you." So I said to my Dad: "You've got to
see Mount Monadnock in NH. It's great." To my surprise,
he said yes. Keep in mind he had never done any hiking in
his entire life. He was a bit worried about the climb, but I told
him, "Dad, you can set the pace we hike at. And feel free to
take as many breaks as you like."

Well, he did just fine for someone who had never hiked.
And he liked the hike so much he joined me on a couple
other hikes on the A.T. that year (1993).

17 years later, well into his seventies, he still talks about
how much he enjoyed Mount Monadnock. 8) So I guess the
lesson here is that, if you pitch a real enthusastic invitation
to your father about an awesome hiking destination, he will
subsequently also become enthusiastic and want to take you
up on your hiking offer (even if he's never hiked, as I
found out). I'm sure you'll find a way to get your dad
enthusiastic about getting some exercise, Anne.

My Dad on the White Arrow Trail, Mt. Monadnock
(his first-ever hike) May 1993
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If you want take your dad on an easy hike in the
Catskills, I highly recommend doing the hike up to
North Point (IMO, one of the great viewpoints in all of
the Catskills). Not much elevation gain on that one.
http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.as ... HGN205-047

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What a nice thing you did taking your Dad. That is a memory you will always have. Very nice. LOVE the pics. He looks like he is having fun!

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Hmmm ... I think I'm going to try to figure a way to slide this thread by my kids 8)

Kelly's idea of yaktrax or other traction was the first thing that I thought of too. The older and/or heavier you get, the scarier ice is!

I LOVE Kathy's coupon book idea & WD's story.

There is no 'thing' that matters as much as having one of my kids interested in doing something with me.

I like Laurie's suggestion about geocaching, too. Might not even need a gps, and it might be something he could do more or less locally. I think there are clubs and meetups etc you could research maybe finding out whether there are any nearby & whether there is a newbies' startup kit or some such ...

I found A Walk in the Woods very inspiring. Still reflect on it sometimes when I'm hiking.

Does he have a decent camera & bag? A picasa or similar account?
Doesnt have to be a DSLR (in fact might be better if it is NOT - due to size, hassle, cost). But it should have enough controls to intrigue and maybe challenge his creativity...
I've found my camera to be surprisingly motivating - looking back on pictures, thinking of the next pictures, catching pictures of family while hiking. Above all, it changes my perception - I've started to see details and perspectives that I did not notice before, which makes even a mundane walk much more interesting...

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