Editor's Note: Don't Rush Through Summertime

Yeah, going fast can be great. But this summer, slow down to savor the little things.
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Sunrise in west Texas

Sunrise in west Texas

Over the past few months, strong hikers across the U.S. have knocked over speed record after speed record. In April, Jeff Garmire set a new fastest known time for the Arizona Trail, blazing through its 800 miles in less than 16 days. This month saw a pair of New Yorkers break the record for summiting the Adirondacks' high peaks, a New Hampshire hiker wrap up an epic, 319-day quest to top the 48 highest peaks in the White Mountains in every month of the year, and Garmire set another FKT, this time for the Long Trail.

I love to go fast. These days, I trail run as much as I hike: Between taking care of a new baby and working a job that I take home more nights than not, it feels like the only way I can make miles in the handful of free hours I have every week. But this summer, I'm making a conscious effort to go slow.

If going fast and light is like getting a birds-eye view of the landscape as you zoom over it, going slow is like getting the worm's perspective. Details that usually go by in a blur start to stand out: tiny blossoms, butterflies, clifftop lookouts hidden behind the trees. This season, I've unearthed berry patches in the underbrush and watched from my lounging spot under a boulder while a fox stalked mice through the tall grass.

Hiking's a luxury, and having the time to mosey through it even more so. This month, we've got an editor-approved adventure on the Lost Coast, a luxury camp shower review from our Gear Editor Eli Bernstein, and a member story that proves the tough trips can be as valuable as the successful ones. Read on, and find your own inspiration to explore summer's nooks and crannies.