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Trip Doctor: How Can I Get My Spouse to Go Hiking With Me?

Pretty pictures and promises of a trade might get unenthusiastic spouses out the door.

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First, never utter these phrases: 23-mile day, ramen stroganoff, experimental tarp system. Then, after a glass of wine, pull out the map and photos (touting moderate trails, waterfalls, romantic views), and a weather forecast that promises a good highlight-to-hardship ratio. Finally, offer to spend a weekend enjoying your partner’s favorite activity. That’s the advice from Randy and Sheri Propster, our Get Out More road crew, after polling hikers at the 50 backpacking clinics they’ve conducted since March.