This website is for Tom McCarthy‘s hiking classes at Foothill College.
Hiking classes are offered every quarter in the Physical Education department of Foothill.
Tom teaches these classes in the Winter, Spring and Fall quarters.
This is one of the most enjoyable classes at Foothill. And Tom is one of the nicest teachers.
You will be introduced to some of the best parks in the San Francisco peninsula. These protected open spaces contribute significantly to the quality of life of Silicon Valley.
One of the local trails we will visit is Palo Alto Baylands. Slideshow of Baylands images:
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What is hiking?
Below is a collection of hiking-related terminologies from Wikipedia.
In the United States and United Kingdom, hiking refers to walking outdoors on a trail for recreational purposes.
A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day–not requiring an overnight camp.
Multi-day hikes with camping are referred to as backpacking.
In the United Kingdom hiking is usually called rambling or simply walking.
Bushwhacking specifically refers to difficult 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, a machete is used to clear a pathway. Foothill College does not offer bushwhacking classes.
Australians use the term bushwalking for both on- and off-trail hiking.
New Zealanders use tramping (particularly for overnight and longer trips), walking or bushwalking.
Multi-day hiking in the mountainous regions of India, Pakistan, Nepal, North America, South America, Iran and in the highlands of East Africa is also called trekking.