Telling the difference between each grade of walker is relatively easy. The more dedicated a walker is, the more technical the equipment. An ambler, for example, wears slippers and smokes a pipe, whereas a hiker always has four-season walking boots, crampons, a survival bag and a two-week supply of dried food – and that’s just when going to collect the morning newspaper.
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A bluffer should always aim to look like a hiker, even if he or she is really an ambler at heart.
Novices tend to think that all you need in order to hike is a good pair of feet and some legs that work. They certainly help, but dedicated hikers also need the right stuff in order to navigate their way back home. Getting lost (or being temporarily misplaced) is so much more dignified if you can blame it on a poorly designed piece of equipment.