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Todd talks about his hiking trips in mountains of Japan.

Todd: Every year, my company gives me three weeks' holiday. In summer, in August, and usually I go home, and I see my family. But, two years ago, before I went home, I took a hiking trip in Japan, and I went hiking across the "Minami Alps." "Minami" means "south," so they're the Southern Alps in Japan. It was a really good hike.

The hike took me five days. Before I went on the hike, I needed to buy some gear, so I bought a tent, a backpack, some hiking boots, and a good map of the area I was going to traverse. When I did the hike, it was really, really hard. I was not prepared for how difficult it was going to be. Each day I had to hike about 12 hours, and the hardest part about each hike was having to carry lots and lots of water because you're walking all day, you have to drink lots of water, or else you'll get dehydrated. The mountains were really steep, but once I got over the first mountain, it was just beautiful, really, really beautiful. And I met lots of really nice hikers, especially elderly hikers on the trail, and I just had a great time. I just remember the beautiful views from the peaks, and at night, I could see the stars really clearly, probably more clearly than I ever had before. It was a really, really good trip.

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hiking trip

I took a hiking trip in Japan.

A "hiking trip" or "hiking" is a long-distance walk. It is done outdoors for recreation.  Notice the following:

  1. He was hiking the Pacific Crest trail.
  2. Hiking can be a family activity.

some gear

I needed to buy some gear.

"Some gear" means necessary and protective types of equipment for an activity.  Notice the following:

  1. You are not allowed to spar without wearing some gear.
  2. Diving without breathing gear is called 'freediving.'


The area I was going to traverse.

"To traverse" or "traverse" implies traveling across or passing through. Notice the following:

  1. The rivers traverse the state from north to south.
  2. The newly-made railways traverse the whole district.


The mountains were really steep.

"Steep" means large plane or sharp angle. Notice the following:

  1. The stair was too steep for her to climb.
  2. They stopped to rest because the next trail was too steep.

great time

I just had a great time.

"Great time" means enjoyable experiences and a positive feeling about something. Notice the following:

  1. She had a great time at the party last night.
  2. The kids had such a great time playing their favorite games.

Vocabulary Quiz

hiking • gear • traverse
steep • great time
  1. In baseball, the catcherwears lots of profective .
  2. The hill was too to ride my bike to the top.
  3. We went in Nepal.
  4. We had a in Boracay.
  5. My goal is to Europe by train.
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