After years of being a sport just for middle aged parents and ramblers, hiking has suddenly become cool.

Thanks to hipster blogs and photos all over the internet, as well as the rise of the 'lumber sexual', the hills and mountains all over the UK are now full of twenty somethings in their Canada Goose jackets, exploring the outdoors.

But here's the thing. Hiking on Instagram is a trick, hiking on Instagram is an illusion, hiking on Instagram is a lie. Here's what hiking is really like, when the iPhones have been put away....

Hiking Alone On Instagram

Northern Norway Photo by: @maxrivephotography #hikingculture

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Hiking Alone In Reality


Hiking With Your Dog On Instagram

What an awesome shot captured by @henrythecoloradodog Hiking in Colorado. Follow and tag your photos to #hikingdogsofinstagram for a chance to be featured!

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Hiking With Your Dog In Reality


Hiking Couple On Instagram

My best friend ❤️ #crushinhardonatuesday

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Hiking Couple In Reality

Happy young couple celebrating in a pub and toasting with beer. They are looking at each other and laughing.

Cheerful young couple toasting with beer in a bar.

Summer Hiking On Instagram

#tbt to #julianalps ❤ South America is beautiful, but there's no place like this on the face of the planet! Our dear #mouintains back home are already #snowy at this time of the year, aren't they? #julijskealpe #mangart #ig_europe #summerhiking #summertime #memories #naturelovers #hiking #viaferrata #clearskies #mouintainsofig

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Summer Hiking In Reality

Sunburned sweaty man looks very unhappy in portrait

Sunburned Sweaty Man

Winter Hiking On Instagram

The mountains are calling. #hikethewhites #outdoorwomen #mountainlady #winterhiking #sandwichrange #mountjennings #beautiful #whitemountains #hikenh #wildernessculture #happygirl #tistheseason

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Winter Hiking In Reality


Hiking Lunch On Instagram

hiking lunch for our friends at @keen!

Hiking Lunch In Reality


Hiking Clothing On Instagram

Some exciting things on the horizon this week. Stay tuned. #BristolBound #finisterreuk

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Hiking Clothing in Reality

Young man in forest in rain - selective focus

Rain in forest

Campfires On Instagram

The best way to chill after a morning in the Heli chasing light with @mattcherub @jasoncharleshill || #queenstown

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Campfires In Reality...


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