This is the latest edition of the Google Trends newsletter, with a focus today on hiking trends.
Search interest in hiking in the US spiked to its highest ever summer 2020
In the past three months, searches for “Camelback Mountain hike” spiked +140% in the US
In the past month, searches for “Big Bend National Park” spiked +1,100% in the US
Searches for “gifts for hikers” rose +350% in the past month
Searches for “winter hiking boots” rose 500% in the past 90 days
Top ‘Hiking Club’ Searches Past month, US
Coachella Valley hiking club
Sun City Anthem hiking club
Green Valley hiking club
Northern Virginia hiking club
Louisville hiking club
The Downhill Hiking Club: A short walk across the Lebanon Paperback – October 19, 2021 by
Three men. 470 kilometres. Twenty-one days.
Welcome to the Downhill Hiking Club . . .
At a boozy, cricket-filled afternoon at Lord’s, Dom Joly convinces his two closest friends to agree to the unthinkable: a challenging hike across Lebanon, from the Israeli border in the south, along the spine of the country’s mountain range, all the way to the Syrian border in the north. For Joly it is something of a homecoming, having grown up in Beirut. It was a happy childhood, though he did go to school with Osama bin Laden.
Arriving in Lebanon armed with copious amounts of Vaseline – and no walking experience, bar taking the dog for the occasional stroll – Dom, Chris and Harry don’t quite know what they’ve got themselves into. Joined by their bemused chaperone Caroll, they meet a variety of characters along the way including Ali, a stony-faced Hezbollah Museum guide who seems unperturbed by circling Israeli jets, and part-time Londoner Raf, who challenges Dom and the boys to a brain-freeze drinking contest. From a hair-raising creep along the ‘Valley of the Skulls’ to accidentally flashing an unsuspecting Ethiopian cook, the three friends just about manage to keep going.
With more than a smattering of persiflage and some cringe-worthy moments, The Downhill Hiking Club is a big-hearted, witty and affectionate love letter to Lebanon and its rich history with a meditation on family and homeland at its heart. Written with Dom’s trademark humour, it is a paean to both the simple joys of friendship and to growing old disgracefully.
Top Hiking Questions Past month, US
How should hiking boots fit
How long does it take to hike Appalachian Trail
What are the different types of hiking jackets?
When is national hiking day
What is the proper way to start a fire
Top “How long is ___ trail” Past month, US
How long is the Appalachian Trail
How long is the Trail of Tears
How long is the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu
How long is the Great Wall of China
How long is the Ice Age Trail
Top States Searching for Hiking Past month, US
MAP: Hiking vs. Running searches in the past month
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Published November 30, 2023