Planning a trek?

I have to warn you before you read this: this post has nothing to do with anything tree-related. So if that is why you are here, read not further. If yours is an inquisitive, questioning mind, then feel free to carry on.

Here is a another example for one of the many things that puzzle me:

I met Stefan this afternoon, just back from Nepal, and we were chatting about what he had been up to there. Being the busy chap that he is – a lot. But here is what intrigued me: He went for a trek.

A trek. Hmmm.

So here is my question: At what point does a walk – or a ramble or a hike – become a trek. Is there some correlation with distance, attitude or attire? Or with geographic location (a bit like typhoons and tornados)? Or maybe with the speed at which you move at or the height at which you are?

I believe it is none of the above.

Here is my theory: A walk becomes a trek as soon as it involves a Yak. Or multiple Yaks. If you find yourself walking along next to a Yak, then you know you are on a trek. Even if you are in downtown Cincinnati. Or Birmingham. If there are no Yaks involved in your walk or ramble, then I am sorry, but it just ain’t a trek – even if you did flog all the way to Nepal.

So next time you are on a walk, do the Yak test, check 360° around yourself. If you see anything big and hairy, with horns on one end, in all probability you are on a trek. With a Yak. And remember that you read about it here first!

No time for more, got to rush now, need to finish writing up my Wikipedia entry on the definition of the word “trek”

Actually, here is just an afterthought… at a pinch it may also count if you are wearing one of these –  even if you are without a Yak.