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GuitarMyFriend

GuitarMyFriend

Age : 27
Location : The Glove
Registration date : 2012-02-23

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PostSubject: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptySun Jan 06, 2013 2:52 am

Who else loves it? Something about falling asleep to the sound of a river and owls makes me sleep better. Fishing for my food, and making my back stronger by carrying a heavy sack makes the days seem longer and more fun. Any how, I want to ask what you guys find important to bring besides the obvious (Water bottles, sleeping bag, tent, socks, etc.). My favorite part about planning a hike is the check list I create. I spend atleast 3 days prepping it. So anyhow, let me know what you find imperative for a- lets say- over 3 day hike. Make it serious, make it funny, just think hard about it. I'll share one of my checklists that I came up with for one of my hikes if this takes off.
OK. GO!
Zach
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Greyson

Greyson

Age : 39
Location : England
Registration date : 2012-08-03

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptySun Jan 06, 2013 8:55 am

I love the outdoors, but camping is usually a wet cold and muddy affair over here. I prefer to enjoy the outdoors on my own terms, and I live in a very rural area so its not that hard to find generally. But kudos to you for embracing it wholeheartedly, we definitely need more people like you around.

Edit: Sorry, somehow I managed to completely avoid your question. Well, assuming you're taking into account the essentials as obvious... I would always make sure I took a good camera with me, probably a solar cell for recharging phone / music player, sunglasses, reading material... oh marshmellows! And a dog. If you're not taking a dog, what's the point.

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Puff Daddy

Age : 56
Location : South of heaven
Registration date : 2007-12-09

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptySun Jan 06, 2013 8:59 am

If you take everything on your list you'll never be able to hoist the pack and make it out the front door.

Read Kid Camping from Aaiighh!! to Zip! by Patrick F Mcmanus.

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Kyle Weiss

Kyle Weiss

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptySun Jan 06, 2013 4:44 pm

Now you know why I love my job, Zach. cheers Though the downside is my pack is usually filled with 50lbs of rock samples. Laughing

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GuitarMyFriend

GuitarMyFriend

Age : 27
Location : The Glove
Registration date : 2012-02-23

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptySun Jan 06, 2013 5:19 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
If you take everything on your list you'll never be able to hoist the pack and make it out the front door.


That's why I spend three days on my list. Weeding out what I don't need, scratching down what I forgot. Weight of everything included (Approximate of course).
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RonA3597

RonA3597

Age : 71
Location : Lawrenceville, GA
Registration date : 2008-03-15

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptySun Jan 06, 2013 5:47 pm

Ray Jardine is another that has wriiten about backpacking, Beyond Backpacking. I read it but never got up the nerve to try it. Shocked
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Stinger4me



Location : Near the Great Lakes
Registration date : 2010-02-19

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 08, 2013 6:39 pm

I enjoy hiking, enjoy camping. Not too much fun, doing the two together. Following years of tramping around in the woods while working the back pack thing is not as enticing. I enjoy camping out and sleeping in the back of my truck. When it comes time to depart very little effort in needed to head out. Being over 60 I rarely see many folks my own age while backpacking.
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Kyle Weiss

Kyle Weiss

Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 09, 2013 4:20 pm

Car/truck sleeping (with the right vehicle configuration) is ace. Especially when I'm working...setting up tents sucks, and towing trailers can be irritating. Those self-inflating camp pads work well, music is close at hand, setting up "camp" is a breeze. Plus, random weather changes are easy to deal with.

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plumbernater

plumbernater

Age : 60
Location : Huntsville Alabama
Registration date : 2011-02-26

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyThu Jan 10, 2013 9:57 pm

I havent been out like that in quite a while. But When I was living in the mountains of NC. I would hit the woods for a few days with my 30-30 rifle. 45 pistol. Canteen, poncho, lighter and of coarse my trusty buck knife. I also had a little fishing kit I made up that could be carried in my pocket.
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Wayne_Teipen

Wayne_Teipen

Location : Indiana
Registration date : 2009-03-22

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyMon Jan 14, 2013 6:29 pm

Backpacking is one of my favorite leisure activities. I go on at least one week long trip every year. I'm getting older and I'm feeling it on the trail these days so I've gone the ultralight route. That being said, there's not much that I pack that I would consider luxury items with the exception of a backpacker's euchre deck when I hike with a group and a pipe and tobacco.
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deepbass9

deepbass9

Age : 49
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-02-21

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PostSubject: Backpacking needs   Backpacking EmptyMon Jan 14, 2013 7:19 pm

Did you say backpacking? Love it!


1. knives (hacker, slicer)
2. flask (Scotch or Bourbon preferred)
3. smoke (stick or pipe)
4. hiking poles (hells yeah)

and, drum roll please....

5. my hammock! (no-ache sleeping)


I used to do the ground stuff (A'dacks, Poconos, Black Forest Trial, etc), but after reading about hammocking I had to give it a try. I sleep on a futon at home that everyone tells me is like a rock, but compared to the ground on a ground pad and sleeping bag, that futon is a pillow of air. I don't have back problems to speak of, but I always ached after camping on the ground. Always.


I picked up a cheap ENO hammock and the rest is history. Now, I take two with me; the gear all gets stowed in the ENO right underneath my sleeping hammock (this also doubles as an extra sleeping hammock, if needed). My sleeper is a No-Net from Mosquito Hammocks. It has two-layers, so in winter (high 20's thus far is my lowest) I slide my ground pad in between layers, snug the bottom of my equipment hammock with my backpack in it underneath my torso, climb into my sleeping bag and drift off to dreamland. Most nights, I wake up too hot and have to take my hat off. A more comfy night's camping, that first time, seemed never to been had by man. Future camping trips have proven it works and it's oh so comfy. Rain fly above and you have nothing on the ground...a seat during the day (if you stay at one site)...some are strong enough to seat two!

There's also the "total" route...no cobbling of equipment required with a Clark Hammock...just some extra Benjamin's laying about...

Like most things today, you can nerd-out easy w/hammocks, too.
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Wayne_Teipen

Wayne_Teipen

Location : Indiana
Registration date : 2009-03-22

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyMon Jan 14, 2013 8:31 pm

I've been a hammock camper too for over a decade now, deepbass9. I use a modified HH Asym. It's old but it still works. I use a Speer Snug Fit when it's cool and a homemade sil nylon caternary rain tarp. I converted from straps and ring buckles to whoopie slings a couple years ago and man did that drop some weight.

The body aches from ground sleeping is precisely why I started hanging. It would take me half the day just to get my body to loosen up from the stiffness and aches.
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GuitarMyFriend

GuitarMyFriend

Age : 27
Location : The Glove
Registration date : 2012-02-23

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyMon Jan 14, 2013 8:50 pm

Hammock camping! I've never done it but would Love too. For a long time, a hammock was my bed in my room. Strung from the ceiling... I tend to use a 1 person lifted tent. Awesome, and light weight. Now snow camping is my favorite. I will take a 2 or 3 person tent. take a shovel clear out a tent sized square, put the tent up. Build up snow/ place pine bows on the side. Leave a entrance flap side. After sitting in there for an hour, you gotta take your jacket off. It gets like 50 degrees! Perfect for sleeping if you got a -20 degree sleeping bag like I got. I've also never used hiking poles. I will pick up a stick for a day or two. I'm glad it's a popular hobby amongst you guys!
Zach
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loneredtree

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Age : 78
Location : Nevada City, CA.
Registration date : 2011-05-28

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 15, 2013 2:03 am

Well Zack, you can use the hiking poles when you reach a lofty age. I thought that they were geeky when my companions insisted I use some. They save my knees and have kept me upright many a time. I hike in the Sierra Nevada doing 8-15 mile day hikes and at least one 7 day outing each year. I do not think there are enough trees close together to string a hammock in the SN. It is great to know you folks are hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
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Kyle Weiss

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Location : Reno, NV
Registration date : 2011-09-18

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 15, 2013 4:20 pm

I love the Sierras so damn much. cheers I don't work in 'em, but they're a fantastic getaway.

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deepbass9

deepbass9

Age : 49
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-02-21

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 15, 2013 4:54 pm

loneredtree wrote:
Well Zack, you can use the hiking poles when you reach a lofty age. I thought that they were geeky when my companions insisted I use some.


Which lead to my "hells yeah" comment.

First trip I took my one bud on was the Black Forest Trail (look it up...wee bit o' elevation). I told him repeatedly to get sticks, but he wasn't buying it. After 1 day into the 3 day trip, I gave him my poles while my other buddy and I used a pole and branch each. We also had to lighten his load by 10 lbs. between us.....


Nice guys that we were, we didn't rub his nose in it............until later. No one likes to be another's pack mule after having given the proper precautionary advice!!!
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Age : 78
Location : Nevada City, CA.
Registration date : 2011-05-28

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 15, 2013 6:34 pm

Ok Kyle here is last summer's BP On the John Muir Trail

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deepbass9

deepbass9

Age : 49
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-02-21

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 15, 2013 7:03 pm

Wayne_Teipen wrote:
I use a modified HH Asym.


Yeah, I bought their rain fly...the asym cut and size (I got the big one) allow me to use it in many ways. They would be my first 'package' deal, if I go that route. It was that or the ENO when I was shopping, and I wanted a hammock with either a zip-out or no bug netting installed. I want to see the stars!

Can't beat their price. Oh, wait...I did! But my cobbled shelter ain't as purdy as theirs!
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Age : 49
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-02-21

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyTue Jan 15, 2013 7:06 pm

loneredtree wrote:
On the John Muir Trail

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Toto, we ain't in Pennsylvania any more...
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Wayne_Teipen

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Location : Indiana
Registration date : 2009-03-22

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 16, 2013 1:26 am

deepbass9 wrote:
Wayne_Teipen wrote:
I use a modified HH Asym.


Yeah, I bought their rain fly...the asym cut and size (I got the big one) allow me to use it in many ways. They would be my first 'package' deal, if I go that route. It was that or the ENO when I was shopping, and I wanted a hammock with either a zip-out or no bug netting installed. I want to see the stars!

Can't beat their price. Oh, wait...I did! But my cobbled shelter ain't as purdy as theirs!

Yeah, the biggest downside to the HH at the time I bought mine was that it was only bottom entry which really sucked so I got the zipper mod. I think Hennessy is selling them with the zipper these days. I haven't looked at what gear is available in a long time so my setup probably looks like a dinosaur compared to what's available now.
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George Kaplan

George Kaplan

Age : 50
Location : Kalamazoo, MI
Registration date : 2012-01-07

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 16, 2013 1:37 am

O.K., you hammock guys have gotta post a pic or link or something. Color me intrigued. Very Happy
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deepbass9

deepbass9

Age : 49
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-02-21

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 16, 2013 10:45 am

Here's my setup in the Poconos from the 4th of July 2011, before I got my second hammock:


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GuitarMyFriend

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Age : 27
Location : The Glove
Registration date : 2012-02-23

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 16, 2013 11:15 am

That's AWESOME!!!!!
I'm planning my next trip for August, so I'm saving for one of those!!!!!!!
Zach
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loneredtree

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Age : 78
Location : Nevada City, CA.
Registration date : 2011-05-28

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 16, 2013 11:40 am

I take it that you do not have mosquitoes.
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deepbass9

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Age : 49
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-02-21

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking   Backpacking EmptyWed Jan 16, 2013 11:51 am

Sure, plenty. And ticks, too.

But think about it...I hike all day (or whatever portion) and then camp close to dusk. You get your fire going and the smoke scatters the bugs. Then, by mid-night or so they're all gone anyway. So by the time I'm swinging, there's nothing buzzing about. Then, it's usually until about 9am or so before they start popping around.

There's also room enough (especially in the ENO) to wrap the side of the hammock around your face, if you're that whigged out.

The trip the pictures are from was cool. About 3am it started pouring (I almost didn't put my fly up, 'cause the weather was so nice). Talk about awesome! I'm able to peek out around the corner of the fly and check out the sky, all while being perfectly dry. Next day, it's raining in the am...I have a nice little compound and place to sit. Either in the hammock, or on my bear can. It was fun.
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