Hiking, not backpacking

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    Sep 27, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    I really enjoy going hiking whether here in Central Florida or when out on a business trip in some other state. Love the opportunity to see scenery other than what we've got at home in Florida. Have done over 600 miles in the last few years. Dayhiking, not days-long backpacking, that is.

    More often than not, I am hiking naked icon_eek.gif but that is not a requirement, though it does make me feel more "one" with my surroundings.
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    Sep 27, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    When I hike, it is usually part of a backpacking vacation. Examples include the Grand Canyon in two days, Blue Mountains NP - a dayhike, even the Manhatten hike from Harlem to Battery Park, which I've also done in a day. In the UK, I hiked the Jurassic Coast Path, taking me a week to do this, and also the Hadrians Wall Walk, that is, from coast to coast across northern England. That took me four days.
    You may have a different definition of backpacking to what I have. To me, backpacking is traveling independently, and usually on my own, from place to place with a rucksack for luggage, which is much more practical than with a suitcase. When I come across a venue which arouse interest, I can spend as little as a couple of hours up to as much as ten days. If the venue involves an overnight stay, I look for a backpackers hostel. More interesting venues have at least one, others have several within close range of each other.
    Hiking for me is part of backpacking, as it involves going from one venue to the next. There have been times when I took a dayhike after arriving at the start straight from home, and returning home after the finish. In quaint English this would be known as Rambling, not hiking or backpacking.
  • FredMG

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    Sep 28, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    For me, hiking implies a day trip, backpacking involves an overnight or two.

    I like the idea of rambling and maybe taking a month off to do that some time.
  • Latenight30

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    Jun 07, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    Over the past 2 years I have gone from Hiking to backpacking. Really just got into backpacking. It's a sport its not just wandering mindlessly into the woods. This last one me and my partner did was about 8 miles over 2 days in 90+ heat and up and down mountains. It was a mental and physical challenge but loved it. We car camp but have also started hammock camping. Eno is a great company for any outdoor enthusiast to check out.
  • 2PecanDeBeurr...

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    Jun 07, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    In Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon gives the hiker various challenges to explore.
    The adrenline rush figuring where to trod on sturdy rock is great. The formation of the earth is outstanding.
    j.c.
  • deenbarry

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    Aug 08, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Latenight30 saidThis last one me and my partner did was about 8 miles over 2 days in 90+ heat and up and down mountains. It was a mental and physical challenge but loved it.


    Wow. That sounds intense!
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    Aug 10, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    mostly dayhikes here, overnight/several day backpacking not out of the question.

    nude when practical