Hiking and Camping .. one of my favorite sports.Growing up on the East Coast, Mt Katadin was my favorite place to climb, and I loved the White Mountains of New Hampshire. ( I used to camp there a lot ) Lucky me, I live close to Big Sur, in Cali now. The wilderness along the coast line here is astonishing, and the inspiration for much of my work. I have climbed most of the major peaks, and have hiked and camped a great deal of the terrain. My favorite way to go is backpacking. It is best to do with some-one else, but since my camping/hiking partner and I are no longer in touch I have to cut my time down by half and also stick to the trails.
Usually, I will bring a sleeping bag, a thin mat, and a tarp, with a bit of food, and a flashlight - don't forget @ least a couple of lighters, and a first aid kit !!!... And a good utility knife !!!!
Another of my favorite places to camp/ hike is Death Valley. Saline is a really awsome spot to soak - great hot springs, and it is a fun place to explore on foot and by truck. An old buddy and I expored the entire Dry Mountain range in one day - 20 miles of steep shaley grade, but fun to screed rock down.
This year , my hot OZ mate and I hiked all about Cradle Lake in Tasmania... That place ! I fell in love with it. One thing about being in Tazzy is you best bring sun-screen. My skin got scorched ! We did not camp, though - The wild life there is a bit sketchy. You walk out of your cabin at night, and it's Discovery Special central. Here in Big Sur we just have the bob cats and mountain lions to contend with, both of which I have seen...
There is nothing more satisfying than breaking away from civilization and testing your limits. You come to realize how little you really need to be happy and to survive... Your imagination becomes your television set. Let nature permeate your being. I have come back from my trips filthy dirty, but feeling clean. I also LOVE the way food tastes after not eating like an American ... After being on foot for five or six days, a handfull of trail mix can become VERY precious, and yes - delicious even.