Hiking and Camping

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    Jul 15, 2007 2:09 PM GMT
    I have noticed that Hiking and Camping are not listed here. They are a sport, if not competitive. who else out there, enjoys hiking and camping, and where are some of your fovortie places to go??
  • fryblock

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    Jul 15, 2007 3:09 PM GMT
    I love hiking and camping! I live n Blacksburg, VA so i have many places to go seeing as I live in the mountains and on the Appalachian trail.
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    Jul 16, 2007 1:04 AM GMT
    Love to hike and would love to find a group of cool guys to perhaps hike the grand canyon one of these days.

    If interested let's put something together.

    Rick
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    Jul 16, 2007 1:07 AM GMT
    I'm an avid hiker and camper. I just got back from a good few hours hiking through the desert (couldn't hike much longer because the temperatures were rising fast).

    I live in Idaho, and I consider it to be among the top 5 states for hiking and camping, if not perhaps the best. There are miles and miles of forest and rugged mountains, many of them completely roadless so I don't have to deal with four-wheelers and the like.

    I think the most memorable experience I had camping was hiking with snowshoes through the Sawtooth Mountains in Stanley, Idaho in the dead of winter. Stanley is regularly the coldest place in the lower 48. It was blizzard conditions for 4 out of the 8 days that we were up there. It was so hard, but I got to experience those mountains in a way that very, very few people will ever get to.

    Beyond just forest hiking though, as I mentioned earlier I do desert hiking as well. There's some decent desert to hike through in SW Idaho, though nothing quite like Utah or Arizona. I'd like to get down to those states sometime to hike for a couple days.
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    Jul 16, 2007 1:17 AM GMT
    Chewey, if you are used to hiking with snowshoes in the coldest spot... no wonder you had to get out of the desert before it got too hot!

    I did a lot of hiking in Israel, especially the Sinai desert. Also some camping in Michigan. But my other half isn't much for either the desert or hiking. Nonetheless we are going camping (second time in 12 years!) in a couple of weeks. Nothing rustic, but should be quite an adventure with the dogs, especially the 65 lb puppy thrashing everything.
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jul 16, 2007 1:37 AM GMT
    I go hiking from time to time in the mountains around Vancouver. I think if that RealJock social ever happens in Vegas the Red Rock Canyon would be a good place for a group hike.
    Camping for me means going to Tofino and Surfing. I have found as I am in my fourties, my friends and I camp a lot less than we did ten years ago
  • sfnicolas

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    Jul 16, 2007 2:17 AM GMT
    If anyone needs ideas for camping/hiking/kayaking/skydiving(!)/etc. in the SF Bay Area and beyond, check the places my buds and I have gone the last few years here:
    www.nicolassmith.com/adventures.html
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    Jul 16, 2007 4:49 AM GMT
    just got home from a three-day trip to central oregon. Fishing in the mornings & evenings and mountain biking in the middle of the day. I've had my first shower, and some dinner, and am just about ready for another shower!
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    Jul 16, 2007 4:58 AM GMT
    My first time hiking and camping was at Yosemite last year. We climbed Half Dome and it was absolutely amazing. I've been looking for more places to go hiking ever since. I live in Berkeley and there have been some pretty neat trails and spectacular views that I've come across.
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    Jul 16, 2007 9:21 AM GMT
    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.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 16, 2007 12:48 PM GMT
    Any of you guys ever gone camping in the middle of a tropical rainforest. Well, in my younger day , I do that a lot. I remember going camping with my staff, right next to a small stream and all kinda animal noise appearing when it start to get dark. It really pure haven. During one of the trip ,I was with two of my staff, they strip down to their underware, swimming and having fun . Such a perfection , two young muscular guys , half naked , with the background of this nature splendour , masterpiece . Just like Adam and Steve in the Garden of Eden.
  • DiverScience

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    Jul 16, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    I list it in the "other" section I think.


    I go up to the White Mountains in NH mostly, especially along the Kankamagus. Last backpacking trip, though, was in the Adirondacks.
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    Jul 16, 2007 3:42 PM GMT
    Camping is an integral part of British surfer and kitesurfer culture. Waking up with the light for dawn patrol (if you slept that is!), hitting the high tide.... quick break for lunch and then at the end of the day carry your kite and board back over the Towans.

    It's an idyllic lifestyle.

    Amusingly, this weekend I was camping in North Devon at a mate's farm for his festival/birthday party. It RAINED very hard and I lost a really nice pair of flip-flops in the mire. For us Brits, our stoicism makes us great campers!
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    Jul 17, 2007 8:56 PM GMT
    Keep on truckin' Hobbsy

    x
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    Jul 17, 2007 9:09 PM GMT
    maybe because in things like hiking and such - often one competes against themself?
  • code_joe

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    Jul 19, 2007 9:05 PM GMT
    I have pretty much grown up in the mountians hiking and camping. I grew up in a small town and have been doing with friends since before I was even a teenager (Times have changed and now most parents won't let kids go camping alond).

    I grew up in Utah and so most of my camping has been there. Southern Utah has some great areas to go camping or hiking. Especially places like Zions National Park (Some of the best slot canyons out there)

    I have also done some longer backpacking trecks up in the Uintah mountians.

    I have recently moved to Phoenix, AZ and now looking for places to go camping here. I will have to wait until things cool down a little more. But after that I will be out and back to my hiking.
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    Jul 19, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    Welcome to PHX C_J
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    Jul 27, 2007 2:12 AM GMT
    I remember being deeply dissatisfied with backpacking as a kid. It always seemed cruel, that taste of perfect bliss, knowing all the while that you'd have to be back in the cold fluroescent glow of the classroom in just a matter of days. I wanted to scam my way out of the system so that I could live in the bush. That's why I went into cultural anthropology and botany. At least, until I was corrupted by the Yosemite Valley climbing bum drop-out culture. Their uncompromising commitment to a life lived in wild, in-between places spoke to me. I've never yet regretted my decision to give up anything that kept me from living that life. I'm fortunate enough to live in Aotearoa-New Zealand, which I love for its vast, untouched spaces and the respect kiwis have for them. If you ever get a chance, visit Ata Whenua, "The Land of Shadows", our still-wild Fiordland. Kipling called the landscape the eight wonder of the world.

    To Thirdbeach:
    "I think if that RealJock social ever happens in Vegas the Red Rock Canyon would be a good place for a group hike."
    AMEN! How about in a time of year when the temperatures are climbable?

    To James Dean:
    You know about Saline? Props! Yeah, that spot is pretty spectacular. I'm stoked you made it to Cradle Lake, too--Tazzy's a place I need to explore more.
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:27 PM GMT
    Emerald Lake
    Yoho National Park
    Glacier National Park-Roger's Pass
    Waterton Lakes National Park
    Jasper National Park
    Banff National Park
    La Mauricie National Park
    Algonquin Park

    I camp in three seasons. I do day trips in the winter.

    Having grown up surrounded by nature, it seems nothing can prepare you for the impact of the environments in these National Parks.

    Hiking and camping are more than sports.
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    Aug 15, 2007 9:52 PM GMT
    Here here! The places I've hiked and climbed:
    http://gordonye.com/hobbies.html

    I've hung out mostly in the High Sierra of California - from Yosemite south to Mount Whitney. When I travel to other countries I seek out the wild natural places, especially mountains. Climbing Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are the most unique experiences of my life so far. I've also hiked in China, Brazil, Alps.
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    Aug 15, 2007 10:01 PM GMT
    The next really intense hike I want to take is the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. I vacation up on the Island every year and every time I go to Bamfield I see a few hikers that have just come to the end of the trail. They all look universally wiped, even the ones in great shape, so it's got to be pretty tough.
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    Aug 15, 2007 11:15 PM GMT

    Favorite camping destinations:

    The Adirondack Mountains in New York

    Cape Hatteras in North Carolina

    Glacier NP in Montana

    Baja in Mexico

    The Canadian Rockies in Alberta and BC

    Capitol Reef NP in Utah

    R