Hiking is so boring. What's the point of climbing up a rock that leads to nowhere?

  • josh995

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    Dec 01, 2011 7:57 AM GMT
    Don't get it.
  • ytOwen

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    Dec 01, 2011 8:05 AM GMT
    For me it's about being in nature
    and physically challenging your sel
    f.

    It's not for everyone.
    This video here might help.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdejd72MJ1g

    Owen!
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    Dec 01, 2011 8:24 AM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR1jwwagtaQ

    That's entirely the point...walking to nowhere in particular.

    But then again, why not just walk around the block a few times?

    Maybe people walk there to get away from that kind of utilitarian mentality surrounding them in cities or towns.

    Or it's just fun for them.

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    Dec 01, 2011 8:57 AM GMT
    1) The view
    2) The physical challenge
    3) The fun
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    Dec 01, 2011 12:08 PM GMT
    because it's there....and it is begging to be climbed...
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    Dec 01, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    It's a great way to get it away from it all and also a good time to reflect. It's calming and soothing. You lack imagination then if you find simply walking around in nature to be boring. Open up your senses and take it all in.

    "It's the journey, not the destination."
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    Dec 01, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    josh995 saidDon't get it.

    1. Appreciation of Nature
    2. Serenity
    3. Meditation
    4. Physical challenge
    5. "Getting it"
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    Dec 01, 2011 12:36 PM GMT
    Stay home, that's one less person I have to pass on the way to the top!
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    Dec 01, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    You hike and you climb to find yourself .. I have bin climbing hard and consecutively for 20+ years all over the world and in all the discipline . I completed the AT in 08 in one shot . 2178 miles and so many others , I see the world and myself , as well as the people around me with a prospective that brings peace to my heart and life . That's why I and the others that are posting .
  • fitartistsf

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    Dec 01, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    The exercise... done away from a crowded gym... getting outside to appreciate nature, instead of cooped up indoors, smelling other people's sweat... and all the other aspects already mentioned above.....
  • Latenight30

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    Dec 01, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    Our country is beautiful. The world is so glorious, we just screwed it up. Get back to what it was and enjoy whats left of it.
    Remember once the trees go-So do we!
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    Dec 01, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    thenes said1) The view
    2) The physical challenge
    3) The fun


    +1.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 01, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    Hiking is one of my favorite things to do. It's just great being outdoors, the exercise, the feeling of reaching the top of whatever or wherever you're hiking to. Arizona has some of the best places to hike too.
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    Dec 01, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidOur country is beautiful. The world is so glorious, we just screwed it up. Get back to what it was and enjoy whats left of it.
    Remember once the trees go-So do we!




    Ditto what the others said. I'm not really an advanced climber but I love spending time in the woods, and recently took up an interest in owls. Have been to a few events via gayoutdoors.org (check it out if not familiar) which were a lot of fun.
  • djzilla

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    Dec 01, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    TerraFirma said
    josh995 saidDon't get it.

    1. Appreciation of Nature
    2. Serenity
    3. Meditation
    4. Physical challenge
    5. "Getting it"


    Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dec 01, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    Come to Florida, where "hiking" is a euphemism for "talking a walk on a flat trail through the woods."

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Sunshine State (and in fact just did a good hike yesterday "au naturel" with a buddy over from Glasgow) but it just doesn't have the scenic wonders and vistas of AZ UT CO etc.

    But ask me about the SWAMP STOMP, a ten-mile naked hike we do every year through the Everglades. Now that is wild!
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    Dec 01, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
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    njmeanwhile saidDitto what the others said. I'm not really an advanced climber but I love spending time in the woods, and recently took up an interest in owls.
    How awesome would it be to have a pet owl?


    Me and Solomon circa 1991... please ignore the unfortunate hairstyle, flannel clothing, and acne - it was the grunge era.

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    Trollileo said
    njmeanwhile saidDitto what the others said. I'm not really an advanced climber but I love spending time in the woods, and recently took up an interest in owls.
    How awesome would it be to have a pet owl?


    Til it's time to feed them. They eat mice and small birds and then spit out the bones. The one in my profile was rescued from a family's attempt to keep her as a pet.
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    Dec 01, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    endo said
    Trollileo said
    njmeanwhile saidDitto what the others said. I'm not really an advanced climber but I love spending time in the woods, and recently took up an interest in owls.
    How awesome would it be to have a pet owl?


    Me and Solomon circa 1991... please ignore the unfortunate hairstyle, flannel clothing, and acne - it was the grunge era.

    163597_1671043729181_1030011921_31861128


    Barreds are my fave. Were you doing animal rescue or something?
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    Dec 01, 2011 3:01 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile said
    endo said
    Trollileo said
    njmeanwhile saidDitto what the others said. I'm not really an advanced climber but I love spending time in the woods, and recently took up an interest in owls.
    How awesome would it be to have a pet owl?


    Me and Solomon circa 1991... please ignore the unfortunate hairstyle, flannel clothing, and acne - it was the grunge era.

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    Barreds are my fave. Were you doing animal rescue or something?


    I was a wildlife biology major at Auburn University and volunteered at the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center. The Barred Owl in this pic was also a rescue from someone who was attempting to keep it as a pet, and it was imprinted on humans so it could not be released in the wild.

    Two of my fondest memories in life are holding a bald eagle to my chest so it could get it talons filed and feeding a blind golden eagle by hand. I wish I had pics of me with the eagles, but those were rarer occasions.
  • creamford

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    Dec 01, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    well, first of all... hiking and climbing are two entirely different things. For those of us who enjoy this sort of activity... it's all about enjoying the beauty of the country around us.
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    Dec 01, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    endo said
    njmeanwhile said
    endo said
    Trollileo said
    njmeanwhile saidDitto what the others said. I'm not really an advanced climber but I love spending time in the woods, and recently took up an interest in owls.
    How awesome would it be to have a pet owl?


    Me and Solomon circa 1991... please ignore the unfortunate hairstyle, flannel clothing, and acne - it was the grunge era.

    [pic]


    Barreds are my fave. Were you doing animal rescue or something?


    I was a wildlife biology major at Auburn University and volunteered at the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center. The Barred Owl in this pic was also a rescue from someone who was attempting to keep it as a pet, and it was imprinted on humans so it could not be released in the wild.

    Two of my fondest memories in life are holding a bald eagle to my chest so it could get it talons filed and feeding a blind golden eagle by hand. I wish I had pics of me with the eagles, but those were rarer occasions.


    The barred on my profile page has the exact same story. She thinks she's a house cat. It's cute, but it's not natural. Who cooks for you?!?!
  • calibro

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    Dec 01, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    well that rock is a good mile (at least) away from you and your complaining, so makes sense to me
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 01, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    josh995 saidDon't get it.
    ha ha ha the point is to get your butt off of your lazy ass. plus, it gets you moving
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    Dec 01, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Well it depends on where you are.

    Some people who hate hiking in in the north east might have great time in british columbia or hawaii or the pacific northwest. It's great to go with someone because they really do let their guard down and you can get to know someone a lot better because something about being in nature and away from people frees people up from anxiety, stress and inhibition in a way that few other things can.

    Some people think the beach is boring. We don't all have to understand each others habits.