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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:51 am 
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Outdoorsy? Hell yeah! Filling my lungs with fresh air, escaping the noises of the cityscape, clearing my mind, re-energize, re-vitalize!
Running, climbing, hiking and playin' in the dirt. Does it get any better than that?
We're all children under one sun, children of the open air. Mother Earth and Father Sky - it's in our genes, man!

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High five! :supz: Where do you hike, Wolf? What part of the world are you in?

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:16 pm 
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Rock on!
Currently stuck in Denmark, Scandinavia. One of the flattest countries in the world with endless farming fields which doesn't suit my "playstyle" at all. I need it rough 'n' wild.
My most recent hike was in Sweden, but I've hiked/climbed in Norway, Thailand, Corsica and China.
Next stop, a south american adventure when I can afford it.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
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el lobo wrote:
Rock on!
Currently stuck in Denmark, Scandinavia. One of the flattest countries in the world with endless farming fields which doesn't suit my "playstyle" at all. I need it rough 'n' wild.


Bummer. I'm with you--I grew up in the Midwest where the tallest thing was a grain silo. I escaped to the Colorado Rockies and cavorted for over a decade exploring remote areas and scrambling mountains solo. Miss that, big time.

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My most recent hike was in Sweden, but I've hiked/climbed in Norway, Thailand, Corsica and China.
Next stop, a south american adventure when I can afford it.


If I were in your predicament, I'd be exploring the shoreline, fjords, outcroppings, anything. And showshoeing/skiing. Do you have a website or photo account of your adventures? Mine's below, covering the last six years in the Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest.

Keep the faith; South America will wait for you. 8)

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of course I like the outdoors. veganism and nature go hand in hand I think. Taking a run with the wind in my hair, and the birds fluttering around, with an open blue sky. much better than running on a treadmill.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
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I have a bunch of photos ect. but none of em' are going online at the moment.

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Keep the faith; South America will wait for you. 8)


With all the human descruction going on, I guess South America will be waiting, but let's see for how long the rainforest will hold up...

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lohungfong wrote:
of course I like the outdoors. veganism and nature go hand in hand I think. Taking a run with the wind in my hair, and the birds fluttering around, with an open blue sky. much better than running on a treadmill.


Man, you make me want to go for a run right now! Speaking of veganism and nature going hand in hand, I love learning about native plants and berries that I can eat while I'm out hiking. It's fun to graze in the forest, the price is right (FREE!), and it doesn't get any more organic than that. :-D

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
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ReneeMBM wrote:
Just moved to the tropical end of the Outback and I've been out and about seeing incredible scenery and waterfalls and looking at rockclimbing destinations. Currently out-of-commission a bit due to a 4-month-old baby... Swimming almost every day atm. The wet season is HOT.

I'd love to hike the Appalachian Trail in the USA!


Renee, I'm envious. I've always wanted to see the lush parts of Australia. Hey, just get a baby backback and in a few months, you'll have a tiny hiking partner that will work your quads extra hard.

It's funny, because just the other night a hiking buddy and I were laughing about our favorite Appalachian Trail book, "A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson. http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Redisc ... 0767902521 Go find this book immediately, it is absolutely hysterical. Bill is a professional writer who decided out of the blue to hike the AT. Out of shape, with no gear or skills, he describes his journey from pudgy newspaper columnist to hard body hiker with humor, detail, and little tangents that tell some history about the area. An old buddy whom he hasn't seen in years, Katz, joins him and the guy is like a walking slapstick comedy. If you are outdoorsy, have some hiking experience, and want a good picture of what the AT experience is like, start with this true story account and go from there to maps, guides, and technical manuals. As a matter of fact, I think I'll check this book out of the library again on my next trip and read it for the tenth time.

My favorite part of the whole book is when he buys all his brand new gear and sets it up in the basement to practice. He gets in the tent, into his sleeping bag, and lays there, trying to imagine what it will be like to do this every night under trees in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, he has just read a book on bear attacks in the wild, so his imagination is getting the best of him in a hilarious way. Also, he's worried about the toothless, inbred hillbillies out there who are just waiting to reinact a few choice scenes from "Deliverance." He fantasizes that he can hear one of them just outside his tent, whispering loudly, "Hey, Virgil, here's another one. Git the rope!"

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Ha! I read that book years ago, along with a few other of his books. It's what inspired me in the 1st place! :D

I have an Ergo Sport baby carrier. I'll invest in a hiking pack as soon as I adjust to the climate... Tough in the wet season!

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:34 pm 
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That's great, you're all set. And I just reread "A Walk in the Woods" over the weekend. Laughed my butt off all over again. I'm dying to know what Katz actually looks like. I visualize him as about 5'9", rotund, with a scraggly salt and pepper beard and squinty, angry eyes.

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Forest Service Feedback

These quotations are actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by hikers completing wilderness camping trips.

# "Escalators would help on steep uphill sections."

# "A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."

# "Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness."

# "Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."

# "Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals."

# "All the mile markers are missing this year."

# "Found a smoldering cigarette left by a horse."

# "Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."

# "Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."

# "Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow in the winter."

# "Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."

# "The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals."

# "Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."

# "A McDonald's would be nice at the trailhead."

# "The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."

# "Too many rocks in the mountains."

# "Need more signs to keep area pristine."

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My head hurts. :p


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
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It sometimes baffles me how dense people can be. And these are the ones that at least go out and try to have a wilderness experience. Imagine the ones who never even go out! :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:53 am 
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Marcina wrote:
I used to go dirtbiking.
Now I'm broke and have no dirtbikes or anything else with a motor in it for that matter. So, I take daily walks :)


Get a Mountain Bike ! great way to go dirt biking without motor and very in expencive :D


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
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I'm outdorsey alright, like many have said confined spaces just get me depressed. I live in a large urban area but am lucky to have the English countryside on my doorstep. I love mountain biking and hiking. It's winter here now but I still spend most of the time outdoors. love it !

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody here outdoorsy?
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and preferably not all on the same hike. But it could happen.

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Y'all are not going to like this. My dad was an Ojibwa Indian who took me on my first hunting trip when I was about 8 years old. I have hunted and fished all my life. Recently I discovered that what I like most about hunting is the hiking, so I've been doing a lot of hiking and I shoot sporting clays. I am vegan because it cured my diabetes, and diabetes is what killed my dad. I haven't done any hunting lately because what would be the point? I'm not going to eat it. I would really love to hear from another American Indian vegan to find out how they deal with the conflict between their hunting and fishing heritage and being vegan.


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