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Re: hiking classifications

Postby Jimr » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:59 am

AT, that was a jab at the Sierra Club :D
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:59 am

Jimr wrote:AT, that was a jab at the Sierra Club :D


Ah, I didn't see the word hypocrisy in there.... Given the rules and the outcomes, one would expect it. :rolleyes:
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby oldranger » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:05 pm

markskor wrote
BTW, where are we going next year?


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Re: hiking classifications

Postby rlown » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:58 pm

oldranger wrote:markskor wrote
BTW, where are we going next year?


We?

Mike :lmao


Maybe make Mark plan your trip? that should be fun...
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby Cloudy » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:13 pm

Labels Labels Labels.... I just can't see the need to classify everyone into a multitude of categories. I probably have various characteristics of at least four of those groups. At times I have had to strap the bear canister on the top of my pack which towered above my head, have carried a 70 lb. pack, carried a multitude of extra stuff in my first aid kit (and needed it!), usually stick to trails but go off trail on a whim, hike alone, have the best gear I can afford (sometimes the latest & greatest but usually not), try to go as light as possible now that I am older etc. etc. Any label is transitory with the circumstances of your life and experience ever changing. :-)
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby Cross Country » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:20 pm

I believe what Cloudy said is true. I don't think anybody was trying to clasify everyone. I just think people were having fun with this. My comment was the furtest from classification and mine didn't really say anything remotly important.
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby markskor » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:38 am

Really enjoyed the responses like WD's or AT's...where you can feel the trail angst. Lots of subtle information contained there. BTW, Whatever classification mentioned, we all have our Sierra's well-being in common.

Most backpackers are the hardy sort - many are loners, maybe a bit introverted but usually quick to respond to any interesting situation Sierra. Many here are experienced, seen it, done it - made mistakes...got into situations that are questionable, and learned.

Most old-timers also develop a sarcastic side too (quick to point out ironies seen, foolish mistakes made...anything is fair game). Backpackers have thick skins (at least the ones I hike with)...not so readily offended by disagreement.

So lighten up everybody, maybe grow a pair...HYOH, carry whatever backpack/gear you want...nobody is going to carry it for you. Just get out there.
This thread started was in fun...just a way of pointing out some of the many quirks observed.

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Re: hiking classifications

Postby Jimr » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:01 am

And it is all in fun. I was going to respond to Rogue that he is a class all his own, but I suspect he's not. He's just got the huevos to own it out loud.
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby Shhsgirl » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:53 pm

I have hiked with someone I'll call "Yuppie Backpacker." Baby boomer, well-to-do, accustomed to expensive guided trips with porters, wants to check off Roper's Route for bragging rights, doesn't really enjoy being out in wilderness, prefers to scurry from tent site to tent site, impatient and unable to adapt to schedule changes caused by anyone who is "to slow," OR "too fast," wants to be guided step by step over talus, rather than allowing companion to walk several yards ahead, complains about all aspects of the trip as if paying for a trip guide, pouts and sulks when "trip guide" answers that if he/she is so unhappy with trip, perhaps Yuppie Backpacker should try to get his/her money back.
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby Shhsgirl » Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:13 pm

I have one more addition. The "Naked Backpacker." Hiking up to Caribou Lake in the Trinities several years ago, good-looking, thirty-something man completely naked except for hiking boots and pack. Stopped to talk to my daughter and me--we were on our way down and were asking if there were any fires in the way. He politely held his camera case over himself, and I am ashamed to admit that both my daughter and I turned around to enjoy the rear view as he departed up the trail.
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby markskor » Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:39 am

Re: the naked backpacker - lol - almost ashamed to admit that at another location Sierra, this could have been me.
June 21 - the longest day of the year and the first day of summer - also known to some dirt baggers as "naked hiking day." (Google it.) Not exactly sure how this tradition got started but...in years past, when solo, why not?

This year, June 21st found me at the Snow Creek overlook - one of the seven Sacred Pools of Yosemite. Crystal blue skies, no wind, (thankfully no mosquitoes)...paying a few hours homage to this tradition.
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Re: hiking classifications

Postby oldranger » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:47 am

markskor wrote:
Re: the naked backpacker - lol - almost ashamed to admit that at another location Sierra, this could have been me.
June 21 - the longest day of the year and the first day of summer - also known to some dirt baggers as "naked hiking day." (Google it.) Not exactly sure how this tradition got started but...in years past, when solo, why not?

This year, June 21st found me at the Snow Creek overlook - one of the seven Sacred Pools of Yosemite. Crystal blue skies, no wind, (thankfully no mosquitoes)...paying a few hours homage to this tradition.
Sometimes you just have to free up the boys!



Under the best of circumstances markskor is not a pretty sight on the trail. The thought of seeing the above makes me ill! :puke:

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