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Re: Why Do You Want To Backpack Then?

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:29 am
by hikerduane
I dont like leaving the mountains and traveling thru a big city (Sacramento) to camp/BP with friends. Kinda a reverse of people coming to the mountains or a area for recreation, my fears are from watching the news over another shooting, drunk driver etc.
Duane

Re: Why Do You Want To Backpack Then?

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:12 am
by sekihiker
I had my semiannual visit with my GP yesterday. We had finished talking about lab results and tests and then he brought up our ongoing discussion of what he considers my risky behavior - backpacking.
Dr - You hike with a partner, now, right?
Me - No. I still go solo most of the time.
Dr - But, you still take your GPS, right?
Me - Even better than that, I take a SPOT, a locator beacon.
Dr - What if you run into a big animal, like a mountain lion. You should carry a big knife.
Me - I don't carry a big knife because I don't have the training to use it against a big animal.
Dr - If a mountain lion attacked, you could protect yourself.
Me - If I had a big knife and a mountain lion attacked, he'd probably knock it out of my hand and like Crocodile Dundee, say, "You call that a knife? I have five of those on each paw."

Re: Why Do You Want To Backpack Then?

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:10 pm
by bobby49
Let's face it, some physicians might be good at gerontology, but you might want to see a physician who is more into sports medicine. If the physician doesn't understand the reality of your sport, then find one who does. After a recent injury, a physical therapist treating me started asking questions about my sport until he finally understood.

Re: Why Do You Want To Backpack Then?

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:27 pm
by Timberline
I don't have any answers for Lumbergh's original question as it pertains to others, I can only say after becoming introduced to hiking and backpacking in my youth by a very encouraging and supportive Scoutmaster, I had the great good fortune later to get paid - yep, that's right, they paid me! - to backpack in the wilderness for 2 summers working for USFS in the Sierra, almost all of it in the backcountry. Best job I ever had. Only encountered 2 bears, but a lot of other stuff happened, and the good far outweighted the bad. Maybe it's all about attitude?