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Games

Postby maverick » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:31 pm

What games do you play when camping/backpacking? Cards, dominoes, chess
when with a group? If solo does anyone work cross word puzzles? Did anyone
play capture the flag or a version of it back in the day when with a larger
group or boy/girl scouts? What do your younger children play, how about your
teenagers? Any of them haul electronic games along?
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Re: Games

Postby oldranger » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:21 pm

Games, Games? I don't need no stinking games! Sleep, eat, fish, hike, eat, fish, drink, eat, fish, read, sleep... Sometimes when my wife is with me there is a little variation. :littledevil:

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Re: Games

Postby bluefintu » Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:44 pm

Hey Maverick,

I'm a Scoutmaster for my Boy Scout Troop and I don't allow any electronics, only a cell phone. My thing is to get the Scouts to talk about the hike, what they liked or dis-liked about the trip. Some Scout may have a deck of cards, but that's about it and so far, they all go to sleep very early. I try to have things planned for the Scouts to keep them busy all day long. It sure wear's me out.
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Re: Games

Postby Scouter9 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:08 am

No electronics on our Scouting backpacking trips, other than cell phones with adult leaders.

We typically bring playing cards and one of my boys has a cool checker board bandana and little foam checkers that weighs next to nothing. The guys are usually tired by nightfall, but some kind of game is very good for those afternoon rain-showers when we might hunker down for a bit. Last August, some of those storms lasted several hours and the cards were very popular.

It's not a game, but I have a cool ultralight kite I like to fly over Sierra lakes from time to time. "Hey, fellas, remember Ben Franklin?" :retard:

Although we fish, hike, wade and screw around on off days, I'd never support a game like capture the flag, etc... that would involve running cross-country, yelling and etc... That doesn't fit my wilderness ethos and I wouldn't want to deal with the image it could project to other backpackers.
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Re: Games

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:05 am

oldranger wrote:
Sometimes when my wife is with me there is a little variation. :littledevil:


Knew I should have written "G" rated. :)
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Re: Games

Postby balzaccom » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:29 am

No games per se...but I do take a tiny Sudoku book, that serves as both entertainment and fire starter. Once I finish a puzzle, I leave it in the book...and every once in a while I can start a fire with those.

Other than that, it's fishing, sitting around the fire, watching the sun go down, watching the starts come out...and, yes, my wife is there too!
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Re: Games

Postby schmalz » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:54 pm

My wife and I have enjoyed many rounds of dominoes in the backcountry on our travels. We usually play a game during one of our midday snack breaks, and often play some more in the tent after dinner.

I carry my smartphone with me now (mainly for an alarm clock) and have some games on it, but I don't touch those :)
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Re: Games

Postby sparky » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:31 am

I am not really big on games, but I have played cards a handful of times. I never bring cards or anything like that. Occasionally I will bring pad and paper to draw or write. Usually I hike all day, and spend downtime in camp studying the maps.

In scouts we played capture the flag, hide and seek, ect....fun fun fun!

Oh, and I carry a smartphone with me too, and I have peaks passes trails on it. I will read that if I have battery power to spare
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Re: Games

Postby Jimr » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:06 pm

Only once. Last year when my kid and I were "stuck", we made a checkerboard and played many games. Other than that, there's too much to do. I'm normally (always) the cook and clean-up, so there's no time in the evening. I brought a book once, it was a solo trip.
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Re: Games

Postby balzaccom » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:35 pm

Good point--I once carved a chess set ( very minimal) during a rainy few days forty years ago.

And we played chess once before the clouds disappeared.
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Re: Games

Postby rlown » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:42 pm

Um, it depends on who goes.. This was a friendly game of Pai Gow at about 10pm and below freezing.

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Lately as the group has dwindled, it's now cribbage.
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Re: Games

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:58 pm

When solo, I carry a 6x9 notebook and sometimes a paperback book. The notebook is my journal and I use for ruminating about anything and everything when I am in a campsite. When I’m not taking photos, it is the other way I spend my time (along with gazing at the view).

On trips with my wife, I carry the notebook and sometimes a paperback. She also carries a notebook and a paperback (she’s a writer by profession). We also bring along a deck of cards and a cribbage board. We got the cribbage board at a local white elephant sale in the 1980s. It’s plastic and a deck of cards fits inside when it’s folded closed. It’s about 6 inches by 3 inches and weighs 4 ounces with a deck of cards. We’ve taken it on every trip, car camping or backpacking and even overseas, since we bought it. For over 30 years, it’s been a late afternoon ritual to indulge in libations and play cards while gazing at whatever view is before us.
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