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    Senior Member latriper's Avatar
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    Hammock Camper or Hammock Hiker?

    Just curious as to how everyone views their style. I had always thought of people who camp with hammocks as UL backpacker types until I started camping in one. Due to some bad knees and back, I'm not able to trek long distances but love spending as many nights as possible hanging. Even if I could go 15 miles in a day not sure if I would since it would cut into my relaxing/cooking/eating time. So for you, is it more about the distance traveled, or just getting to a nice spot and staying for a while?

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    I want to get my setup light enough to be able to go for long days but comfortable enough to stay a while and relax. Easy to do in any hammock
    I may be dumb, but at least I'm ugly!

    I've done so much, with so little, for so long, now I can do anything with nothing.

    It's not peer pressure, it's just your turn.

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    Senior Member Kyle's Avatar
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    My mindset, so far, on this is pretty simple. I go out to experience the wilderness. If that means hiking long distances to see as much of it as I can, great. If it means hiking slow and short distances, taking the time to soak every inch of it in, then sitting around camp enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells, great. If it means a short hike to a specific destination and then spending a couple days there (fishing), great.

    I don't really care, as long as I'm in the woods. Whether I hike far and fast (for me) and end up with bloody feet and a bum knee, or I take a leisurely walk through the forest, it doesn't matter. I always return healed.

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    Re: Hammock Camper or Hammock Hiker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    My mindset, so far, on this is pretty simple. I go out to experience the wilderness. If that means hiking long distances to see as much of it as I can, great. If it means hiking slow and short distances, taking the time to soak every inch of it in, then sitting around camp enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells, great. If it means a short hike to a specific destination and then spending a couple days there (fishing), great.

    I don't really care, as long as I'm in the woods. Whether I hike far and fast (for me) and end up with bloody feet and a bum knee, or I take a leisurely walk through the forest, it doesn't matter. I always return healed.
    +1 and very nicely said.

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    Just get out there... Not everyone is 25 mile a day trail blazers... And not everyone enjoys staying at the same place three days in a row... But hey we are all out in the woods to have some fun... Hang your own hang, hike your own hike... Just get airborne...
    Live, Laugh, Love, if that doesn't work. Load, Aim and Fire, repeat as necessary...

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    I go both ways. Sometimes I go out with a goal of hiking a certain amount of miles. Sometimes I'm out to just be lazy and may never end up for than eye shot from my car. Sometimes I go out because I can't stand another minute in the city and I'll stroll leisurely through the woods till I decide to stop for the night or just for a break.

    No matter what though, at least I'm in the woods.
    *Heaven best have trees, because I plan to lounge for eternity.

    Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement. - Mark Twain

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    Distances in miles traveled is not as important to me as the distance I
    am away from society.
    the most beautiful things in nature stay that way because most humans are too lazy to ruin them.
    Last edited by hairbear; 09-23-2013 at 05:11.

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    Sometimes I have to go into the woods. New for me is the opportunity to stay: So I like to do both: Car-camping and hiking around in Switzerland.
    In Italy, Switzerland and Germany free (wild) camping is prohibited, so You have to do some stealthy action or take a public camping side. But beware: in Italy You will be punished for a wild camp with a 300-1000 Euro (better buy another complete set)ticket. And if You go to a public side, You have to talk,talk,talk all about hammocking

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    Never been a big fan of car camping, but if it involves hanging with a bunch of great people then I'm in; other than that, I like to hit the trail and have some fun.

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    For sure a hammock camper here.

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