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    Jhp45auto's Avatar
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    I am a wanna belong distance hiker, but without the time to do it. I "train" walking 3-4 miles a couple times a week walking the roads with a full pack and my dog. When I get a free pass, I rarely get 2 nights so usually just an out and back, and I find myself going as fast as I can as long as I can, still in "training" mode. That's ok too, I certainly can use the exercise, but I should slow down to maximize the enjoyment of every step in the woods.

    But for me it is still the dream of being a mile crushing lightweight, high speed low drag backpacker, who sleeps comfortably off the ground.

    Reality for me is more scouting campouts where I get to enjoy my gear than long miles, but every night above ground counts, right?
    And even if you saw it yourself, you wouldn't believe it
    But I wouldn't trust a person like me, if I were you
    Sure I wasn't there, I swear I have an alibi
    I heard it from a man who knows a fella who says it's true
    Gaelic Storm - Johnny Tarr

  2. #132
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    Quote Originally Posted by latriper View Post
    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?
    I don't go for long distances really. Usually anywhere between 3 to 7 miles for the hike in to wherever camp is going to be set up. I'm an [amateur] landscape photographer, so most the time I'm on the trail, I'm going slow and taking a ton of photos along the way.

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    Senior Member Helium33's Avatar
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    I am a hiker who loves to hammock .

  4. #134
    Senior Member latriper's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobamos View Post
    A hiker at heart but a car camper by knees. My knees no longer allow me the enjoyment of hiking long distances. As a kid I was a long distance runner. Today I am a short distance fridge visitor. Generally I will probably hike about a mile to a site and make it a base camp. Then each day take a walk around and see nature at its best.
    I know the feeling. 2 surgeries on my right knee in 2015 so no hiking for me but plenty of sleeping in my hammock.

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