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    PapaSmurf's Avatar
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    Every year the hips get a little worse so my mileage has decreased.
    I'm now a car camper still pretending to be a hiker.

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    Senior Member Tuckahoe's Avatar
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    In my non-expert opinion, one can be a camper without necessarily being a hiker, but it is rather hard to be a hiker without being a camper.
    "In the beginning, all America was Virginia." -William Byrd

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    Re: Hammock Camper or Hammock Hiker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckahoe View Post
    In my non-expert opinion, one can be a camper without necessarily being a hiker, but it is rather hard to be a hiker without being a camper.
    Yeah what he said...
    Live, Laugh, Love, if that doesn't work. Load, Aim and Fire, repeat as necessary...

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    I'm a camper who likes to hike.
    "Never corner anything meaner than you are...."-Unknown

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    I've been a tent/tarp camper, who likes to hike woodland areas, for 50 years. My style of hiking (99% of the time) is LNT bushwacking vs trails. I enjoy the opportunities it provides for a closer interaction with the flora & fauna of the area I'm in, and now that I've become a dedicated hammock hanger, I'm enjoying it even more. That being said, I have also held the dream of an AT Thru since I was 14 yrs old. I now find myself spending more time on the trails as I prep for my Thru attempt in 2014. Don't know yet if this will lead to becoming a more dedicated hiker who enjoys camping, because I really enjoy finding locations that are isolated, quiet, unique, visually pleasant, etc. and staying put for a day or 3 or 7! I was given an introduction to wilderness survival/bushcraft in 1977 (jungle survival training in the Phillipines...thank you Uncle Sam!) & have been honing my skills since then (haven't been back to the jungle, tho.....Fla. Everglades is as close as I have gotten...1 wk this past March), so extended time in a camp setting works well for me. Time will tell. Bottom line is, no matter the preference, being out in natures beauty is waaay better than staying in the house.
    Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Tipton View Post
    I'm a camper who likes to hike.

    We car camp a lot, but also like to hike.

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    Senior Member MightyMouse's Avatar
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    I'm a hammock hiker. Ultra-light fabric and gear developments have allowed me to do this, even to hiking small sections of various trails. Before the new technologies, I was restricted by my size and strength. Not anymore. I sometimes hike without hanging a hammock (day hike), but I don't camp without my hammock.

    Rather than stopping me, hammock design - thanks to this forum and the people I've met here - has been extended to my home, where I find relief and rest again when I 'go to bed.'

    kc -- Fulltime Hammocker, thanks to Olddog, Samsara, and Duffy!
    Last edited by MightyMouse; 09-23-2013 at 10:33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuckahoe View Post
    In my non-expert opinion, one can be a camper without necessarily being a hiker, but it is rather hard to be a hiker without being a camper.
    What about Day-hiking?

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    Hammock Camper or Hammock Hiker?

    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?
    Forced to think outside the box because of Titanium knees (might will them to Dutch when done ), I Hammock camp with an Adventure Tourer (AT) motorcycle! I have been dreaming about an ultra light version with a tricked 400cc dual sport for those fire roads a bit too goaty for the bigger AT bike. The goal is to camp but enjoy the ride to get there.

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    Depends on my goal for the trip.

    I've been winnowing my gear down to essentials over the last year for my goal of, "Faster, Further, Safer," trips when I don't have a lot of time off of work and want to cover a lot of ground (as an example, next month, I'm going to re-try covering the Foothills Trail--almost eighty miles--in four-ish days). On the other hand, this allows me to bring extras when I want to stay in one place for a while (as an example, I packed in a deep dish pizza and three calzones over a mile of trail to the John Rock Hang earlier this year).

    I enjoy not breaking my back when I'm covering long days, and I enjoy having the extra space and weight tolerance when I'm not. YMMV, though.
    "Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
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