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    I'm definitely a hiker/backpacker. This summer I did a lot of dispersed camping in state and national forests where we'd set up camp for a few days on the edge of a lake and fish and hang out. It was fun, but it left me itching to get on the trail. This confirmed in my mind that I do like both types of camping, but if I had to pick, I will pick the hiking. My style is different in the winter, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    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...
    +1

    I prefer to hike/backpack but find that my schedule and folks who go with me place me more often than not, (in fact more often than preferred) in the car camping catagory.

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    I don't really care about the distance travelled so much but I do like to spend more time on the trail than in camp. I'm a 6 hour-a-night sleeper so, even if I get into camp just before dark, I'm looking at 3-6 hours of excess dark time (depending on the time of year) to burn. I spend that time reading or, on occasion, watching a movie I downloaded to my tablet prior to leaving.

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    I really appreciate everyone's comments. I certainly agree that no matter the style, being in the woods is the best. Glad I was introduced to the hammock world and Hammock Forums as IMHO, it is the best way to experience any style of camping.

    Side note: Gave a couple of my son's scout friends a ride home this afternoon and they were talking about trying to get the scout master to endorse hammock camping for the upcoming camp out this weekend. Guess I may be to blame for that

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    Re: Hammock Camper or Hammock Hiker?

    Quote Originally Posted by hairbear View Post
    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.
    This most of the time. I like backpacking because its easier to find those hide aways. Cars allow too many yuppies spoil the land. I do like to challenge myself on miles on occasion. And its fun to cut weight and lower pack weight.

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    Getting to that age where covering distance isn't as important as time spent in the woods with good friends. Sitting around a campfire and sharing an evening in the woods in story telling and companionship is my goal.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    I have been working my way through a number of hiking lists in the Northeast so I guess I primarily hike. However, the camping part is a great bonus that comes with the hiking. Whether it is a backpacking trip, or car camping, setting up camp after a day of hiking and spending the night wherever you happen to end the day is both enjoyable and satisfying.

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    Have never hiked. Only amble. Sometimes wander if I'm really being pressed.

    Miles, not that important. Movement, that's more or less the goal. Camp and campfires, great! But that's all for dusk and after dark mostly.

    I deer camp throughout the season. That pretty much gives me all the car camping I need for the rest of the year. We pull a small warhorse of an RV down there, but I hang under the stars. They don't get it....or understand why they are so cold on their cots
    You got your cold dog soup and rainbow pie
    It's all it takes to get me by
    Fool my belly to the day I die
    With cold dog soup and rainbow pie

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    It's a constant struggle for me - I'm more of a hiker and the whole camping thing just doesn't thrill me. I'm looking for exercise, personally, but sometimes I'll do the car camping thing for camaraderie.

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    If i have a backpack i'm hiking, not camping. i see no reason to walk into the woods and sit there
    if i camp, i got the BarBQ grill, lawn chairs and kayaks with me.
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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