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River 08-05-2009 09:55 PM

Outdoor Recreation
Hiking, backpacking, skiing, camping, boating, rafting, picnics, ...etc.


My partner, Kevin, & I will be going backpacking in the New Mexico wilderness on Friday for three nights! We've done a lot of hiking and "car-camping" together over our nearly 13 years together, but this will be our first backpacking trip, as it took us a while to get all of the proper equipment.... Stuf's expensive -- for the good gear.

We're gonna make our first backpacking trip together real easy! The trail we're taking is only 6 miles, so it will mostly be about hanging out in the wilderness rather than going in far. It makes sense to go easy since neither of us have backpacked since our youth. We need to ease into it. We're in pretty decent shape for "older" guys, but there are risks and our wilderness skills and packing sensibilities are in need of gradual improvement after years of neglect.

The equipment we acquired will make life much easier! We got the perfect space age backpaking cooking equipment, and a really cool lightweight and compact hand crank operated water filter device. I've never used one of those, and always packed all the water needed -- so this will save a lot of weight, so long as we plan our trips where good water is to be found. (Filters are good to prevent microbial diseases!) And now we both have really fine internal frame packs....

Any backpackers in here?

NeonKaos 08-05-2009 11:33 PM


Originally Posted by JRiverMartin (Post 4186)

Any backpackers in here?

Not me, but my husband is trying to get in shape to do the kind of thing you just described. He is getting the gear ready and "practicing" with it when we go camping in our trailer.

River 08-05-2009 11:40 PM

Whatever you do, Don't Tell Him That Made Me Giggle!:D

There is a hierarchy in the Serious Business of Outdoorsmanship (... and Outdoorwoman [uh]... manship...).

At the top of the hierarchy of Serious Camping (no gay pun intended) are Backpackers, for obvious reasons.

Middleway, are the "car campers," who "pack" everything into the "wilderness" in their cars, but at least "rough it" by sleeping in tents.

At the very bottom of the hierarchy, are those who camp in trailers, which they pull behind their cars or trucks. They are at the bottom for obvious reasons.:
(a) They pee indoors! (b) they poop indoors (c) they often even cook indoors (d) they have eee-lec-tricity! (e) they may even blow dry their hair, or, worse (f) watch television in there!:p

NeonKaos 08-05-2009 11:52 PM

Um, River honey - it's a TearDrop trailer; NOT an RV.

Google is your friend. I'll wait.

Everything you said in that last paragraph is untrue.


I guess you could color me offended.

River 08-05-2009 11:55 PM

Aha! So there are at least Four Levels of our Esteemed and Eternal Hierarchy!

(a) backpackers -- the oh-so-superior ones.

(b) car campers who sleep in tents.

(c) teary-eyed boy-men with their tender wives in TearDrop trailers.

(d) the unmentionables.

NeonKaos 08-05-2009 11:58 PM

Whatever... Maybe we should ask Barry for some insight about this.

Don't know where you got your criteria for (c).

River 08-06-2009 12:03 AM


Originally Posted by YGirl (Post 4206)
I guess you could color me offended.

I thought my spoofy humor was obvious enough! ... Color me, trying to be funny!

NeonKaos 08-06-2009 12:05 AM

I was trying to be funny too and I seem to have succeeded miserably.

River 08-06-2009 12:12 AM


Funny, Kevin & I were just discussing this thread... when it dawned on me, slowly, that I may have been spoofed in reverse! Me pulling your chain and you pulling mine about it. Sorry... slow learner here. Perhaps because I'm unleashing my silly side moreso than ever in this forum, and ... well, I tend to come off pretty serious most days.

River 08-06-2009 12:30 AM


Well... Okay....:D

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