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    Just curious...

    What do you consider yourself? If you had to choose one word to describe yourself and your relation to the outdoors, what would it be? Hiker, adventurer, mountaineer, explorer, backpacker, nomad, etc...

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    I'm a Hiker
    " Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. "

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    Hiker yes
    Adventurer yes
    Mountaineer no
    Explorer sure
    Backpacker yes
    Nomad Looked up the official term, eh.. sure.. I guess we are a community. I would prefer Pilgrimage, Crusade, Journey...
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    Nature Boy.

    When I was a 9 year old kid I lived in Lawrence KS and discovered a whole world of fossils in the dirt and would take them to my 4th grade class, along with frogs and toads and anything else I could find. My teacher let me work on my fossils in class and she called me Nature Boy.

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    Naturalist. A botanist. But a generalist and dilettante in reality. I spent most of my career teaching outdoors.

    One of my major goals in thruhiking the Bruce Trail here in Ontario next spring is to follow Spring northwards for six weeks.
    I'm wondering how to capture those aspects of my solo experience


    Bruce Traillium

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    Sarcastic.

    Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

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    Outdoorsmen!

    RUNT ''13''

    P.S. usually its 2 words ''Complete Outdoorsmen''

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    I refuse to pick a single word to describe me.

    "Ain't no thing like me, except me!" ... Rocket Raccoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traillium View Post
    Naturalist. A botanist. But a generalist and dilettante in reality. I spent most of my career teaching outdoors.

    One of my major goals in thruhiking the Bruce Trail here in Ontario next spring is to follow Spring northwards for six weeks.
    … I'm wondering how to capture those aspects of my solo experience …


    Bruce Traillium
    I hiked the Bruce trail end to end in 2011 with my dog( self supported). It took me 6 weeks also. One of he best hikes of my life. It was naturally a solo hike.

    There were times, I did not see a soul for three days including the locals. Finding a site to camp was a challenge in some areas and compromise is what that solves it.

    Believe it or not July 2011 was the warmest month in Canadian recorded history and in some days the temperature was as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 80% humidity( imagine the swarm of flies). The flora and fauna you see is incredible and the waterfalls you pass takes it to a new level.

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    If I have to choose one word it would be a hiker .

    If more then Hiker/climber/ex hunter/angler/Bird watcher/naturalist/ex rock climber/dreamer.

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    Backpacker or Hiker. Both are the same to me.

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    A carbon based life form

    thom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kookork View Post
    I hiked the Bruce trail end to end in 2011 with my dog( self supported). It took me 6 weeks also. One of he best hikes of my life. It was naturally a solo hike.

    There were times, I did not see a soul for three days including the locals. Finding a site to camp was a challenge in some areas and compromise is what that solves it.

    Believe it or not July 2011 was the warmest month in Canadian recorded history and in some days the temperature was as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 80% humidity( imagine the swarm of flies). The flora and fauna you see is incredible and the waterfalls you pass takes it to a new level.
    I'd love to know more, Kookork!

    Tented, I suppose? Tell me more about finding sites, please. Any grief from BT organizers? (I'm hammocking, so hope it will easier to find spots.)

    How about water, especially in that hot summer? And the dog?

    How did you provision/resupply? How often did you leave the formal trail?

    Any special tips?

    Thanks in advance!


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    one word can have fairly wide definitions i.e. "football" in N America is a completely different thing than most of the world

    "backpacker" in most of the the world is someone who travels/ tours with a goal of economy - usually, but not necessarily using a backpack for luggage

    "hiking" is reasonably defined as walking a trail

    subsets - as I would define them

    speed hiking - the main goal is speed

    distance hiker - the main goal is obvious

    light hiker - main goal is existing on minimum

    trail runner - usually does not backcountry camp

    nature lover - fan of scenery, wildlife, photography or just being in the backcountry

    tree hugger - radical environmentalist

    gear freak - main goal/ activity is obsessing on gear of self and others

    dirt bag hiker - goal is to exist with cheapest gear possible

    trail bum- main goal is to drop out of society and exist on the trail

    ??? - main goal is to party/ socialize on a trail - while this is a much commented on phenomenon it does not seem to have a common name - any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheyou View Post
    A carbon based life form

    thom
    that would be "organic"

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    If it's true that "you are what you eat", then I'm a Carbohydrate.
    Simple is good.

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    I'm many things not one. What I do are many things not one. Yet, I'm infinitely interconnected to a whole.
    I Am Who I Am.

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    a drinker with a hikin' problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    a drinker with a hikin' problem
    same's here....
    For a couple of bucks, get a weird haircut and waste your life away Bryan Adams....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    a drinker with a hikin' problem
    my problem is that I've largely lost the taste ... and don't have the time to do the miles that I want
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