26 responses

  1. kate
    July 28, 2010

    love the photo! did you take it?

  2. Earlylite
    July 28, 2010

    yeah, a couple of years ago while backpacking in the Adirondacks. The guy is an aspiring writer in New York. Perfect shot.

  3. lostalot
    July 28, 2010

    Aren't we all weirdos? If they can keep up and don't seem like psychos maybe you'll get to know an interesting person.

  4. Earlylite
    July 28, 2010

    I thought of you when I put together this list. :-)

  5. lostalot
    July 28, 2010

    Well you would've flunked me out right off.

    Anyway you might add some kind of bladder capacity test; I remember a guy who must have had a bladder the size of a grape and urine the consistency of molasses. I couldn't say anything to his face but if he's out there, GO SEE A DOCTOR DUDE!

    • Mike
      August 13, 2012

      Why was this a problem for you? There’s something I’m missing I guess.

  6. Microzen
    July 28, 2010

    What a great photo. My wife dragged three of these on an overnight hike.

    They burned really well.

  7. Bill Laidley
    July 29, 2010

    It's more than that.As we age other limitations come into play-fewer partner possibles,energy levels,strength(go light!),stamina,family commitments,etc.Keep up the good web site work.Do we all become Walter Mitty?-Reading about backpacking at our computers,but not actually hiking?

  8. Earlylite
    July 29, 2010

    Dude – I'm out hiking and you should be too. Just say No to housework, gardening, car washing, shopping, family time, and get out there and pound some miles. You'll be a better Dad/mom/son/daughter, gardener, etc. when you get home.

  9. L.
    July 29, 2010

    I recently had to bag a trip because my friend, a good hiking partner, wanted to invite her husband – a bad hiking partner who likes to play "one up" even though he's the only one playing. The thought of stepping into the woods with him was shudder-inducing.

    I have since found a good hiking partner without an annoying husband. I actually took her up her first mountain ever. There was something so awesome about rounding the bend that brought us to our first vista and hearing her explain "Oh my gosh, we are above the trees!" She's already asking what our next mountain is.

    • Tina
      August 9, 2012

      I would love to find a hiking partner. If you’re interested in seeing if we are compatible please shoot me an email. I’m no expert but can hold my own. Last hike was paintbrush loop in the tetons (amazing), but I’m more about the nature than the challenge now. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

  10. Addy
    July 29, 2010

    I'm with L. If you train your own backpackers, you can catch them when they are still impressionable, and bend them to your will.

  11. Earlylite
    July 30, 2010

    I like to catch them ofter they've returned to the sea. :-)

  12. Addy
    August 1, 2010

    The more I think about this, the more I like it. I once spent the night with a backpacker who cuddles in her sleep. Not cool.

  13. Earlylite
    August 2, 2010

    That could be bad.

  14. Timmy Mac
    August 22, 2011

    Wait…you people are anti-vodka and anti-snuggling? What sort of bad crowd have I fallen in with here?

  15. Stephen
    August 22, 2011

    Thank goodness my hiking partner hasn't given up on me yet. If so I'd be learning to like solo hiking.

    Truthfully everyone has a quirk or two that will annoy at the most inopportune time.


  16. RevLee
    August 22, 2011

    A couple of additional questions:

    Do you snore?

    Wrong answer: No one will sleep close enough to tell me.

    Wrong answer: A ranger mistakenly tried to arrest me for illegal timber harvesting.

    Right answer: no or rarely

    Can you enjoy the quiet?

    Wrong answer: Of course, but let me tell you the story about the time….

    Right answer: Yes.

    • Mike
      August 13, 2012

      My long time backpacking friend and I solved this by each carrying lightweight tents and sleeping 100 yards apart. It’s worked for years. We both snore now.

  17. Mark
    August 22, 2011

    Or alternatively:

    What do you do if you tent mate starts snoring?

    Wrong answer: Spend the rest of the trip moaning about it.

    Right answer: Put the ear plugs in, roll over and go to sleep.

    Love the post, BTW :-)

  18. Alanvalentinus
    August 13, 2012

    I try to educate and inspire people into backpacking rather than screen them out.

  19. Mike
    August 13, 2012

    Someone above said something about a one-up hiker and I agree. I won’t go with a miles-at-all- costs type. I’d rather wander, stop and drink it in, take some photos, and see more side country than I would making backpacking into just another job.
    No thanks to loudmouths too. And no whining.

  20. wvevie
    August 13, 2012

    While we are on the subject, does anyone have a link to a website for meeting other backpackers looking for like-minded hikers? For instance, I’m a 61 yr old, (fairly novice) hiker and have trouble finding compatible hiking companions. I’d like to see something like a site divided up into regions or states for matchups to be made. Does something like that exist?

    Maybe this could be a blog subject, Phillip?

    • Mike
      August 14, 2012

      WVEveie …. Around here (Portland, OR) meetup.com has several hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing groups. One has over 3000 members. They go out all the time for hikes as short as a mile or two in a city park to epic week long snowshoeing trip in the dead of winter. You might check meetup.com

  21. Keith Rayeski
    August 21, 2012

    this is why I hike solo…..no one else could stand to hike with me and I was running out of places to hide bodies! ;>) Phil cured of the snake concern!

  22. Keith Rayeski
    August 21, 2012

    That should be “Phil cured ME of the snake concern”…

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