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I wanted everyone's thoughts on this question... not because it matters in the grand scheme of things but because it seems like so many other random activities are considered sport.  

] What do you think?  Does it meet the criteria to be considered a sport?  Would there ever be any way (or reason) to backpack competitively?  Thanks everyone for the input and opinions!

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Well some people consider it only a "true" sport if a ball is involved, although hockey has a puck. I'd consider it a sport although there are no rules to it.
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I feel that the term "sport" requires both rules and competition.  Backpacking has neither.

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I feel that the term "sport" requires both rules and competition.  Backpacking has neither.

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I feel that the term "sport" requires both rules and competition.  Backpacking has neither.

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Definitely not a sport. Being competitive defeats the purpose of getting away from civilization IMO. I guess there are those "fastpackers" who relish covering great distances in a single day. I don't get it personally, but that's my mindset. I still don't see that as competitive unless they are trying to outdo a hiking partner.
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Not a sport.  A world view, and for some a way of life.


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When you are nearly 60 keeping up with 30 somethings, it is a challenge. Sporting yes?

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For me sports include football, baseball, volleyball, golf, hockey, track ..... Hobbies and pursuits include backpacking, hiking, fishing, hunting ....  

Yes I know they have competitive fishing but I don't consider that a sport since you really play against the fish first and other anglers second.

I don't count horse and car racing as sports. The horse and car are putting forth most of the effort.

Gymnastics and figure skating don't count either. The scoring is done by a panel of experts.

So it goes beyond just rules and competition for me. Hard to explain but for me it has to be humans (singular or team) competing athletically on a level playing field with a scoring element that is absolute (not a set of judges who determine a score).
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Not unless it's an adventure race or geocache event.

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I feel that the term "sport" requires both rules and competition.  Backpacking has neither.

I lean the same way.  I consider it more of an activity than a sport.  Some endeavors can be both I suppose.  For instance, bicycling can be extremely competitive and therefore definitely a sport but at the same time it can be simply an activity when one rides for pleasure or transportation.  To me, to be a sport there has to be an aspect of competition.  JMO.  Realy doesn't matter I reckon.

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There are competitions where people backpack.
First one there wins situation usually.
But anyway, I consider it a sport. Life is too short to have rules and regulations.
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We have this discussion every few years.  I believe the conclusion is usually that it's an obsession.

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Well the first one to camp does get the best tent/tarp/hammock site.  :;):
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I want cheerleaders.

Only then will I confidently call it a sport. :D


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It's only a sport if you win something at the end, make millions of dollars, have 14 kids with 30 different women, do enough steroids to kill a guerilla, lie about said drugs, hire some goon to beat your competition with a pipe and/or pretend your pretend girlfriend died on the Internet.
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Though a subject a troll would toss out, it is something worth discussing a wee bit lest any board member be confused over this non-issue.

Have never heard anyone call backpacking or hiking sports.  They are outdoor physical activities with no element of rules or games.   Oh it is true media sometimes calls all manner of non-work activities sports if they requires physical activity like polls on a list of participant popularity of leisure activities.    Yeah the sport of jogging around the block for excercise each morning...yuck!  

And of course equipment for some of these leisure activities are found in sporting goods stores so media advertisers tend to emphasize these activities as sports as though such makes products more desirable.  

And it is true many such activities have a small number of enthusiasts who engage in competitive actitivity like those Guiness Book of Records enviest repeatedly trying to be the fastest persons to climb the trail up Half Dome.  However such can be dismissed when discussing such activities in general.


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The whole concept of a "sport" is an entirely human-borne construct.  There is no such thing inherent in nature.  Its very definition is vague and subjective.

As such, whether or not a particular activity is "a sport" or not is also subjective and open to interpretation.  There is no definitive "right answer", since the term "sport" isn't so accurately defined anyway.

It's still funny to watch people bicker about absolute truths though. :D


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It's still funny to watch people bicker about absolute thruths though. :p

Internet bickering could be a sport if I could get everyone to agree on the rules, but that would lead to another argument.

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This is a sporting discussion...

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Can't bet on it, so no.
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Yes and no ...

Yes, it is a sport in view of the definition of a physical activity engaged in for pleasure.  That is the broad general definition of sport.  There is no clear line which divides what is a sport versus what is not a sport under this broad definition.  So backpacking and hiking are sports.

On the other hand, BPing/hiking aren't officially sports competitions like baseball or football.  But the sports like ultra-marathon trail running, adventure races, orienteering competitions, etc, these are competitions.  Also, people commonly keep track of things like bagnights, miles hiked, peaks bagged, etc.  Listening to some ultralight BPers, pack weight can even be a sorta competition.  hehe


As far as how we BPers view ourselves and our chosen pastime, we generally see it more as a hobby/activity or even lifestyle than sport.  Then again, most people tend to view themselves in the most positive way possible.  So though we may view what others do as a crass sport, we see ourselves as a bit more noble.

BTW, this topic has been discussed several times on this board.

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physical activity engaged in for pleasure.  That is the broad general definition of sport.  

If that's the definition of a sport, than getting a varsity letter might be a lot more attainable for some folks than they would have suspected.

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physical activity engaged in for pleasure.  That is the broad general definition of sport.  

If that's the definition of a sport, than getting a varsity letter might be a lot more attainable for some folks than they would have suspected.

Under the noun definition 1 b, I am an All-Pro.   hahahaha

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It's only a sport if you win something at the end, make millions of dollars, have 14 kids with 30 different women, do enough steroids to kill a guerilla, lie about said drugs, hire some goon to beat your competition with a pipe and/or pretend your pretend girlfriend died on the Internet.

I guess it's a sport then, you've described most of us very well.  :D

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