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Last year was kinda a bust for me as far as BPing goes.  I did a few things but the big trip I planned ended early due to illness.  But this year has been great for getting out.  We just got back from another weekend trip and another 25+ miles in the backcountry.  We saw two fledgling owls making a racket up in the trees.  The still had much of their baby downy feathers but could fly from tree to tree.  We saw a bald eagle screeching as he flew way overhead.  We also saw a family of pheasants.  The weather was great.  We are enjoying a great year and the summer has just began.

So, how about you?  How has your year been for getting out into the backcountry?

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Busted heel.  No backpacking likely this year.
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Man, that is tough.  Hope you heal quickly and completely.  The you can get back to your regular activities.

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I'm continuing to get out regularly, but I've been resorting to some "unspectacular" areas in steppe and scrub forest. Hence, I rarely bother to remove my camera from my pack. They are not the areas people here ask about or seek out. But they are pleasantly devoid of other hikers. And every week the scenery changes, however unspectacular. I'm noticing little things I've somehow overlooked for years. Most of the area is prime mountain-lion country, and I'm continually seeking tracks.

My area has received an unusual surplus of rain in later springtime and early summer. That has provided some unexpected treats in greenery and even wildlife. In an area long considered absent of bears, there have been several confirmed sightings just recently. And that adds to my enthusiasm. On the other hand, I've shunned the beetle-killed forests bequeathed by long drought and warmer winter temperatures.

Because of the rugged terrain and lack of scenic grandeur, I'm actually bushwhacking areas humans may have never or rarely ever visited. There simply is little reason for anyone but me to be there, and I'm content with that. I doubt that even Native Americans took those routes. But the night skies are still magnificent. The cool night air is still invigorating. The starry skies still host a bird call or wildlife alarm. So whatever. I guess I'm doing things my way, and that's okay with me.


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I've had three backpacking trips this year, one for 6 days.  I'm partially out of action with a hip condition that should eventually clear up, so I hope to get in a bunch of hiking later in the year.
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I had my annual trip to the Big Ditch, spending almost 2 weeks in the bag.  I had a kayak trip in Jan which resulted in more nights out, but none backpacking.  My big trip in Aug or Sept this yr was cancelled due to moving.  

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I had an everglades trip with ol-zeke in January and another everglades trip in March with a friend.  This spring I backpacked 240 miles of the AT from Hot Springs NC to Mt. Roger's Visitor Center in VI.  I have just returned from a paddling trip on the St. Croix River in WI and have more trips planned.

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Travis, we have gone over some familiar territory as well.  But as you say, if you keep your eyes open, there are always new things to see in familiar areas.  Good to hear you are Regular.  hehe

Well big_load, hadn't heard about your hip.  Hope it clears up as expected.  I have two week long trips planned for August.  Actually one is a week long work party with WTA up on Anderson Pass in ONP.  As a bonus, it will also be during the Perseids.  chaching  The other week long trip is with HoosierDaddy on the PCT.  I think Ldyblad has some plans for me as well.  Anyway, get well!

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Anyway, get well!

Thanks!  I've been ignoring it, since I hoped it would get better on its own and figured it would be something permanent if not.  I was disappointed to be wrong about the former, and relieved to be wrong about the latter.
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Travis, we have gone over some familiar territory as well.  But as you say, if you keep your eyes open, there are always new things to see in familiar areas.  Good to hear you are Regular.  hehe. . . .

Yeah, thanks. I've never aspired to be a constipated backpacker. It's the weight thing you know. Gotta trim those ounces. Heh, heh.

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I've had a few decent hikes so far and going kayaking for a week coming a week from now, a relatively big hike in a few weeks and a 3-day solo float coming up. This fall, no major plans except for a return to a few haunts with my good camera so I can get some decent pictures. So...much better than last year. I don't think I went on a single summer hike last year and was basically limited to off-season hiking (which ain't so bad either I guess). Most of last year was spent working on my yard.

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Almost nothing except a few day hikes and late spring x-county ski day trips.   A temporary job this spring took far more time than I anticipated which I was not happy about at all.  I do have a major trip that I have been planning for nearly a year starting in a week or so but just lately there are some things going on that may well shoot that down as well.  Some times things just do't work out regardless of how well you plan them.

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So far the wilderness above Ojai, CA, then the Gila, the Pecos, and Latir Peak for backpacking.  Did some other trips but mostly day or base camp.  

Fires, fire restrictions, and last years burns put some areas off-limits.  Spent more time driving than usual.


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I did 5 trips early this year under the guise of volunteering for the Forest Service. Scouted some very rough & remote trails, cleared some trails, wrote a few campfire permits, had a good time with other volunteers. Hiking season near home is October - May and I do lots of trips then.

Now I'm trying to work out at least a week in the Sierra solo before summer is over.
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I get out every weekend, either on dayhikes or fishing.  Just love to be out.  In Florida during the summer I'm off the trail by noon.  I go through a 2L bladder and two 24oz bottles of gatoraide in 4 - 5 hours.

My wife and I went to Sequoia NP in mid June and had a great trip.  Hiked a lot of miles but stayed at a lodge.  My big trip comes at the end of August, two weeks in Wyoming, 9 days backpacking in the Winds.  Constantly daydreaming about it already..


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This year has been lousey for me. My wife has an injured shoulder, so no canoeing or long distance bping with her. She can do short trips of less than 5 miles but otherwise the pack bothers her shoulder too much. Then I have been having some heel and achilles tendon pain which has been hobbling me from doing any long trips. And now to add to it I have to have my gallbladder out next month, so will be out of commission for a couple of weekends there.
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Last year I had one  trip, to Torreya State Park with the Southern Forum folks. Then spent the rest of the year pregnant...

This year, I have had one over night with the whole family (including the newest little one).

It is hotter then hell here right now (Florida) and I am dreaming of all the trips and places I can be this winter. Hopeful we can get out at least once a month Oct- March for at least some car camping.


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I've been getting out a decent amount this year. I started a new job in mid-March that keeps me busy 40+ hours a week and I've been mostly limited to weekends due to the accrual period for vacation time. Fortunately, I'm only a 20 minute drive from some excellent hiking and backpacking opportunities (national forest and a designated wilderness) on the Cumberland Plateau. So I've been able to do a few overnights nearby and did get one three-night trip in down to the southern Appalachian mountains (Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness). Since no one else has posted photos yet, I thought I'd post a single photo from each of my trips this year.


From a three-night and mostly off-trail trip in early March. Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.


Overnight trip to the Clifty Wilderness and one of my favorite campsites. Red River Gorge Geological Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky.


Sunrise at an off-trail natural arch in the Red River Gorge Geological Area. This is the view I woke up to from my campsite on an overnight trip in April.


Wildflowers along the trail on an overnight trip in early May. Red River Gorge Geological Area.


From my most recent trip, a three-night loop in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.

And come to think of it, I went on a two-night backpacking trip in late January, but didn't take any pictures on it.

So, I've been out 11 nights this year. Which isn't bad, but a personal goal of mine for my last few years of college and throughout grad school was to spend 10% of the year (37 nights) on backpacking trips. I didn't meet it the first year I tried (2008) but met it every year from 2009-2012. It's looking like I won't be able to make it happen for 2013 at the rate I'm going, but hopefully I'll be able to make up for some lost time once I get some vacation time and the nice autumn weather starts. Being so close to a national forest I won't really be able to make any excuses.


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Being unemployed has the advantage of being able to walk more often.  Three winter weekends, Hocking Hills in Ohio, South Manitou, MI, Day hiking on the North Country Trail in MI, North Manitou planned for Sept.  401 hiking miles year to date, goal is 500+.  Cancer surgery last Aug put me at zer miles for the remainder of '12. Started tracking miles Jan 1. Sorry no pics.

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Pretty good so far. I did the ADK Winter Mountaineering School, with a climb up Giant Mt in Feb, which was a real highlight. Several winter dayhikes in Vt and Harriman SP, and a spring overnight in Harriman. And we're looking forward to 8 days in the Beartooths in August. I'm also planning to get out more (plus some overnights) when winter returns. (80 deg and humid at 6 this morning in NYC, going up to 93!)
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I get out for a 5 to 10 mile hike every weekend, but so far only one one-night backpacking trip.
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Markweth--Like your fotog from the top of Hangover Mt.

I've been pretty lucky this year as I've had 6 backpacking trips and here's how they played out---

**  January 18 day trip.
**  February 18 days.
**  March 16 days.
**  April 18 days.
**  May 18 days.
**  June/July 17 days.

But who knows what's going to happen month to month?


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I've gotten out on a couple short trips.  Have a longer one planned in a couple weeks and another short trip Labor Day weekend.
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I'm doing OK--had a long trip in Colorado earlier this month and going for another 3-day quickie next week.

I have been taking almost daily urban hikes in the deep wooded ravine a few blocks from my house, though. Saw a nice-sized buck this morning.
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Did one four day in late April along the Arizona Trail. Should get another multi-day hike done in late Fall. A couple of day hikes now and then.

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Well a calendar year is really an arbitrary time period to judge activities like BPing/hiking.  The real issue is are we personally satisfied with our level of activity.  That often means we have to make difficult decisions between balancing other activities in our lives.

Anyway, glad to read here that many of us are getting out and others are planning.  All of you on the gimp list, get better.

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This year hasn't been all that great in me getting out for bag nights. But I am filling freetime with fishing.

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I went out for an overnighter this weekend, and have an overnighter planned for next weekend.

Due to having two old cats, I am limiting this year's trips to overnighters only. Plus, I am having back issues and can't carry much.


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I've been out a few times. Got the kidling out on her 1st backpack and I leave for a section hike on the PCT next week.

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Hey, I'm happy. I stole your wife for a weekend and got out ;-)

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