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What is the personality profile of a light weight backpacker?
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the avrock
(theavrock) - F
Midwesterner here on 01/09/2008 15:07:39 MST Print View


Edited by theavrock on 08/15/2012 20:22:38 MDT.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
INTJ on 01/09/2008 16:04:03 MST Print View

Well, there seems to be a lot of males, and a lot of MBTI: INTJs, and most people have put backpacking as one of their hobbies!

Age 47
Sorta attached, sorta 2 young adult offspring (Not mine and only part-time)
Mostly caucasian (Hungarian/Romanian/Irish/Chickasha)
Scientist/researcher who loves my work
New Zealand based

Interests include gardening, reading, doggy, weight training and fine whiskeys...and backpacking or "tramping" as we call it. I am also a compulsive modifier and improver of just about every piece of gear that ever touches my hands.

Iain Perkin
(scouteriain) - F
Canadian Eh on 01/30/2008 19:43:44 MST Print View

Sex: Not lately
Age: Too close to 50 (help it's catching up fast)
Race: Anglo Saxon (UK mix)
Status: Soon to be single again(First time around) with one Kid in University and one still in High School.
Location: East of Toronto Canada
Occupation: Quality Checker for an Engineering Firm (I'm not an Engineer - surprised?)
Hobbies: Collecting old camping gear (all that stuff we're supposed to be getting rid of!!!!!!!!!!!
Goals: Discover that my bad hip joint will not inhibit me getting back into hiking. Build up the nerve to get out there for a long one.

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
Me... on 01/30/2008 21:51:15 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 23

Marital Status: Hitched, no kids

Race: Caucasian

Occupation: Student (pre-dental), also own a recording studio

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Hobbies/Interests: Writing and producing music, photography, being outdoors, snomobiling, camping and hiking, dirtbiking, history, languages, books, philosophy

If anything, I've realized from going UL that I have an obsessive personality. I get wrapped up in one thing for a while and it consumes me (not to the point where I am disfunctional, luckily). If I can harness this personality trait I should make out well in life (I think).

Kyle Berkompas
(vantoast) - F

Locale: West
Me on 01/30/2008 22:14:39 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 18 - Started lightweight backpacking two years ago...

Marital Status: Single and lookin...

Race: White

Occupation: Student

Location: Right now - Grand Rapids MI for college. I live in Seattle though.

Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, Snow Camping, Making Movies, lifting, and right now I'm trying to learn how to pick locks...

Mike Feldman
(harpin) - F
Anuther profile on 01/31/2008 17:20:42 MST Print View

Personal info:

Age-55-Male-residence -NW. Florida
marital-married, 2 kids, dog, 3 cats, Iguana
occupation-U.S. Probation Officer and semi pro musician
hobbies-music, harmonica, setting up tube amps for harp, running, hiking, BPing, gigs and jams

Andrew Richardson
(arichardson6) - F

Locale: North East
Re: Me on 01/31/2008 21:06:31 MST Print View

Sex: Male
Age: 24
Marital Status: Taken
Race: Caucasian
Occupation: Research assistant on my way to Grad school for Psych Ph.D
Location: Boston, MA
Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, Researching backpacking gear, cooking, I am obsessed with reading, learning outdoor skills (identifying plants, making fire, basically 'primitive' living) I never play anymore, but Mike reminded me that I DID play the some blues on the harp, I may add more later...

Edited by arichardson6 on 02/01/2008 06:20:01 MST.

Joseph Williams
(deadogdancing) - F

Locale: SW England
good thread... on 02/11/2008 03:33:00 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 24

Occupation: special needs education

Ethnicity: European Mongrel- fractionally German, Italian, English and possibly Jewish. Born rural, culturally urban.

Location: Bristol, (dis)United Kingdom

Hobbies/Interests: Music, Backpacking (always solo), writing, tea drinking, food (trying to cut down on that for the backpacking) time, space, trees, the way culture gets inside our bodies and glows, brews or festers there before passing on in a new form.

Edited by deadogdancing on 02/11/2008 03:35:05 MST.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Low Profile... on 02/11/2008 15:00:46 MST Print View


Edited by skopeo on 04/24/2015 23:39:42 MDT.

Steve B
(geokite) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Me... on 02/12/2008 22:40:40 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 37

Martial Status: long term relationship, no kids.

Race: White

Occupation: High School science teacher

Location: San Diego, CA

Hobbies/Interests: mtn biking, hiking, rock climbing, kites, kitesurfing, kite buggies, fighter kites, kite making, surfing.

Ryan said it, I too get wrapped up in one thing for a while and it consumes me. All my friends notice it. It is good to stay diverse.

Edited by geokite on 02/12/2008 22:44:32 MST.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Re: Me... on 02/13/2008 13:41:47 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 29

Race: Dutch, Swedish

Marital Status: Married, no kids, ever!

Occupation: Architect

Location: Duluth, MN

Interests: All season backpacking, climbing (rock and ice), mountain biking, kayaking, c.c. skiing, reading, films, sketching, model building

Andrew Richard
(fairweather8588) - F

Locale: The Desert
Another one on 02/13/2008 23:53:37 MST Print View

Sex: Only with my right hand... Wait, I meant Male, scratch that

Age: 19

Married: Nope, dating

Occupation: Student at Arizona State which makes my....

Location: Tempe, AZ

Likes: Jeepin', Road trips, watching sports, butterflies, rainbows, clowns, ponies and romance novels with Fabio on the cover

Dislikes: Hiking, Backpacking, Trail running, mountain biking, car camping, kayaking, fishing, basically anything that takes me away from said list above (note: extreme sarcasm in use during this list)

Jesse Squires
(shinfuro) - F
Myself on 02/15/2008 22:28:58 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 26

Race: English/American Indian

Marital Status: Married

Occupation: Wholesale Purchasing

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Interests: Backpacking, Politics, History, Archaeology, Science

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
My info. on 02/16/2008 14:13:41 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 70+

Marital Status: Married w/grandchildren

Race: Caucasian-Scottish

Occupation: Retired scientist/academic

Location: Rural SE Arizona

Hobbies: Backpacking, Mountaineering, Target shooting, Archery, Reading,Philosophy, Music and Gear making.


Edited by Rincon on 02/16/2008 18:13:33 MST.

Elleyne Beals
(tahomus) - M

Locale: Not usually at home.
profile on 02/17/2008 13:03:26 MST Print View

married, 1 kid in college
location: lake tahoe, ca. desolation wilderness is my backyard- the pct is 5 miles from my house thru the woods.

occupation: office manager- a job that demands my time in exchange for putting money in my bank account so i can do what i want with the rest of my time.

preoccupations: making stuff. currently, making fire with a bow drill. i like to make things i use: 16' kevlar canoe, my backpacking gear (everything except my thermarest!) clothes, the rug on my floor, etc. i like to fix things, too. i'm pretty much "homemade"

activities: flyfishing. hiking. skiing. canoing lake tahoe.

aspirations: spend 1 month in the woods, wandering the sierras. then maybe more!


Jason Wright
(bicimechanic) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Thats Me on 02/18/2008 10:35:15 MST Print View

Sex: Male

Age: 30

Marital Status: Married w/4 dogs

Race: Mostly Irish

Occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic Baltimore City, Maryland

Location: Just outside Baltimore

Hobbies/Interest: Backpacking, camping, hiking, history of the fire service, reading, American Civil War, my ipod, dogs, cycling, tools.

Patricia Combee
(Trailfrog) - F

Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call
RE: Personality profile of LW backpacker on 04/12/2008 17:31:07 MDT Print View

Sex: Female
Age: Late 40ish
Marital Status: Single
Race: Appalachian American
Occupation: Medical Transcription
Location: West Virginia
Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, Downhill and cross country skiing, fishing, making/tweaking gear.

John Tunnicliffe

Locale: Northern California
huh? on 04/17/2008 20:55:51 MDT Print View

is there a form or something? sex/age/marital status/hobbies/...

huh? a light weight backpacker is not a SKU.

anyway, as for the personality profile of the lightweight backpacker let me offer the following, though little enough of it describes me and probably even less of it describes you. regardless, near as I can tell (and this is from years of keen observation and practice) the personality profile of a lightweight backpacker is: irascible / impudent / contemplative / arrogant / exhuberant / musical / intolerant and intolerable / happy and friendly / conservative in viewpoint, often tending toward communism / compassionate / careful / reckless / attuned / competitive / mute / raucous / inquisitive / highly perceptive and uncommonly blind. and this is the just part of the list.

now, not all lightweight backpackers pack all these personality characteristics but we all pack more than one. and not all of these characteristics bunk well together as we all well know. I here offer the metaphor of the trail mix. nuts and raisins, all in one bag.

so, sorry, no profile. but if there is one personality attribute shared by all of us who value wilderness it is our personal imperative to seek out wild places, there to hone ourselves against momma earth and to, you know, rub our husks off against the rocks.

now that's personality.


Randall Miller
(speyguy) - F

Locale: Cascadia
Profile on 04/18/2008 16:25:14 MDT Print View

Lots of funny stuff so far. Sorry, I'm no comedian. Me...

Sex: Male

Age: 48

Location: Portland, OR USA

Marital status: married 17 years/ 2 kids

Occupation: Real Estate appraiser. Past jobs include fishing guide (Alaska) commercial fishing (Alaska) baggage handler with airlines, fire sprinkler fitter and general vagabond.

Race: western and northern European decent

Hobbies/interests: backpacking, fly fishing, discovering new (to me) music, martial arts point sparring, family and friends, tinkering with my 73 BMW 2002, gardening, BBQing, good beer and a good peaty single malt.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Results of Personality profile of a light weight backpacker? on 12/23/2008 01:57:44 MST Print View

There were some 58 or so respondents to this survey...though not all of the resulting numbers will add up to 58 for particular categories.

These are very general groupings and observations and are not meant to offend anyone or to over generalize or stereotype anyone or group of people.

Some of the responses defied an easy category, but here is what I came up with:

Profile of a lightweight backpacker:

Male: 46
Female: 8

Single: 24
Married: 28


Less than 21 yrs old: 5
21-30 yrs old: 19
31-40 yrs old: 10
41-50 yrs old: 10
51-60 yrs old: 4
61-70 yrs old: 2
71 or older: 1


Caucasian: 40
Asian: 2
Unknown/No response: 3

Please note: many who were multi-racial with Caucasian heritage were grouped as Caucasian. I hope that I offended no one in doing so.

In the vast majority of cases, Caucasian was of European decent.


This was hard to classify or group and forgive my generalizations:

Those who work in education: 8
Those who are currently students: 8
Those who work in IT: 4
Those in Science & Engineering: 6
Those in Military, Law Enforcement, Public Safety: 4
Those Retired: 4
Those in Health Care: 2
Those in Business/Sales: 7
Other: 5 (this ranges from authors, artist, pilot, carpenter, etc)

Well this was fun to see all of the responses and I leave it to you to draw any conclusions that you want.

The more interesting aspect of this has been being able to read people's responses and to see the details of their interest and lives.

There is a wide diversity among us and we all benefit from such a large pool of knowledge to draw upon.

Thank you for all of you who joined me in this whimsical quest for knowledge.

If there are any of you who wish to add your own information to this list, please feel free to do so.

Adding to this can only serve to allow your fellow BPLer's know more about you and you about everyone else here.