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How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year?
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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year? on 07/04/2008 11:40:59 MDT Print View

Considering how much time is spent on the forums, talking and thinking about backpacking, how many days do you get out per year on the trail?

For myself, last year and this year, I have vowed to get one trip per month be it car camping with the family for an overnighter, a 3 days weekend, or a longer 1 to 2 week trip per month.

Having done that for the 1st time last year, it really has made a difference in how I feel mentally and physically.

Just curious to see how often others get a chance to get out for a trip.


Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year? on 07/04/2008 12:49:21 MDT Print View

Just in case no one is noticing, I spend A LOT OF TIME on this forum! :)

Otherwise, the two things I do almost every year:

1. Traveling -- I pick 2 or 3 continguous countries and travel for a month.

2. Hiking -- I usually go for 3 or 4 trips totalling 12-14 bag nights.

Nat Lim
(LithiumMetalman) - F

Locale: Cesspool Central!
lucky on 07/04/2008 12:51:16 MDT Print View

Quite lucky here.

Get out on average per year btw 80-120 days out of the year, this includes backpacking, hiking, camping, but the majority of it is climbing.

Sean Walashek
(caraz) - F

Locale: bay area
That is very lucky indeed on 07/05/2008 13:51:24 MDT Print View

I try and spend around 40 nights of my summers outside. Which usually works out from between 2-3 overnighters a week (just go hiking out my backyard and get back for work the next day). Then I will go for a multiday 5-10 trek near the end of summer then im lucky to do another 5+day for winter. I'd say its around 50-70 a year when I'm on.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year? on 07/05/2008 15:06:29 MDT Print View

Used to get out about 20-30 nights a year and since I changed jobs, and now especially with the cost of gas, it has dwindled down to two night so far this year. Going to Yosemite next weekend and I have a weeks long trip in Aug. I hope to get in 10-15 nights this year. Not much, but I hope this changes next year

Carol Corbridge
(ccorbridge) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Nights under the stars on 07/05/2008 15:43:56 MDT Print View

I sleep under the stars about 60 nights a season. Backpacking trips are usually 5 or 6 nights each.

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Backpacking days on 07/05/2008 16:12:32 MDT Print View

Usually between 30 and 40 days a year. I'd like to do more, but life intervenes.


jim bailey
(florigen) - F - M

Locale: South East
Backpacking days on 07/06/2008 21:00:53 MDT Print View

Cool thread, Thanks for starting this one Tony.

Currently doing every weekend mid May through mid/late November, with a couple 3-4 day outings thrown in. Then down to 1 weekend a month when winter decides to rear it's menacing head.

About 50 nights out in varied conditions independently testing (and enjoying) lightweight gear systems in the "home of the worlds worst weather"


Edited by florigen on 07/07/2008 07:39:49 MDT.

Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year? on 07/07/2008 08:24:58 MDT Print View


OK, 20 -30 nights a year.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Days out on 07/07/2008 08:34:59 MDT Print View

Backpacking: 45 or so

Climbing: 30 or so

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
"How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year?" on 07/07/2008 08:39:38 MDT Print View

I have averaged about 25 nights per year over the last ten years. Last year was 40 nights, this year should be about the same unless I break something or a part falls off. I only occasionally go on long trips; most of my hikes are 2-5 days. I try to get to the Sierra twice each summer but mostly my trips are in the mountains and canyons of Arizona.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: "How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year?" on 07/07/2008 13:55:56 MDT Print View

Around 30 days per year for the past 22 seasons.

Any one able to identify my avatar?

Edited by redleader on 07/07/2008 13:56:38 MDT.

Michael Wands
(walksoftly) - F

Locale: Piney Woods
RE: How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year on 07/07/2008 15:33:20 MDT Print View

To keep peace at home, I get out solo every third weekend of the month. With this weekend "reserved" for me, there is seldom a conflict.

Pack is always ready! Car is always gassed up! My mind is on the trail LONG before the weekend gets here.

Note: My wife often uses this weekend for shopping & visiting. She will drop me off at a trailhead on her way to the mall.

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Re: RE: How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year on 07/07/2008 16:00:44 MDT Print View

I'm aiming for 100-120 days this year. I think all the numbers shown here are great. If you can spend even just 20 days a year in the wilderness, that's a big achievement and a big part of your life.

Gail Lusk
(AlohaTink) - F

Locale: In the Middle of No Where!
"How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year?" on 07/07/2008 16:14:07 MDT Print View

I usually get 3 or 4 days per month...around 45 days per year and one mainland hike as well.

Not always the in wilderness camping comes in there, anything to be outdoors and away from the house is fine for me.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
RE: How Many Days Do You Get Out Per Year on 07/07/2008 17:33:49 MDT Print View

I envy those reporting in the triple digits. I average about 40-50 per year, about half of which is car camping (aka fishing near a lake or river). Lots of weekends or long weekends, including 2 of my 3 weeks of annual vacation time from work.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
bag nights on 07/08/2008 23:53:12 MDT Print View

I'm not sure, but it's a LOT. Last year I think that I got up to about 280-300 days out. This year may be slightly less, probably around 250 days. I work in the wilderness out of my backpack, and on my off shifts I typically go hiking or camping. I commonly spend about four-six nights a month at my house.

jim bailey
(florigen) - F - M

Locale: South East
right on Jack H! on 07/09/2008 07:05:25 MDT Print View

I want to be you when I grow up.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: right on Jack H! on 07/17/2008 12:10:28 MDT Print View

oh man, my numbers are not even close to many of you.

Hiking/trailrunning: 4 times a week
Nights out/Year: about once a month or so

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
bag nights on 07/17/2008 13:21:38 MDT Print View

I spend on average about 40 nights per year on the trail. Mostly on the AT, in the Smokies, or on the Cumberland Plateau.