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Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 19:17:14 MST Print View

Yeah I know the tune. Yep sitting around a campfire and listening to tunes around a campfire is either some like to do, and some don't. Me? Well by myself, I would just to fill some time before bed. Sometimes I bring my iPod and listen to some songs. I used to back in the day bring a am/fm radio and listen to ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Foghat, etc. (by the way I listen to Punk Rock...go figure). It's just that sometimes having some tunes around at the end of the day, with a little whiskey is a nice closure for the day. What do you all think???

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
mp3 at camp on 12/04/2008 20:15:55 MST Print View

i bring a music player on many hikes, mostly solo. I usually listen if i need to make good time and then once ready for bed, like yourself. Being from the Bay area, you must have had the classic punks like Avengers, Negative Trend, and of course the timeless "fresh fruit for rotting vegetables" which still sounds modern given its content.
Im with you man, I dig sipping some Gentleman Jack whilst swaying in my hammock and reflecting back to a different time with some good 'ol Bad Brains

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 12/04/2008 20:16:26 MST.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: mp3 at camp on 12/04/2008 20:23:31 MST Print View

Rock For Light Rock For Light......Bad Brains!! Just makes my day listening to some fun tunes and sipping some whiskey!

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
hate it on 12/04/2008 20:25:58 MST Print View

I never bring music or anything like that along on my trips. Reminds me too much of the modern world that I'm trying to escape from.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 20:26:08 MST Print View

"It's just that sometimes having some tunes around at the end of the day, with a little whiskey is a nice closure for the day. What do you all think???"

"Slow ride... take it easy..."

I'm the same way. The only "powered devices" allowed on my hikes are a light and a watch (and it's in the pack, not on my wrist).

Edited by back2basics on 12/04/2008 20:29:02 MST.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Re: mp3 at camp on 12/04/2008 21:20:06 MST Print View

I occasionally bring a player on solo trips- especially when I'm going high mileage. When I'm hitting a wall, I love to have some great music to put a spring in my step. It's a nice luxury when laying in bed too.

Some people bring books but I usually prefer music, that is if I bring anything extra at all.

I like punk too- Fugazi is where it's at!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 21:25:28 MST Print View

I love the outdoors and I love music, combine both and you have magic. I always bring my Ipod with a headset and mini speakers. I can't think of a better combo then 15-20 miles with the use of 15-20 rock songs that get you through some tough moments. Too each is there own!!! You can't help but walk fast listening to TOOL or Foo Fighters.

OH Ya Fugazi rocks-don't forget MINOR THREAT!!

Edited by Creachen on 12/04/2008 21:27:46 MST.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
13 songs on 12/04/2008 21:37:39 MST Print View

yep, the album "13 songs" is in constant rotation. And if TOOL and Foo Fighters make you walk fast, try listening to Cavalera Conspiracy :)

i did find the post amusing about keeping the modern world out of your backpacking but then bringin a watch? how odd..
i always thought music was a way to escape from modern society - maybe i just listen to the right music?

"too each is there own!!!"

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 12/04/2008 21:41:57 MST.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: 13 songs on 12/04/2008 21:51:21 MST Print View

The watch is more for my leaving and returning... knowing what time it is in relation to a store's opening/closing, coordinating transpotation, etc. Aside from that, it isn't used during the duration of my trip.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 21:58:05 MST Print View

REPEATER!!! Ian Mackaye

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 21:58:13 MST Print View

What are the BPL's favorite Mp3 player that you'd take on a multi-week hike? I like the Iriver T10 player (uses one disposable AA Lithium battery). It has great controls for a non-Ipod player (at home, I use the Ipod Nano). I normally like audiobooks but doing an intense hike, 90 % of the time I do not have the concentration energy to listen to the audiobook, so I listen mostly to classical music -- my favorite is the 3 CD collector's edition of Amadeus Soundtrack (Mozart music).

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 22:06:40 MST Print View

I use a Ipod Nano 1.5 oz
Sangean headset 0.5 oz
Mi-Mini speakers 1.1 oz
Total: 3.1oz of LUXURY!!!!!!!

Jazz goes very good with single malt and a camp fire.

Edited by Creachen on 12/04/2008 22:07:36 MST.

John Carter

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 22:32:36 MST Print View

This is going to sound funny coming from an orchestral conductor, but I prefer audiobooks when I backpack. Perhaps it's that I work with music all day, and I never have time to read, so for me an audiobook IS a change of pace for me.

But it's more than that. I think backpacking, and the drive to the destination, are the perfect settings for audiobooks; they usually are several hours long, so I can really get into the text. With music, every 3-5 minutes when the song changes I am reminded that I am backpacking. But a good audiobook can really keep my mind off the trail when I get really tired. It also really helps on in-and-out trips, where the route up is interesting, but the route back can get a little long.

Joshua Gilbert
(joshcgil2) - F

Locale: Seattle
Music and Backpacking on 12/04/2008 22:59:24 MST Print View

I am a patient boy,
I wait and I wait and I wait,
My time is water down the drain,
everbody's moving
everbody's moving moving moving moving,
please don't leave me to remain,
In the waiting room!

ahh, misspent youth. I have a student in one of my classes named Ian McKay, never understands why I like saying his name so much.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
musica grandiose on 12/04/2008 23:04:49 MST Print View

Chris, just givven you a hard time. (get it, time... lol)

Mozart rules! I dig the classics, you know Brahms and Vivaldi and such. I went to the Phoenix Symphony for the first time when about 12, and was blown away.

I have a Sandisk Sansa (after looking at the top 10 budget MP3's It was 3rd on the list of high reviews from a trusted site).

so why not listen to your favorite album(s) while doing something you enjoy, whether it be washing a car or building a tarp or hiking a hill.. music certainly has a place in the backcountry for me!

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: musica grandiose on 12/05/2008 08:01:09 MST Print View

I love music so I cant imagine backpacking for very long without it. I mean we all love the outdoors and everything but it can get a little boring sometimes and good music will turn my mood around.
I know a lot of people are horrified that someone would choose not to listen to the sounds of nature all day, but come on! How many hours do I have to listen to the birds and wind until I officially appreciated nature! We need a little variety in our day. And I have to laugh when people covered head to toe with petroleum based fabrics and products act like a few headphone buds in my ear is a modern intrusion into the purity of nature. HA!
I like contemporary metal like Isis, Jesu, Pelican, Red sparrows, Mystik Krewe of Clearlight ect- lots of instrumentals.
I have the 4G Sandisk sansa. Inexpensive and most importantly for me -it takes one AAA battery so it can be taken anywhere without needing to find somewhere to plug it in.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Music and Backpacking on 12/05/2008 08:23:49 MST Print View

I took a Ipod Nano on my JMT hike. I listened to about 15 songs a day in the afternoons. I recharged it just once at VVR over 14 days. Those 15 songs a day really help me through some long and hard, majestic miles. My Nano holds 1045 songs that's a whole lot of songs for 1.5oz!!!

Porcupine Tree and Radiohead makes you walk faster!!

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Music and Backpacking on 12/05/2008 08:54:53 MST Print View

Man I did not know there were so many Fugazi fans on here. First Ep was awesome!!! Waiting Room is my fave by a mile.

And Jay is right, a little jazz can really set the mood after a tough day. Ahhh now where is my Single Malt

Robert Devereux
(robdev) - F

Locale: Pittsburgh, PA
Re: Music and Backpacking on 12/05/2008 09:03:56 MST Print View

Wen I'm hiking, I want to hear my surroundings. I don't want to be surprised by another hiker or an animal that I didn't hear. I don't listen to music then. I still bring an iPod Nano, it makes me feel more comfortable to think I can listen to music, even if I rarely end up doing it. On the rare times I use it, it's when I'm stopped for the night.

I keep thinking that I need to learn to play a portable instrument that I can take with me. Electric guitar and computer/synth music isn't very portable, and even backpacking guitars are bigger than I'd like to bring with me. Perhaps harmonica or xaphoon would be good.

Mike Feldman
(harpin) - F
Bring my own band on 12/05/2008 09:28:23 MST Print View

To keep me from obsessing about gram counting of my kit consumables at camp each night, and having played harmonica 35 years, 30 semi professionally, like keeping chops up, bring one diatonic harmonica often. Sometimes may hardly play, if people around wanting privacy; or times may end up being campfire, or around the Alcohol Stoves entertainment for others, or myself alone. Oh, probably no plans for sub 5 pound kit carrying even one harmonica,w/say cell phone and camera while gram counting but still works for me w/8-13 or so pound base weight before food/water on most 3 season SE trips.