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Paul Burke
(elpeebee) - F

Locale: Too far south of the Pyrenees
Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/20/2010 12:53:00 MDT Print View

This song instantly made me think of being all alone at dusk high up in the Eastern Sierra.

Anybody else got a favorite they associate with being outside and free?

Edited by elpeebee on 08/20/2010 13:08:40 MDT.

Paul Siegel

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Favorite Camping Music? on 08/20/2010 13:11:52 MDT Print View


Edited by PaulSiegel on 08/20/2010 13:13:14 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/20/2010 13:13:48 MDT Print View

The sound of the dawn chorus. (birds)


Daniel Martinez
(Rskgada) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Re: Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/20/2010 13:34:04 MDT Print View

I don't hike with an ipod or such and wondered if I did carry it what music I would listen to. I don't think it get's any better than listening to the music nature provides. Therefore I can't get myself to carry any music. Also, I recently went on a BP trip with my wife. It was her first time. I was putting together a slideshow but could not find a song to accompany the slideshow that would do the trip justice. Curious to see others chime in.


Locale: East Bay
Nothing on 08/20/2010 15:08:45 MDT Print View

The sound of silence is the soundtrack I associate with being outdoors. I have all the noise I need living in the bay area.

Paul Burke
(elpeebee) - F

Locale: Too far south of the Pyrenees
technologically enhanced on 08/20/2010 15:31:03 MDT Print View

Next you guys will be telling me you don't bring portable DVD players either...

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/20/2010 17:19:17 MDT Print View

"This song instantly made me think of being all alone at dusk high up in the Eastern Sierra."


George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/20/2010 17:59:43 MDT Print View

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/20/2010 18:16:29 MDT Print View

Only Jello Biafra writes TRUE music for the great outdoors...

...and how could I have forgotten Winnebago Warrior, off the same album...

Edited by xnomanx on 08/20/2010 18:25:44 MDT.

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
apache on 08/20/2010 20:23:53 MDT Print View

This is how pretty much all of my backpacking trips end up.......

the whole song is amazing... but 2:30 to 3:30 is really just epic with the spoken voice over and dancing.

Paul Burke
(elpeebee) - F

Locale: Too far south of the Pyrenees
interpretive dance on 08/20/2010 23:18:29 MDT Print View

Well played vino vampire. I'll raise you one of these:

(not for those of refined sensibilities)

Edited by elpeebee on 08/20/2010 23:21:32 MDT.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/21/2010 08:49:15 MDT Print View

I've found that some creeks have music coming out of them. Or voices. Or choirs. It can be a little creepy but I enjoy it.

I'm not much of a musical consumer. I like to make music. So I usually have some tunes going through my head. I have brought a pennywhistle in the past so I could play various Irish tunes. But they are loud instruments so last time I brought a Strumstick. Strumsticks are heavy and large (compared to whistles) but quieter. I had a great time playing old-time American tunes.

The wilderness is surprisingly noisy except on my last trip I hiked up to a high alpine lake and noticed there was not a sound at all. No running water, no birds or anything. It was amazing. The most moving "music" yet!

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/21/2010 16:28:28 MDT Print View

99 Bottles of beer!

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
In my youth . . . on 08/21/2010 16:55:45 MDT Print View

. . . almost 40 years ago, I was stuck on a BPing/ hiking trip with my very traditional/ provincial inlaws (parents, brother and sister inlaws, etc.).

Around the campfire, one of them began to sing, "Kum bay ah, Lord, Kum bay ah . . ." (sorry, if I'm getting the spelling wrong).

When it came my turn, I sang, sweetly, quietly, " Throwing up, Lord, Kum bay ah. Getting sick, Lord, Kum bay ah. Blowing lunch, Lord, Kum bay ah. Oh, Lord, Kum bay ah."

A few minutes later, I said, "Come on let's sing a REAL camp song: 'I met a gin sot bar-room queen in Memphis, DA, DA, DAH. Come on, EVERYBODY now . . . ."'" and they just broke up into laughter.

I don't do sh*t like that anymore. Shame on me.

Apologies to those who don't recognize the old Rolling Stones tune,


Edited by nerdboy52 on 08/21/2010 16:57:55 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Favorite Camping Music on 08/21/2010 16:57:55 MDT Print View

As long as you keep it to yourself, whatever floats your boat.

My favorite hiking instrument? Native American flute. Dr. Hal makes a plastic one that is nearly indestructible and sounds great--- for $25 and 3.5oz.

Harmonicas make sense. I've seen a fireside percussion "drum circle" session break out on pots and pans. Clapping and song are 100% portable and *very* UL.

But all should be respectful of anyone in the area. There's enough noise pollution in our day to day life without torturing others with your "taste" in the hills.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: apache on 08/21/2010 17:46:01 MDT Print View

That is by far the best backpacking music video ever done. Fantastic.

Did you notice there tents in the background?

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
Re: Re: apache on 08/21/2010 23:22:44 MDT Print View

Good eye, but those aren't tents, they're custom pyramid tarps. Tommy Seebach is super ultralight! Also, I have to admit, I'M A BIT JEALOUS... those girls have the total weight of their base layer down to just about nothing.... HA!

"... their land, strong earth... they must be free, to live their own lives...."

Charles Vandenbelt
(chuckwagon) - F

Locale: Nashville
Backpickin' ! on 08/22/2010 08:14:41 MDT Print View

I got a couple of walkin' buddies who bring ukeleles and harmonicas. I'm a guitar picker, but won't bring a full size instrument, of course. I haven't even found a travel guitar that I liked - although the small body/short scale Corts look pretty good. I compromised by packing a cheap baritone ukelele
that is tuned to the first 4 strings on a regular guitar. I used to pack it in a double garbage bag case but the branches have shredded that good. I've bought some lightweight Denier nylon. That should make a nice lightweight case. I don't bring this on every walk either. Just short or easy/family type walks. Regards, Charlie.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Re: Favorite Backcountry Music? on 08/25/2010 14:02:00 MDT Print View

Death to all "Butt-Metal"!!!!!


Edited by bigfoot2 on 09/28/2010 12:49:33 MDT.

Mike Feldman
(MikeF) - M

Locale: SE USA
harp hiker on 08/26/2010 06:02:39 MDT Print View

I actually in May on European vacation, went on a nice loop hike in the Austrian Alps, had a couple diatonic harmonicas and ended up playing a half hour-45 minutes at a hiker hut to the owner, employees and some hikers. Mostly blues, an Irish tune, and couple old Hank Williams old school country tunes. It was fun. Done this around campfire a few times on the AT.. Mike