Whi is your ideal backpacking partner???
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Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/04/2010 14:33:40 MDT Print View

OK, if you had the option to take a week long backpacking trip to your favorite back country destination...who would you pick to go with you??

- Ryan Jordan
- Glen van Peski
- Andy Skurka
- Ray Jardine
- Chris Townsend
- Pack llama
- Other??

Edited by TomClark on 09/04/2010 14:35:38 MDT.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/04/2010 14:53:58 MDT Print View

Genghis Khan.

I'd love to see if I could outdrink him beside the campfire.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/04/2010 15:15:21 MDT Print View

Easy!
No contest.
My wife.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/04/2010 15:33:46 MDT Print View

a lot of the folks that I have met on here from The Bay Area. Fantstic partners each and all. My wife too!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/04/2010 15:43:00 MDT Print View

JC.

Changing water into fine wine... fresh fish galore, multiplying loaves, calming wind and rain. Instant healing in case of mishap. And dispensing wisdom too. Need I say more? :)

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
...ideal backpacking partner? on 09/04/2010 15:49:00 MDT Print View

She's good looking, spirited, tough, fit, endlessly happy and thinks I'm the boss. My border collie Moxie.

Edited by thomdarrah on 09/04/2010 18:20:38 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
ideal backpacking partner? on 09/04/2010 15:59:29 MDT Print View

In Marm's Lake, Wind River Range, WY

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
re: ideal backpacking partner on 09/04/2010 19:06:30 MDT Print View

Jesus Christ!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: ideal backpacking partner on 09/04/2010 19:19:07 MDT Print View

Katharina Pierini

Andrew King
(drewboy) - F

Locale: Arizona
Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/05/2010 10:30:28 MDT Print View

Great question Tom. No doubt it would be a real treat to go out with any of the individuals at the top of your list and learn from the best. Mostly I tend to favor someone who is most closely matched in abilities and philosophies on trail conduct. Some people like to smell the flowers, others like to knock down big miles. Some take LNT to a high level and forego TP and campfires, others embrace it to a lesser degree. People have different philosophies on risk taking and safety. I like to play my mp3/speaker in camp, other shun that and prefer quiet solitude. The people I go out with the most these days have become good friends and we multiply each other's enjoyment out there. Of course, for me these folks include UL gear junkies and hammock campers. The hangers in my backpacking club cluster together and tend to plan trips around tree availability.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: ideal backpacking partner on 09/05/2010 10:40:11 MDT Print View

Mr. Thompson....+1 on that! She is great!

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Re: Re: ideal backpacking partner on 09/05/2010 12:06:05 MDT Print View

‘He travels fastest who travels alone’ - Kipling


Ken

My ideal partner is solitude

Roger


'I was never less alone then when by myself' - Gibbon

Edited by FastWalker on 09/05/2010 21:11:43 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Re: Re: ideal backpacking partner on 09/05/2010 14:46:20 MDT Print View

‘He travels fastest who travels alone’

Sure, but that wasn't the question.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/05/2010 17:01:37 MDT Print View

"Genghis Khan.

I'd love to see if I could outdrink him beside the campfire."

That would probably be the last contest you ever won. ;]

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/05/2010 18:07:18 MDT Print View

Jesus would be the ultimate hiking partner.

Stream crossings?- just walk
Burden?- carried
hungry?- eat for weeks on the same loaves and fishes
need extra stakes? -... OK, OK... TOO FAR

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/05/2010 20:54:14 MDT Print View

Wife +1.

Then a few buddies of mine from camp, and a folk or two from the MN BPL chapter. Then Sam Haraldson.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/05/2010 21:04:56 MDT Print View

"need extra stakes? -... OK, OK... TOO FAR"

LOL. Don't worry Jeff, if you need a backpacking partner in hell, I'm there.......

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: ideal backpacking partner on 09/05/2010 21:09:32 MDT Print View

"Katharina Pierini"

Okay, I'll go with Katharina too. Of course, I've never even met her, but I'm willing to take Ken's word for it.....

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Re: Who is your ideal backpacking partner??? on 09/05/2010 21:12:02 MDT Print View

if you need a backpacking partner in hell, I'm there.......

Needs to be a Facebook page for sure!

Doug. Thanks for the trust, no matter how misguided :)

Joseph Reeves
(Umnak)

Locale: Southeast Alaska
Other on 09/05/2010 21:16:19 MDT Print View

No doubt about it...

Tarp Camp at Bare Loon Lake, Chilkoot Trail

whether it is a one day bushwhack through old growth devils club or a 400 mile kayak trip.