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Whi is your ideal backpacking partner???
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Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
My Three Choices on 09/05/2010 22:07:33 MDT Print View

My soon to be partner (he is only good for dayhiking currently):

Ford, my oldest - who will turn 13 this month, back when he was 7 or so - has been my constant companion backpacking since he was 5:
Olallie Trail

And my husband as well.

Mostly though I end up with peeps such as Dicentra and Hoosierdaddy!

Edited by sarbar on 09/05/2010 22:08:27 MDT.

James Lantz
(jameslantz) - F

Locale: North Georgia
"Ideal Backpacking Partner" on 09/05/2010 22:15:25 MDT Print View

+4 for Jesus the Christ. He practiced the lightweight hiking philosophy, thought outside the box, understands nature intimately, afflicts the comfortable & comforts the afflicted, & could convert water to single malt scotch (He's already done water to wine! ;) )

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: "Ideal Backpacking Partner" on 09/06/2010 15:07:50 MDT Print View

+5 for Jesus. I go out to worship and see God's amazing creation. Hope to add my sons and wife at some point soon on some easy trips.

Judi Henson
(ritzhenson) - F

Locale: The Deep South
Ideal Hiking Partner on 09/06/2010 15:29:20 MDT Print View

+6 for Jesus! My Son is my second choice... although, we usually do a trio thang. (Jesus, my son Michael, and Me.)Michael pickin' a winner

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
i'm not picky on 09/07/2010 10:12:04 MDT Print View

i would gladly go with anyone willing to go with me.

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
But.... on 09/27/2010 23:48:28 MDT Print View

But I take Jesus with me everywhere anyway....

Now, all spiritual cliches aside, I'd take my wife. I'm still waiting on Jesus to perform the miracle of strapping a pack to her back (even if it means buying a tent)!

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Who is your ideal backpacking partner???" on 09/28/2010 00:04:15 MDT Print View

Aldo Leopold.

carl becker
(carlbecker) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
My partner on 09/28/2010 06:09:17 MDT Print View

Mother Nature.

David T
(DaveT) - F
ideal partner on 09/28/2010 13:23:21 MDT Print View

I'd go along with the Great Satan (no, not the USA a la Khomeini et al).

The real Satan.

No need to bring Esbit tabs or that heavy Jetboil.
"Hey Satan, could you heat up this ramen for me?"

Any other flame-based needs covered.
"Hey Satan, could you melt the end of this fraying nylon strap?"

Why bring a bear canister?
"Hey Satan, there's a bear nosing around my foodbag. Can you scare him off?"


Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: ideal partner on 09/28/2010 13:30:55 MDT Print View

Melissa Arnot


Of course, that's my second choice to my finacee.

Todd Williams
(ctwillia) - MLife

Locale: Depends on the weekend
Re: ideal partner on 09/28/2010 14:14:41 MDT Print View

Dave, you nailed it. You wouldn't even need a sleeping bag, just spoon up to Satan to stay warm. Don't let Satan spoon you though. He doesn't believe 'no means no"

Now if somehow you could talk Jesus AND Satan to come along... talk about great conversation!! Actually you'd probably end up wishing for 'the sound of silence' cause of all that gabbin'. (not Simon & Garfunkel)

And speaking of Paul and Art, I'd bring Mrs. Robinson. She hike?

Chris Benson
(roguenode) - F

Locale: Boulder
Leopold on 09/28/2010 14:30:49 MDT Print View

"Aldo Leopold"

+1. I'll add Muir, especially for a Sierra's trip.

Jack Scheckton
(Meestajack) - F

Locale: Brooklyn
Muir on 09/29/2010 14:18:46 MDT Print View

I was just about to say Muir.

Hiking the PCT 1890s style with John Muir would be interesting, it wouldnt be a LNT trip... but I'd love to practice traditional minimalist hiking and listen to his stories and observations.

Benen Huntley
(benen) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Backpacking Partner on 10/18/2010 03:30:26 MDT Print View

My wife is slways the first person I'd pick to spend time with. Our work hours clash terribly so we make the most of the time we get. Plus, she loves the outdoors as much as me! My second choice would be any of the great people who have been so friendly and incredibly helpful on here! I'd jump at any opportunity to backpack with someone I can learn so much from. Selfish of me, I know haha

Dug Shelby
(Pittsburgh) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Kenlyn... on 10/22/2010 22:34:00 MDT Print View

Haven't seen her in years, but she was a great friend. surfed a little on the pro circuit, tough as nails, feminine as a woman can get, always saw things as hopeful and possible, had an awesomely infectious laugh, out-surfed any guy, out-anythinged most guys, ambitious, clever, mischevious, and above all else, absolutely stunningly gorgeous.

Why I was stuck on another girl and didn't drop to one knee with a diamond for this woman I will never know!

I'll add also a lot of others sentiments...for me, Jesus was the original thru-hiker. Hung out with tent makers, knew how to survive in the wilderness, and friend to all animals. And the conversations we could have....mind blowing. I'd yo-yo the triple crown with the guy!


Edited by Pittsburgh on 10/22/2010 22:37:19 MDT.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Who is your ideal backpacking partner. on 10/23/2010 16:35:08 MDT Print View

None of them.

I'd rather take either just myself or Samn Haraldson.

david hensley
(AliasDave) - F
any close friends... on 11/15/2010 20:00:27 MST Print View

Besides JC, I would to hike with any of my good friends or family, no one that I'm close with likes to hike :(
Would love to thru-hike with mah pops!

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
My fav pardner on 11/15/2010 20:05:10 MST Print View

With love and respect to my friends and family:

My iPod and a good, long novel by Charles Dickens.

As my pappy used to say, "I love people. I love them even more if i can spend a few days away from them."


Craig Savage
(tremelo) - F

Locale: San Jacinto Mountains
oops on 11/17/2010 21:47:58 MST Print View

Dick Cheney would be my 1st pick. My 2nd choice (though not by much)would be Robert Kagan or any of the other senior heads involved with the Project for the New American Century think tank.

We would be going somewhere very remote...

Scott Ireland
(WinterWarlock) - MLife

Locale: Western NY
Re: Other on 11/18/2010 06:43:39 MST Print View

OK, so my bad eyes required I click on the picture to enlarge it well enough to see, and I then browsed through your Alaska! is all I can say. Beautiful pictures of your kayak and hike adventures. Can't believe I've never been up there, but your pictures have really rekindled that fire.

And my pick? Probably Ed Abbey...

Edited by WinterWarlock on 11/18/2010 06:45:20 MST.