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Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide
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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide on 01/09/2012 20:53:56 MST Print View

Fact: Glacier, at least on the Pacific side, has a stunning lack of snow. I did a 40+ mile loop Friday-Saturday without skis or snowshoes (but with crampons).

Thesis: If existence as such is defined intersubjectively (in the post-Derridian world), than solo backcountry travel is an especially effective and absurd way of establishing ones identity.


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Edited by DaveC on 01/09/2012 20:56:48 MST.

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
OK on 01/09/2012 22:44:27 MST Print View

But did you have fun?

Or did you forget your novel, and only bring a thesaurus?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: OK on 01/10/2012 00:13:37 MST Print View


Normally I truly enjoy your trip reports and stories. I also enjoy hiking solo, which I do most of the time. Now I am truly confused. Do I need a need a new camera, or listen to Death and the Maiden?


Nick Brown

Locale: Highland Park
Suicide on 01/10/2012 00:25:37 MST Print View

Thanks David. Interesting thoughts and nice photography. Gives the sense you are in a good place, getting after "it". Traction towards whatever that is for you.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide on 01/10/2012 02:06:21 MST Print View

Shouldn't this be in Chaff?


Mark Primack
(Bufa) - MLife

Locale: Cape Cod and Northern Newfoundland
Screw the philosophizing--beautiful pics on 01/10/2012 06:53:09 MST Print View

Screw the philosophizing--beautiful pics. I too love solo hiking in the winter--except when post-holing. My family gave me a PLB last year, and while it won't save me if I slip over a cliff capped by slippery moss, if its a mere ankle break, it might help. I've worked so hard to get in shape to get up the mountains that I actually don't want to die out there, as that would end my adventures and the possibility of maybe heading back to Alaska.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
reading material on 01/10/2012 07:16:06 MST Print View

A few years I resolved, as an experiment, to not bring reading material on backpacking trips for the whole year. Now I never do, and am better able to just sit and appreciate as a result. And it's lighter.

James Castleberry
Keep the philosophy, please on 01/10/2012 08:05:24 MST Print View

Good article and photos. Pushing boundaries and facing death. No fu**in' around. First Kierkegaard, now Derrida. Never heard of either of these cats but trying to follow up and at least grasp their key points. I've probably spent too much time with Terance McKenna and Timothy Leary, or current philosophers such as Neil Kramer who incorporate the psychedelic experience into their philosophy. Lot to be said for facing the possibility of death as a learning experience. I'll take solo backpacking over warfare or cage fighting.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: reading material on 01/10/2012 09:13:38 MST Print View

Many, many years ago I brought reading material and it never was utilized, so I lightened my pack of it forever.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
"Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide" on 01/11/2012 05:26:57 MST Print View

david, clearly there's a unique depth to your experiences that ultimately reflects an uncanny kinship with the natural world. reading material in hand, or not, the photos serene, your observations profound, i found the thread entirely inspiring and enlightening. WORD.