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Paul Dalley
(pauldalley) - F

Locale: Gulf Coast
Games - Recomendations on 03/05/2012 10:02:16 MST Print View

Hello All,

I regularly hike with a group. We usually play cards but are there any other games that you recommend to bring along. Sometimes we bring a mini-backgammon set. Anything else that is small, light weight and fun for two or a group??



Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Mille Bornes on 03/05/2012 10:20:46 MST Print View

for about a year straight on every trip we played Mille Bornes. not very heavy and fun for 4 people.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Games - Recomendations on 03/05/2012 10:29:11 MST Print View

Twister. You can even make the 'board' out of tyvek if you really want to lighten it up.

Dylan Snodgrass

Locale: San Francisco, CA
Re: Games - Recomendations on 03/05/2012 11:11:29 MST Print View

Yahtzee works well and is "UL." We just bring one set of mini dice, two pencils, and a scoring sheet or two for each person. Fun!

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Games - Recomendations on 03/05/2012 21:15:42 MST Print View

Boot toss. One person turns their back, the other person tosses a boot into a grassy field. Time how long it takes the first person to find the boot. Works best at dusk. Entertains our girls for hours :)

For us, various card games have been the most common. The card game SET used to be the most popular though poker using snacks as chips is fairly popular, especially with those who regularly win :). Go (using a cloth rather than wooden board) can be quite lightweight and compact. There are a various of board games which are designed for travel which are small and light, typically a plastic folding board with plastic pieces: scrabble, chess/checkers, othello, etc all run 3-4oz. In the past we have also brought tangoes, pass the pigs, and various strategic micro metagames board games from the 1970s.


Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Checkers on 03/06/2012 07:55:50 MST Print View

You can make a checker board in the dirt and use different coloured rocks for each team. This works well if you are staying somewhere for more than one night as collecting the 12 light coloured rocks and 12 dark coloured rocks is more difficult than you think. But it is zero weight.

I like the idea of the Tyvek ground sheet and twister board.

Shane Reed
Fun games on 03/06/2012 19:53:55 MST Print View

Mancala could be weightless if you collected pebbles or something else for pieces. Pass the pigs is a lightweight entertaining game as well.

Mark Thompson

Locale: Midwest
bgg on 03/06/2012 22:36:55 MST Print View

head over to, I've seen several post there. Can't look it up now but I'll try an remember to look around later this week.

Mark Thompson

Locale: Midwest
suggestions on 03/07/2012 11:28:27 MST Print View

I've heard good things about Hive ( but have not yet played it myself.

I've played the regular verison of carcassone is its a great game, the travel one may be a good choice.

Here are a couple of other geeklsit with some game suggestions

P. Larson
(reacttocontact) - F
Re: suggestions on 03/07/2012 11:40:11 MST Print View

Pot, quarter. Done. =)

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
game on 03/07/2012 12:30:51 MST Print View

Well you can't go wrong with a good rock throwing contest... pick a target and see who can hit it first. this keep ya warm too!

Another game that my buddy and I like to play is called Quadgmiache. Basically hacky sack with a full size Bic. You toss to the the other person and the have to catch it on the back of their hand and toss it the same way. there are many 'tricks' you can do and other bounces and combos. its actually pretty hard.

Dustin Judd
(ddujnitsud) - F
Rock Bocci on 03/07/2012 12:34:28 MST Print View

Played rock Bocci the other night with the scouts. Just like the game using rocks you find instead of the heavy balls. It got pretty competitive towards the end.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Games - Recomendations on 03/07/2012 12:52:36 MST Print View

Mumbly peg with your SAK Classic? It's a manly game, quite manly.

Keith Bassett

Locale: Pacific NW
Chess on 03/07/2012 13:27:53 MST Print View

Just picked up the set below for my son and I to play. He loves chess, and this is small and has the algebraic notation on the edges.

And who doesn't love hearing their eight year old put them into check?