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Ear Plugs / Headphones
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Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Ear Plugs / Headphones on 01/27/2014 00:33:26 MST Print View

In the past I have carried ear plugs. Yeah they are super light, but if you are not a mad tosser-turner, and you carry ear phones or a headset anyway, in-the-ear or ear canal ear bud type headphones is an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.

Edited by bcutlerj on 01/27/2014 00:34:17 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones on 01/27/2014 19:00:46 MST Print View

Why would one want ear plugs in the wilderness? Or earphones?

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones on 01/27/2014 19:06:08 MST Print View

"Why would one want ear plugs in the wilderness?"

Just about every other morning a bird decides to fly onto a tree above my campsite and chirp away.

Also when camping with other people.

I am very noise sensitive when sleeping.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones on 01/27/2014 20:11:42 MST Print View

"Just about every other morning a bird decides to fly onto a tree above my campsite and chirp away."
The best alarm clock.

"Also when camping with other people."
Why would you want to do that?


Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Alarm Clocks on 01/28/2014 21:12:19 MST Print View

Some birds, Turkeys immediately come to mind, make terribly unpleasant alarm clocks. I do not use alarm clocks hiking, but then I generally wake up at the time I plan/hope to, always have. And, I do agree with Nick. I generally prefer the company and safety of the sounds of nature - or at least being aware of them. In fact, I have never carried ear plugs, but I do carry ear phones. If I am having trouble sleeping, it seems to help. Also, when I am alone, sometimes any change of pace is a welcome activity. I usually hike alone. I posted this because so many people have ear phones and ear plugs in their gear lists, and I realized that I have used ear buds as plugs in noisy home environs.

Edited by bcutlerj on 01/28/2014 21:13:28 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Alarm Clocks on 01/28/2014 22:46:12 MST Print View

I always bring and use big over the ear headphones...

on airplanes.

Otherwise, I leave them and the attached device at home.

Stephen Parks
(sdparks) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones on 02/03/2014 20:24:13 MST Print View

Westone UM-1 earphones are very comfortable. Clean sound, good noise isolation, but little bass. But very comfortable. .61oz. These are a far lighter and more compact alternative to noise-cancelling headphones for travel.

Or, if you have $500 that you don't know what to do with, go for the W4Rs.

Edited by sdparks on 02/03/2014 20:27:17 MST.

Trace Richardson
(tracedef) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Headphones on 02/04/2014 20:50:34 MST Print View

Ear plugs are a godsend for loud roosters in Kauai at 3 AM, a loud cuben tent in a storm / neoair + sleeping bag noise and everything in between. Good tunes are a great way to crank out miles as well, on a nice sunny day and / or if you're going sick or going through some altitude sickness or similar and feel like you're gonna die ... good music can help you put one foot in front of the other when shtf.

I love being in my tent and listening to the roar of a storm outside on a mountain that sounds like death from above beating against the walls of my tent ... being one with nature .... for about 2 minutes, then I put my headphones on and fall asleep to a movie on my iphone and pass out like a baby. Nature + electronics equals awesome. :)

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(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: (...)
... on 02/05/2014 12:18:00 MST Print View


Edited by RogerDodger on 07/02/2015 11:12:38 MDT.

Glenn S

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: Ear Plugs / Headphones on 02/11/2014 01:11:07 MST Print View

A: I wear ear plugs 12 hours a day at work, A tornado wouldn't wake me up.
B: Quality headphones VS cheesy micro-speakers for listening pleasure is a no brainer.
C: Weight of either of these items is a non-issue. If you need silence, you NEED silence... If you want listening enjoyment, then 8 grams will be the lightest ecstasy you'll ever encounter in the wilderness.

Besides, sleeping with headphone cords around your neck just sounds, well, less than ideal.

Brian Lindahl
(lindahlb) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Headphones on 03/19/2014 15:22:17 MDT Print View

Roger, try picking up a used ipod nano 6th gen on craigslist/ebay. Same iTunes interface, small, weighs 0.75oz, relatively cheap, 8 or 16gb versions, and lasts for nearly 24 hours of play.

Edited by lindahlb on 03/19/2014 15:26:14 MDT.

Rebecca Audette

Locale: Wicked northern, Massachusetts
Buds on 04/05/2014 19:52:23 MDT Print View

I bring my ipod and skullcandy buds when my kids have scout campouts and they are awful. I'm a side sleeper, so having them jamming against the cartilage in my ears after only a few minutes causes terrible pain. I hear there is a new flat headband/headphone setup that is designed for this exact purpose. Sounds good to me!

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Buds and plugs on 04/08/2014 04:37:24 MDT Print View

Assuming that you want to take buds and ear plugs... I most often don't take either when backpacking but sometimes do take ear buds on bicycle tours and find that I want buds that don't block the ambient sounds. I like my Yurbuds specifically because they don't act as earplugs, They stay in well and allow you to hear the bird song, the hiker approaching behind you, and to generally help maintain the situational awareness that so many folks seem to totally lack these days. As a result they would be just about worthless as ear plugs. Thankfully I have never needed earplugs to sleep in the woods.

Jake S
earbuds v. canalphones on 04/14/2014 23:57:01 MDT Print View

Earbuds are different than canalphones. Canalphones can make decent earplugs.

It should be noted that the point of earplugs isn't to make it so you can't hear anything. Earplugs muffle sound so that no sounds are loud enough to damage you hearing.

To this end, I've never really seen the point. Hikers wear earplugs when hike with other snoring hikers at shelters, or around annoying wildlife. The truth is, if you're a light sleeper, those same sounds will probably still wake you up. You're much better off taking those Benedryl gelcaps than trying to stuff them in your ears. :D

Steven Hollifield
"Ear Plugs / Headphones" on 09/05/2014 13:20:59 MDT Print View

I take plugs for snoring companions. Nice for getting to bed early as well.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: earphones on 09/05/2014 17:10:15 MDT Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/22/2015 02:35:47 MDT.