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Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Weekend Warrior on 06/04/2014 10:35:59 MDT Print View

Shameless self promotion..but one I think some people here can relate to. :)


Another article on a reoccurring theme for me: How to balance my needed time in the outdoors while maintaining a job, a marriage and a social circle?

Part of the answer, for me, is taking advantage of the weekend get-away.

Read it here:

http://gossamergear.com/wp/tips/weekend-warrior

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Weekend Warrior on 06/05/2014 13:36:06 MDT Print View

Another great article Paul.

A few years ago, Ryan Jordan and BPL in general were advocates for Sub 24 hr trips as a means to balance the life enriching experience of staying connected to the woods with life's demands in town. I don't see people talking about it so much anymore. I know John Abela started a page on FB so hopefully the topic will see a revival.

I wouldn't trade my family for all the riches in the world and have to realize that while backpacking is my passion, we are four people who have a variety of interests that doesn't always include hiking through the woods. A sub 24 hr hike gives me an opportunity to get my wilderness fix but lessens the impact on my family and career where I can still be there to support them or earn a paycheck.

I'm setting a goal that regardless of any other backpacking trips I do, to squeeze in a mid-week sub 24 on, at least, a monthly basis for this year. Sounds like a chore when I say it this way but I expect that setting this as a goal for myself, I'll find some inspiration for quick down and dirty/inexpensive trips that I probably wouldn't have taken had I not set this goal for myself.

I'm a flake so we shall see.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Weekend Warrior on 06/05/2014 14:28:29 MDT Print View

I hear ya. The crushing feeling for me is around January, when driving for a family member or a friend's kids birthday party, and I see the crisp mountain on the side of the freeway, no pollution, with dusting of the rare snow in SoCal. As if nature is taunting, teasing and mocking me, like Nelson from the Simpsons Ha-Haa. The mountains have fresh snow, no footprints yet, and where are you going? to a child's birthday party, to see friends with little left in common, eat cake instead of burning calories, sit in traffic instead of sit on a tree log, watch caffeinated screaming children instead of spying on the squirrels, Blue Jays and the elusive big horn sheep and mule deer, listen to go-nowhere conversations about the horrors of politics, economy, and job market, instead of the chirping bird calls and the predator hawks circling.

It's just the way it is.
Competing priorities. A home has chores. A spouse needs attention. Income requires the exchange of workplace time for money. Some form of social connections requires maintenance on the existing Fam/Friends relationship, in addition to Liking their comments on Facebook.

It would be ideal if my wife was into trail life style, and would be nice if my friends were also hikers, or if my job didn't anchor me down to a farting roller chair. But that's where I am.

I plan ahead for windows of opportunity on the calendar. reserve my time in advance. heavily bribe the oppressor to go easy on the veto card.

Trail buddy is nice to have, but I plan EVERYTHING as a solo trip, no equipment sharing. People flake often, and I've planned a lot time for this to be derailed by others.

And lately I've just gone to play among the trees even with lousy weather. I intentionally got an SUV for mud and snow, and tire cables, because I hear the call of the wild, and it's taunting me. HA- HAA.

Nelson Ha-Haa

Edited by RogerDodger on 06/05/2014 14:30:04 MDT.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
S240 on 06/06/2014 07:13:32 MDT Print View

Thanks for the nice words.

Do you happen to know the name of the S240 page? I found one on Facebook, but I am not sure if is the right page or not? (I did not see John A's name).

I really need to do more S240.

For various reasons my wife does not drive (I suspect mainly due to growing up in central Eruope in an urban environment with great public transit) and as tolerating she is of my weekend jaunts, even I get a "honey do" list at times...some of which involve playing chauffeur on a Saturday. :)

An S240 allows me to go out on Friday, be home by mid-morning Saturday. And still take the cat to the vet. ;)

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: S240 on 06/06/2014 08:38:31 MDT Print View

Here's the link to John's page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sub24hike/

It's starting off pretty slow. It'd be nice to see more activity there.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Weekend Warrior on 06/06/2014 10:05:05 MDT Print View

Well said Paul.
As a husband and father and teacher and artist….the short trip is typically the trip for me. And increasingly with my kids.

While I can't always backpack with the frequency I'd like, I'm fortunate to live and work where I do. While plenty of people will dismiss the Los Angeles area (it certainly has its issues), I live close enough to the mountains to be able to dip my feet in a stream at any time that I choose and have the vast wilderness of the Pacific Ocean right next to my workplace so I can surf 4-5 days/week on average as well as dive/spear.

If backpacking was the only outdoor release I had I'd be a sick man. You definitely have to take it where you can get it.

Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear1) - F

Locale: On Vacation from BPL
Re: Re: Weekend Warrior on 06/06/2014 12:08:49 MDT Print View

Similar here. I do a lot of weekend trips in the late fall, winter, and early spring, but come late spring, it starts to get muggy and hot around here. Some folks are cold intolerant, well i'm definitely humid hot intolerant (thanks Scottish Highlander and Germanic genes).

So then my weekends become more about going to the beach, specifically more so car camping at a state park near the beach. However, i have an often social wife, so i tend to get pulled into other things at times.

I would love to do a thru hike in the US, as the only longer hike i've done is the Camino in Spain, which while i really liked aspects of it, wish it had more wilderness parts, and less road walking (which can really kill your feet besides being ugly).

But how could i possibly take off that time unless i wanted to get divorced and be homeless and broke for awhile. I'm broke enough as it is, and often just barely get bills paid off, with an occasional little extra sometimes. Ironically, my wife who is a teacher and who makes more money than me, could do a thru hike if she really wanted to, or at least a good portion of one. We did the Camino together but that was in large part because she is semi obsessed with Spain and obsessed with long distance traveling (especially to other countries). Personally i would prefer more time out in more true wilderness.

Edited by ArcturusBear1 on 06/06/2014 12:13:14 MDT.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Microadventures on 06/06/2014 15:08:40 MDT Print View

http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/category/blog/microadventure/

Alastair Humphreys has been writing about what he calls Microadventures.

He also has a new book on the subject.

http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/microadventures-book/

Michael L
(mpl_35) - MLife

Locale: The Palouse
Re: Weekend Warrior on 06/06/2014 15:13:57 MDT Print View

good write up. Most of the times with work/wife/kid, my outdoor adventures are 24-36 hours.

A good way to get a quick fix!