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Old 09-16-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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You gotsta do what you enjoy, and what gives you the most satisfaction, whatever that may be.

I don't think tent camping is necessarily just age related, though no doubt it has some to do with it, but as much a state of physical fitness. I can't help but get good exercise where I mostly go to tent. I know, I know, I am just a youngster here anyway.

I think the majority of people backpacked at one time or another, but for me backcountry exploring via foot, paddle, or ski, was literally an obsession. For a few years, I spent about half the time venturing in the backcountry. This lessened a bit once we had kids. We then bought a tent trailer to haul them around in, but I have always done a few trips every year. Though I love to spend time in my trailer, for me there is still a BIG draw to head into the mountains. There, there is many, many natural beauties that one cannot see from the road, and along with it the peace and tranquility that sets my mind at ease (not an easy task).

I will be back next week bearing pikturs.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:14 PM   #12
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It has been probably over 10 years since we last tent camped and I have stopped Cathy several times from hauling the stuff off to Goodwill. Yet, probably will never use it again. Froze my petunias to many times in the mountains. Loren
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:26 PM   #13
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We have always tent camped, but "roughing it" was simply getting old (or we were). We'll keep the tent for certain outings, or for the grandkids, but the wife and I will be found in the trailer. Ever spend a summer night in South Texas in a tent? Its fine if you like to swim in your bed.
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"roughing it"
Maybe this is what makes me unique (okay, different). I don't see tenting as roughing it at all. No different than our trailers, it is another piece of equipment that allows me to stay where I want to be. I get WAY more excited to go on a trip where a tent is needed, than one where a trailer will work.

My tent may not be roughing it, but my trailer sure is a luxury.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:58 PM   #15
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Tent Camping .... NEVER AGAIN!!

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Been there done that not a fan..

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Old 09-16-2014, 09:58 PM   #16
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Don't hate me! But... I think this "tent" stuff can be age related.
Yep. Donna, I do believe you hit the tent peg right on the head. No longer want to do the stuff that I thought was fun when I was young. But I still reminisce about those times with fond memories. It's all about comfort now.
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I don't think tent camping is necessarily just age related, though no doubt it has some to do with it, but as much a state of physical fitness. ....
Jim, I'm, (at least) ten years older than you. Contact me in 2024. I just did my Health Assessment.. everything is Optimum or above... so the physical stuff isn't a problem. I still know (TG for a working brain) it's time to "change." I hope you find THAT out many years from now...

As my mother has said, the brain is soooo very willing and the body is not.... DANG IT!
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I suppose part of it is the climate where you live, Jim. Summer in Canada in a tent? I wouldn't mind that at all. Texas Hill Country? That's another matter entirely. For those who've never done it, and who think they know what hot weather is, this will redefine it for you. If that isn't "roughing it", I dont know what is. I've spent time in the middle east sleeping in a temporary shelter with a bunch of guys carrying M16s. That was like a hotel compared to tenting in South Texas in August.
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Still use the tent, maybe once a year. Would like to do more lightweight backpacking and canoe camping. Car camping is out. Nothing wrong with getting new sleeping bags. The trailer is for traveling.
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It seems I am getting myself in a bit of a pickle here, with my admitted love for what tent camping offers me. Oh well, I gots thick skin.

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Jim, I'm, (at least) ten years older than you. Contact me in 2024. I just did my Health Assessment.. everything is Optimum or above... so the physical stuff isn't a problem. I still know (TG for a working brain) it's time to "change." I hope you find THAT out many years from now...

As my mother has said, the brain is soooo very willing and the body is not.... DANG IT!
Yeppers, I am only 57 this year, just a puppy. I have friends that are 10 years older than me that I can barely keep up to in the backcountry. I really believe, short of some major physical failing, that I will be out there for at least 10 more years, and I sure am hoping for more. There are many in our canoe club well into their 70's, still going strong.
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I suppose part of it is the climate where you live, Jim. Summer in Canada in a tent? I wouldn't mind that at all. Texas Hill Country? That's another matter entirely. For those who've never done it, and who think they know what hot weather is, this will redefine it for you.
This could be very true. I am not a fan of heat. I have a winter bag that will keep me nice and cozy in a blizzard, but not much one can do in the blistering heat to cool down, without A/C that is.
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