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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)16:57 UTC+1 No.334263 Report

Sup /out/

I haven't hiked or been "OUT" since I was a boy scout about 10 years ago (24 atm).

However I don't know if it's Wanderlust, but every time I see a picture of a landscape or a far away land, I can't help but feel something like Nostalgia. There's so much shit out there to see and I'm here spending my time in a regular copy-paste existence. I'd like to see some interesting things before I die. I have a lot of places in my bucket list, however I'd like to start with something more modest. That's why I'd like to ask you guys a couple of questions.

- Do you hike alone?. I've backpacked with company before through Holland, France and Spain before (a very standard hotel-train-attractions-city trip). And I can imagine going out alone might feel kinda lonely, while at the same time giving you more flexibility and freedom. Besides, how weird is it to find someone that hikes?, I don't think I know anyone that does.

- What do you do while you hike? take pictures?, make a meal? just chill?

- Kinda personal, but what do you get out of whatever specific activity it is you do?

- A very specific question. Are there any specific places in Bayern (South Germany) you'd recommend?. I'm studying here at the moment and would hate to leave this place only having seen the "standard" places to be seen.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)17:14 UTC+1 No.334272 Report

>>334263
>do you hike alone?
yeah i do its usially just day trips and never very far from town but i go exploring
>what do you do while hiking?
i look around for animals and such look for other cool shit
>what do i get out of it
i like being /out/ like seeign nature ect its mental health time i guess
>any place around germany
no fucking clue mate
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)17:21 UTC+1 No.334276 Report

OP here,

These links in the sticky don't work.

>Useful tips:
http://www.mountaineers.org/images/TenEssentials_web.pdf
http://www.ar15.com/content/manuals/FM21-76_SurvivalManual.pdf
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)18:53 UTC+1 No.334314 Report

>>334263
>- #1
I actually kind of feel sorry for people who have only ever known this type of city-bound vacation. As a result of my interests, and where I have lived in the past, I have met a lot of people who are just like this, and tried to get them into hiking, sometimes successfully. I don't want to make it seem like I look down on indoor types, but I definitely think that they have missed out on A LOT in life by living indoor-bound lifestyles. To me, being in the outdoors, with others or by myself, is being connected to nature and feeling true freedom from all the chains of society, and you can't put a price on that.

>- #2
If you're hiking alone, you will probably want something to occupy your mind with. Taking pictures is a great way. Bring a tripod, ND filters and a remote shutter release, and you'll be set. Fishing is another one that I have found to be very fruitful. Then again, sometimes I just go out "to hike," meaning that my main activity is constant movement, and I plan everything, including my meals, my campsites, and how long I sleep, around the fact that I will be walking the maximum number of miles in a day as I can. If you're just chilling around camp, you will likely be bored (at least until you've gotten used to being in the outdoors, which even takes me an average of 3 days just to get to that point). If you're with other people who aren't used to being in the outdoors, bring something like a frisbee or card game. It is insanely common for an inexperienced camper to want to go home after (or before) the first night, thus ruining a multi-day trip for the rest of the group.

>- #3
I think if you have to ask this, you're not going to enjoy being in the outdoors. Do it to do it. Don't do it to get something out of it. Otherwise, you risk satisfying your requirement and losing interest in the outdoors as a result.

>- #4
American here, so can't answer.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)18:54 UTC+1 No.334315 Report

>>334276
Just Google "Ten Essentials" and "US Army Survival Manual." The former is much more interesting and relevant than the latter.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)18:57 UTC+1 No.334318 Report

>>334314
>I think if you have to ask this, you're not going to enjoy being in the outdoors. Do it to do it. Don't do it to get something out of it. Otherwise, you risk satisfying your requirement and losing interest in the outdoors as a result.

The question might have come off the wrong way, I just wanted to know out of curiosity why each person does it. I wasn't meaning it in a transactional way like, "I GET ENLIGHTENMENT"
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)19:10 UTC+1 No.334326 Report

>>334318
Every so often in the winter, and very often in the summer, I simply get the urge to go hiking and/or camping. I plan a trip, and just go. I can meta-analyze what I get out of it psychologically, but at the end of the day, that is simply post-analysis, and doesn't explain the reason for why I go. If I could, I would live in the mountains in a small cabin with no power or running water, or else out of a semi-permanent tent shelter. Since I don't/can't, at least without forefeiting a lot of what I have built for myself in my life in the city, and since my life in a city that must be constantly attended to, I end up spending a lot of time in the city. When things slow down with my work, and I'm feeling content with how things are in the world, then I leave the city to go to where I really want to be.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)19:16 UTC+1 No.334330 Report

- Do you hike alone?
No, I have tits so no fun allowed, at least not in my country.
- What do you do while you hike? take pictures?, make a meal? just chill?
I take pictures, mostly why I want to go alone, as whoever accompanies me usually ends up whining about how they're bored and wanna go home.
- Kinda personal, but what do you get out of whatever specific activity it is you do?
As I mentioned above, pretty pictures. Also some time alone since I live in an apartment building with lots of snooping sniper-grannies constantly watching and questioning whatever I do.
- A very specific question. Are there any specific places in Bayern (South Germany) you'd recommend?. I'm studying here at the moment and would hate to leave this place only having seen the "standard" places to be seen.
Don't know, haven't been to Germany.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)19:19 UTC+1 No.334333 Report

>>334330
Do you speak spanish?
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)19:24 UTC+1 No.334339 Report

>>334333
I live in Greece if that's what you're asking.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)19:40 UTC+1 No.334352 Report

>>334263
>Do you hike alone?
For day trips, yeah usually. Often I just decide on the morning to go out and I don't want to call around, wait 2 hours just so everyone decides not to come.
For longer trips, I have some buddies. And of course sometimes they come on daytrips as well.

>What do you do while you hike? take pictures?, make a meal? just chill?
I hike until I'm where I want to be and then I hike back (Or for longer trips: I walk until the day is over and I make camp, eat something and fall asleep from an exhausting day). Sometimes I take pictures and sometimes I have to take a break and eat something. Otherwise nothing else, really.

>Kinda personal, but what do you get out of whatever specific activity it is you do?
Just the nice feeling of climbing a mountain and knowing you achieved it on your own 2 legs (and hands).

>Bayern
Where in Bayern? Bayerischer Wald around Regensburg/Deggendorf has some really nice places.
Franconia has Fränkische Schweiz, which is very beautiful, has great food and great beer.
Bayerische Voralpen have some nice places (around Garmisch/Mittenwald, Berchtesgarden for example) and you'd be silly not to do some trips into the Austrian Alps
Tell me which interests you and I'll write up some tours.

>Besides, how weird is it to find someone that hikes?, I don't think I know anyone that does.
There's an /out/ map thread in the catalog right now. post your location/contact info or contact other people in the vicinity
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:08 UTC+1 No.334379 Report

>>334352
>Where in Bayern?
I'm just north of München, in Freising. But anywhere in Bayern would be a nice learning experience.

I take it you have hiked in Germany before? any idea how the laws are here?. I know there are paths. Can you just camp a couple dozen meters away from the trail?.

Any interesting stories?
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:26 UTC+1 No.334396 Report

>>334379
>I take it you have hiked in Germany before?
I've been born in Franconia and went on vacation once a year around Deggendorf for a week, and once a year to Mittenwald. Now I live in the Alps.
>camping laws
Generally, it's forbidden (as well as in the Alps).
However that's mostly a legal means to deal with squatters, gypsies and people that leave their trash anywhere. Not to mention helping foresters keep their rights. It's just a necessity in a region with such a high population density.

Regardless, usually it's tolerated. As long as you only stay for one night, ask for permission if you can, and obviously leave no trace. Inform yourself beforehand about nature reserves and the likes, and don't even think about open fire outside of designated fireplaces.

Most likely you won't see anyone anyway.
If you're hiking in the alps above the treeline, you won't see anyone after nightfall anyway, and as long as you leave early enough, nobody will even know you were there.

If you can, I'd just ask farmers if you can sleep somewhere on their ground for a night, maybe in some old barn or whatever.

Pic related, we asked some farmer if he has a place where we can put up our tent, he offered us to sleep in this firewood attic of a cabin he was currently renovating. The day before we slept in a bivouac shelter, the day after we just put our tent in a fairly secluded spot at ~2450m
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:38 UTC+1 No.334408 Report

>>334379
Oh, and why don't you join the Alpine Club? Organized tours, people you can meet and go /out/ with, training, cheap renting and most likely a library in a section like Munich.

God, I sound like a marketer.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:39 UTC+1 No.334409 Report

>>334396
>Not to mention helping foresters keep their rights.
What is a forester? I'm not sure if I'm familiar with this term, or if my understanding of it is the same as what you're using it to refer to.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:42 UTC+1 No.334411 Report

>>334408
>>334396
OP here, thanks a lot for your answers mate.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:43 UTC+1 No.334415 Report

>>334409
Förster :)
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:44 UTC+1 No.334417 Report

>>334415
Sorry, I didn't mean that I could understand German. What defines a forester or förster?
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:48 UTC+1 No.334421 Report

>>334411
Sure thing. As for specific hikes, I suggest the Paradiestal in Franconian Swiss, the Rauchröhren in the Bavarian Forest and the entire areas around Ehrwald (zugspitze) and Mittenwald. Take your pick.

>>334417
Ah, I thought you were from Germany.
The guy that manages the State Forests. Patrols, sometimes hunts, repairs feeding troughs for deer, makes sure there are no poachers, wild campers, etc.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:55 UTC+1 No.334422 Report

>>334421
>The guy that manages the State Forests. Patrols, sometimes hunts, repairs feeding troughs for deer, makes sure there are no poachers, wild campers, etc.
That sounds like a sweet gig.
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Anonymous 06/17/14(Tue)20:56 UTC+1 No.334423 Report

>What do you do while you hike? take pictures?, make a meal? just chill?

Pictures mostly, though I do like fishing. However, I love collecting rocks. You can get well versed in geology, but I like just going out and saying, "Hey, that's a pretty rock!" Petrified wood, fossils, and pioneer/indian artifacts, or even interesting wood (driftwood, weathered, whatever), etc. are also good to look for, but the nice thing about rocks is that there are always rocks. Lots and lots of rocks.
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