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Hiking, mountaineering and rockclimbing
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Posted 1/14/13 , edited 1/17/13
Hi, i am quite new to the forums and i've tried to search up threads that fall within my interests. Seems no threads are about hiking, and i feel honored to present my passion and discuss.

I've been hiking for years, mostly because i was born into it; but i've always found mountains and the outdoors a perfect place to use my senses; smell, sight are examples. The real sense experience is how you feel, you feel the cold wind after and during a long hike, or taking your moist and warm march boots off to get in the sleeping bag under the clear sky or inside a tent.

In Norway, hiking is rather popular and everyone is entitled to the nature we got, as long as you treat it with respect. Some go on one-day hikes, and some take the liberty to be with nature for a few days or weeks.


Røddalen, Bones(salangsdalen), 800 moh aprox.
Might share more pictures later


Anyways, share your experiences or ask questions about gear or places, anything.

More pics added to OP.

Picture time (as promised) A lot of images, and large ones, so i upload to imgur instead.

http://i.imgur.com/hLoL5.jpg
Nordmarka, with 3 freinds; its mostly a hike for testing equipment, but it was fun as well. Beautiful place.

http://i.imgur.com/VVI80.jpg
In Bardufoss we stumbled upon a old WW2 entrenchment, nothing interesting inside, except for long tunnels and no light. Creepy.

http://i.imgur.com/leJlD.jpg
This is the hole we found on grønnfjell, for some reason i didn't have any better pictures of it.

http://i.imgur.com/UVEKd.jpg
Rødalen, image over rødvatnet and you see a part of the river delta/marsh.

http://i.imgur.com/ohehF.jpg
Here you can see the large glacier, called svartisen (black ice)

http://i.imgur.com/iwCbD.jpg
Random image, i like rivers.

http://i.imgur.com/yjHAF.jpg
Close to the top on a mountain called bottomfjellet.



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I don't see what the fun is in climbing up a mountain, only to come back down it again.
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My greatest hiking experience was in Death Valley when I was in college. We spent a weekend hiking through some canyons in Death Valley and rappelling down canyon walls. It ended with us rappelling down a waterfall to the bottom of a canyon and then climbing our way out of the canyon, back to the campsite. Lots of fun, even though it was really hot.
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Mt greatest hiking experience was to my office. when the elevator broke down.
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I love rock climbing as exercise, but mostly indoors. Last time I tried it outside, I kind of broke a few rocks I was trying to hold... not that fun. And inside there's water fountains..

Hiking, on the other hand, is lovely, and I wish I could do it more! When I lived in California, USA, I was happy to spend a few weekends going through Muir Woods and such. Great workouts, great air, great views.. what isn't to love?
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Haven't done any of what you listed since I don't live near any mountains here except Stone Mountain and I'm too afraid to climb any since I fear something tragic may happen.
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I like hiking, it tends to make me feel alive, and more appreciative of my life. No meal tastes as good, and no bed feels as warm and no sleep is quite as good as the one you get after you come back from a long day of hiking.

I live in Washington, so we're known for a lot of outdoor sports, like Colorado. We have a lot of great trails. Some of my favorites are hiking up Mt. Si or up Mt. Baker and see the glaciers.

There are these birds up in those mountains called camp robbers, named because of how brave and cheeky they can be around humans and their food. They will literally perch on your shoulders and hands and demand food. Quite cute too.
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haikinka wrote:

I don't see what the fun is in climbing up a mountain, only to come back down it again.


Try it, with that logic; many things in life are just a waste of time and not fun.


Winterfells wrote:


There are these birds up in those mountains called camp robbers, named because of how brave and cheeky they can be around humans and their food. They will literally perch on your shoulders and hands and demand food. Quite cute too.


Camp robbers, they dont fear humans at all?

Only camp robbers we got, are are these cute bastards.(Røyskatt AKA short-tailed weasel)



They come out at night, and if you haven't secured your food (just stashing it randomly outside tent or around the camp) they will take it. If you've fished, chances are that you been watched for a while and they will follow you and your catch.

Bears aren't that common anymore, at least.
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I like hiking. Good exercise, and depending on where you hike, the scenery is usually breathtaking.
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MakotoKamui wrote:

I love rock climbing as exercise, but mostly indoors. Last time I tried it outside, I kind of broke a few rocks I was trying to hold... not that fun. And inside there's water fountains..



Outdoor climbing is another kind of climbing, it requires more equipment (unless pre-made routes) and more climbing knowledge.

"Soft rock" is climbing places with a lot of loose materials (Loose materials can also be over ledges, harder to avoid that), only thing you can do is wear a helmet and use your hands carefully, i mostly avoid places as these, as the guy securing you is actually beneath you(helmet!) and its just annoying to have small rocks and debris hinder your climb.

In ice-climbing its a constant "waterfall" of debris(ice) as you use your ice axes to climb. But everyone is wearing thick jackets and as long you avoid releasing huge ice chunks, everyone is fine.

But indoor waterfalls, can't argue with that, except outdoor waterfalls.^^


mystic17 wrote:

Haven't done any of what you listed since I don't live near any mountains here except Stone Mountain and I'm too afraid to climb any since I fear something tragic may happen.


Hiking is not only climbing mountains, forests are just as nice, just another kind of hike and scenery. Just go to places that meet your experience level and never walk alone, or without letting people know exactly where you are going.

Better safe than sorry, a basic rule i've been taught is to have an "Emergency stash" only to be consumed in emergencies.

Medical equipment, a flask of water, some chocolate bars, and if its winter (or norwegian summer) you can have some light weight extra clothing.

There is some cases hiking accidents in Norway every year, since people underestimate nature, they go out for some days with minimal amount of equipment and freeze to death because of ignorance.
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i freakin love backpacking i wish i could go more often thou.
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You should plan a trip instead of waiting for a opportunity, if thats your case. Even better, go with friends that think the same way as you.

On short trips, i use most of my time taking pictures, reading and relaxing, especially at summer. At summer, you can also take the liberty to dive into a lake.
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errrr I like the view in the end? but I never enjoy the process....
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I really enjoy both of those, but then again, I enjoy doing a lot of things. As much as I like hiking and rock climbing, I haven't done either in a couple of years. There's just too many things I'd rather do instead. Still, I guess I take walks pretty frequently if that counts.
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I had my fun yet painful share of hiking/climbing trails at Austin, TX. Went with a group of friends on some spontaneous trip without gear all sober. The fun part was the cooperatively exploring and climbing endlessly. Painful part was when I lost balance trying to take a cool picture on the edge of a cliff. Next thing you know my friends raced down and 2 of them also got hurt stumbling on some loose gravel. Will we do it again? YES. Will we wear Trail shoes? that would be the smart thing.
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