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Hiking/scrambling is the cheapest/easiest to get into if you have mountains near you. The price of admission is a decent set of hiking shoes and a water bottle to start. It's also great exercise for your legs and glutes.

I also mountain bike for fun, just easy stuff on trails near my house.

Started getting into triathlons last year and that is good fun! Learning to swim properly at high altitudes isn't easy, and I think it helps me prepare for high altitude exercise in general.

Also have some river kayaks but didn't get out at all last year!
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the only problem i have with hiking is that it can get pretty dull. sometimes its really, fun though like when climbing a wall off rocks.
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the only problem i have with hiking is that it can get pretty dull. sometimes its really, fun though like when climbing a wall off rocks.
Have you done multi-day hikes? I find it fun to pack everything I need to live for 4 days in a 35 pound pack. You're telling me counting squares of toilet paper isn't exciting!!!
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never done it. that actually sounds fun
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never done it. that actually sounds fun
It really is! First time I carried about 60 pounds on my back, it was a short hike (5 km) but that was still horrible. After that I learned to take only what you need (and apparently 24 cans of beer isn't what you need for a 3 day hike )

So yeah, I love the hike, but for me it's fun to pack exactly what you might need into the lightest pack you can. It's sort of a race to get the lightest pack. I got some really cool shots last time we were out!

At the start of the trail:


Our camp site 5 km back in the bush:


View from our site:


Having fun at the swimming hole...


Just part of the trail!


About to practise the ancient ritual of poking a fire with a stick...


The best thing about hike-camping is that once you get over the initial cost of entry (packs, supplies, etc. can cost a bit) it's almost free to do. Dunno about the states, but most provincial parks charge about $10 a night for backcountry camp sites, and your food is the only other consumable. You can easily spend 4 days in the woods for under $100 for two people.

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i love that you brought a ton of beer! but that does look pretty awsome. I live in minnesota so like an hour from me are amazing places to hike that can be enterd by canoe and portaging it
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i love that you brought a ton of beer! but that does look pretty awsome. I live in minnesota so like an hour from me are amazing places to hike that can be enterd by canoe and portaging it
Yeah lesson learned: a little flask goes a long way on a hike! That's the other great thing about backcountry camping (via hike, canoe, etc.) there are more places in North America than you could camp in ten lifetimes... No chance of getting bored of the scenery!
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I do martial arts...

What would I like to do when I have more time?

Mountain bike, fishing, wakeboarding, jetskiing, surfing, sky diving...


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Recently, I've gotten in to mountain biking and I've done competitive bodybuilding for 17 years. I'd like to get in to hiking this spring and summer.
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Road cycling, mountain biking and golf keep me busy the rest of the year.


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