Due to my job I get /out/ much less often than i like. What is your preferred method of living vicariously?
Personally I really like reading gear reviews. I watch thru hiking vlogs. Movies like Jerramiah Johnson, old westerns, Planet Earth series, and pretty much all the stuff from the /out/ related movies thread are good too. Don't read much /out/ related books, prefer lifestyle books about minimalism or philosophy ect, but I've read a good chunk of Walden, and ive read cannot into the wild, and Wild, lol. And also I browse this board even though it's less than ideal.
Hey /out/ just wanting to start getting into backpacking and looking at gear. Is my best bet to save money to learn how to use a tarp? As a beginner has anyone done that and did it work? Did you prepare before hand?
How do I convince my gf to use this thing while out? Ffs every time we hike she spends hours on finding a place to pee, because she can't hide behind a tree by squating, she has to go for fucking miles away and I'm getting sick looking for our backpacks waiting for her and worring if has she been eaten by a puma or bear. Another nasty thing is when she pees outdoors her urine is flowing like a fountain all over her butt cheeks and pussy, soaking her pubes, and then she uses a napkin to wipe that shit, and you know, it barely works, because by the end of the day when we're in our tent that shit stinks and I can't get hard and she gets pissed off ruining vacation, I tried to tell her to buy that thing but she went berserk saying I oppress her identity and all that shit.
So I'm really having hard times dealing with her issues and don't really know how to approach her, what do I do guys?
Alright /out/ I hiked in these used Austrian army combat boots I got for $30. I just got back from a two night/three day hike where I covered a modest 22miles. I had roughly a 35lb pack and was in fairly rugged terrain (no flat areas, some decent scrambles up and down). It rained for a few hours both mornings I was out and I had one unavoidable stream crossing where I left my boots on.
Here's my short review, questions and disquss if ya want.
I'm a 11/11.5 so I got a 44 (euro sizes). They were a little big, but fit ok with big socks. Wore them around for a few weeks. Figured out a comfortable lacing for them. Took them to my uncle's farm and rode horses/shot guns/did country things in them for a weekend and felt confident enough to make a go of them.
Before I left I did two things. I soaked them in hot water (some boiled in a kettle, but also just hot from tap in bath) to shrink them a little. Also polished them.
Went hiking expecting a need to turn back. Left my usual hiking footwear in car. Brought 1 extra pair of similar thickness socks, 1 pair of nylon dress socks (as liners) but never used them. & 1 pair extra super thick sleeping socks which barely fit in the boot (also never used for hiking).
Tbh, they were pretty comfy. The soles left a little to be desired- even if they were new- I can't imagine the tread pattern doing well on slippery rocks/logs. I dumped out the water after the stream crossing (dunno if that matters). All in all pretty good. Thinking about chopping down the boot because I don't lace the top two eyelets. Also- the back heel of the right boot split a little. I'm going to use my upholstery needle and some floss + shoe goo to fix it, but kinda sucks- we'll see how it turns out.