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2012 Backcountry Gear Haiku Contest

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in our Backcountry Gear Haiku contest. Now meet the winners who won $500 from Backcountry.com.

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9:50 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
apgarcold


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

Twelfth moon is passing

minerals fall to patterns

weighed by my wet sleeves

3 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

6:09 p.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
andrew f. @leadbelly2550


Joined: Feb 7, 2007
Posts: 2579

Sweaty forehead kiss

On my sunburned neck tells me

My boy is asleep. 

16 votes Thank you for voting!

10 comments

5:38 p.m. on April 27, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

Give me a break ‘cause

My speachification sucks

Can’t count sillybles

Ed

1 vote Thank you for voting!

9 comments

8:11 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
erikeichinger


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 2

Late afternoon naps

Comfy sleep on mother earth

I love my Neo Air

9 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

10:05 a.m. on April 29, 2012 (EDT)
Tollermom


Joined: Apr 28, 2012
Posts: 34

Atop. All smiles.

Beneath soles of hiking boots

Many miles of dirt.

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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10:05 a.m. on April 29, 2012 (EDT)
Tollermom


Joined: Apr 28, 2012
Posts: 34

Atop. All smiles. Beneath soles of hiking boots Many miles of dirt.

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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3:31 p.m. on April 18, 2012 (EDT)
outdoor librarian


Joined: Apr 18, 2012
Posts: 2

Kayak here's the deal

Shelter my possessions please

I will guide you home

 

19 votes Thank you for voting!

6 comments

6:12 a.m. on April 5, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

Bad dysentery

Mummy bag with stuck zipper

My fate was sealed!

2 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

6:24 p.m. on April 9, 2012 (EDT)
FromSagetoSnow


Joined: Mar 18, 2010
Posts: 1842

Having an epic,

My jacket, more like a sponge.

Soft-shell has no shell.

3 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

3:39 a.m. on April 16, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

Flutter, flap, and warp.

My tent and wind conspire

To steal all my sleep.

10 votes Thank you for voting!

4 comments

4:35 p.m. on April 17, 2012 (EDT)
Westbrook0


Joined: Apr 17, 2012
Posts: 15

Footsteps crashing down

Bear spray whipped out from my pack

Squirrel makes me clown

11 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

2:28 p.m. on April 26, 2012 (EDT)
qualay


Joined: Apr 26, 2012
Posts: 1

 rain pings on the tent

a welcome change from the heat

day seven begins

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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11:17 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7


beautifully spent
shining sun fades to moon's glow
my cocoon beckons

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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10:43 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7


First backpacking trip.
Our anniversary date.
My new obsession.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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8:26 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
mtn mama


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 1

Guiding at-risk kids.

God bless the Thermarest, but

I'll never sleep well.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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4:29 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
The Wizz


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 3

Rain, snow, wind or sun.

Every day is outdoors play

Cohort of delight

1 vote Thank you for voting!

1 comment

10:45 a.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
naturedeb1


Joined: Apr 20, 2012
Posts: 3

Held in special way

Live to tell another day

Thanks to the belay

21 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

4:27 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
The Wizz


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 3

Relative

Clouds and drizzly rain

Waterproof gear and a smile

Warm hearts sans the sun

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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3:41 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7

prancing 'round her pack
the excitment is building
first hike of the spring

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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12:56 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
+Madderson+


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 1

Sunburnt nose, sore toes, Stinky sweat-soaked underclothes; So the season goes.

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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12:08 p.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
Psyentist


Joined: Feb 29, 2012
Posts: 5

I breathe air and drink water

Pack on my back, I walk

What I need, I will find

3 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

8:39 a.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
Grady Says


Joined: Apr 19, 2012
Posts: 3

Lighter load I thought
Bright skies sneer at waterproofs
What a fool I drip

14 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

11:14 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
jersey joe


Joined: Apr 18, 2012
Posts: 1

My love is to hike

Journeyed from Georgia to Maine

My dream was fulfilled

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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10:56 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
tam1852


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 137

To survive is to prepare for when it comes you have no care.

 for you for saw what they did not, they let disaster be their lot!

This is dedicated to the New Trilitary Pac I designed. It is a backpack hammock tent all in one that flips over into a tent below that is carried by backpack straps or a detachable bullet proof vest. It also has a pull out hat out of the back of the back pack and the hat has slots to hold tripod camping stool legs.

I am becoming a paid member as soon as figure out how too LOL

 

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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10:23 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
Levi Novey


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 1

With no sight to see

map and compass help seekers

locate Carl Ross Key

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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10:23 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
wingsovertx


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 1

Not aware of feet

Wearing a new pair of socks

Brings fresh perspective

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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8:34 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
techinabox


Joined: Dec 28, 2010
Posts: 15

all of a sudden
dash, the bear is in the camp
the knife is out, game is on

((Please Note: I do not condone any sort of violence against animals or knife fighting bears.))

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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6:59 a.m. on April 5, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

A flash of brilliance

My brow is singed down to nubs

I hate priming stoves!

7 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

6:56 a.m. on April 5, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

I stare forlornly

My broken shovel mocks me

From soiled cat hole…

7 votes Thank you for voting!

3 comments

2:01 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7

Some girls get diamonds.
My underquilt for Christmas!
Hammock is complete.

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:28 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7


the sun has risen
dew is sparkling on the ferns
my shoes hit the trail

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:26 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7


Unloading the packs.
Dark chocolate and red wine.
I love my husband.

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:10 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
island*gardener


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 7

First overnight hike
I slept on the the cold, hard ground.
Love my new hammock.

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:10 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
BlueMorpho


Joined: Apr 25, 2012
Posts: 1

Rain Pacific rain

Warm Corcorvado sunrise

Wet clothes, rugged bliss

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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12:08 a.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
TOPE1


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1

Soon, the gears set out
To contribute his own part
As the rain stands by

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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9:14 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
kms


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1

My CamelBak rocks

On hiking trails or my bike.

My constant sidekick.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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8:12 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Trish


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1

Crouching cushion of mossy messengers

Make silent my intrusive footsteps

Leaves crackle and chortle!

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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8:05 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Addnature2


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1

Look, great rock ahead. Don't delay, time to belay. Yeah, Evolv Bandit!

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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6:27 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
ldawg93


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1

Loaded with my gear

River-bound trail now squishy

Oh man, please be mud.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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5:19 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
nhaefele


Joined: Apr 24, 2012
Posts: 1

 

 

Trusty hiking poles

Lend support both up and down

trails of sliding rocks

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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5:09 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Juniper Tree


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 6

Your hand plant - cactus!

I tweeze out fifty-six spines,

Grateful for my kit.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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4:41 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Juniper Tree


Joined: Apr 10, 2012
Posts: 6

Wrestling and wrenching,

Crushed out of shape -  no longer!

Oh, perfect sports bra.

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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2:31 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
nuttylikesquirrelpoo


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

refrigerator.

i love to hike in nepal.

hippopotamus.

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:50 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

Adding fat layers
should have made the ground more soft
Still need a ground pad

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:44 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

'Apline designs' bag 
Faded colors and smelly
still keeps me too warm

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:40 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

Forty years ago
I bought my first backpack stove
I still use it now

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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1:26 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

tossing a fly out
enticing a fish to strike
too darned fast for me

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:12 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

Moose is on the trail
not likely to move for me
I will go around

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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1:06 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

Nature finds her home
in the comment from my son
"Dad, This is so cool!"

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:00 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
Popparex


Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 10

Around the next bend
or over the next hilltop
MUST be our campsite

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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5:59 p.m. on April 20, 2012 (EDT)
skyemo


Joined: Aug 9, 2011
Posts: 1

On the pebbled Trail…

Space fills with sounds of new boots

Trees nod in cadence.

8 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

5:46 p.m. on April 4, 2012 (EDT)
FromSagetoSnow


Joined: Mar 18, 2010
Posts: 1842

I got five stitches.

A rock hit me in the head.

Helmets are cheaper.

10 votes Thank you for voting!

3 comments

1:44 a.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
swampcricket


Joined: Sep 21, 2010
Posts: 1

Its been five more years

Another five thousand miles

With gear all the same

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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1:20 a.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
michaelteak


Joined: Apr 8, 2012
Posts: 4

My ultralight gear

Tent, sleeping bag, stove, backpack

And now my wallet

4 votes Thank you for voting!

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2:56 a.m. on April 8, 2012 (EDT)
michaelteak


Joined: Apr 8, 2012
Posts: 4

Bladder’s gonna burst

Far too cold to leave the tent

Hmmm, empty Nalgene...

6 votes Thank you for voting!

3 comments

11:14 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
lilygirl404


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

Weary shoulders kissed

Brown leather boots worn by years

Sunburnt cheeks held high

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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10:59 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
Dr. J


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

solid paddle out

calm while we wait together

drop in and ride on

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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9:00 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
haydencarpenter


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

Barefoot by the fire

My socks stand up on their own

That's hard work you smell

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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6:08 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
kmerlo


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 3

The sky calls my name;

Step-by-step, I learn the trail.

Only to descend.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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6:06 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
kmerlo


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 3

The scent of laundry;

Day hikers are approaching.

Ew - we must smell gross!

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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5:59 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
kmerlo


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 3

Long day; many miles.

Mmm, a waft of the privy!

Finally! We made it!

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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6:49 p.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
secondtopaul


Joined: Nov 6, 2008
Posts: 14

Backpacks and sizing:

Why you never fit? Too big.

Too small.  Shoulders hurt.

0 votes Thank you for voting!

6 comments

2:37 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
k8tsqueaks


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 2

Camelbak, Nalgene

is quite necessary as

my bottle of Beam


2 votes Thank you for voting!

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2:28 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
Rachor


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

Though slip and slimey

The outdoor trails wander

Dry my toes-ies stay

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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2:28 p.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
k8tsqueaks


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 2

pockets, zippers, straps

it is weird the connection

I have to my pack

6 votes Thank you for voting!

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11:34 a.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
jdw


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 6

we gotta do some more backpacking

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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4:57 p.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
FromSagetoSnow


Joined: Mar 18, 2010
Posts: 1842

"What do we do now?"

Hungry, sitting in wet down

"Well, now we suffer."

6 votes Thank you for voting!

3 comments

12:04 p.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
Psyentist


Joined: Feb 29, 2012
Posts: 5

Give the wild your heart

Your cup is full

Nature is purpose

1 vote Thank you for voting!

2 comments

2:57 a.m. on April 10, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

Half asleep I drink

From pee bottle by mistake

A foul tang, rank taste

6 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

8:14 a.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

I’m so exhausted

Nod off into the fire

Singed balaclava

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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7:41 a.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
Bookworm


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 1

The hiking hankie/ Wipes brow,nose...cools when wet/ A fashion statement

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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1:14 a.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
zissou


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 2

Each piece gets its chance

in nutmeg-flecked sweat and stray

strings of spider webs.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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1:08 a.m. on April 23, 2012 (EDT)
zissou


Joined: Apr 23, 2012
Posts: 2

She told me it smelled

like some chipmunk died inside

but I love these boots.

8 votes Thank you for voting!

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11:45 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
TreeBranch


Joined: Dec 29, 2011
Posts: 2

 

Mummy Bag, Zipped Tight,

Hungry Bear Seeks Midnight Bite:

Wiggle, Crunch - Goodnight!

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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11:27 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
stephchach


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

Daypack hefted high, 

Bearing headlamp, hard cheese, and 

Mountain-top vino.

4 votes Thank you for voting!

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11:20 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
stephchach


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

No powder too deep,

Or snowfall too oppressive.

With snowshoes, delight!

4 votes Thank you for voting!

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11:19 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
stephchach


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

Mummy bag packs down

Small and light. Cozy, fluffy,

Downy heaven. ‘Night.

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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10:57 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
TreeBranch


Joined: Dec 29, 2011
Posts: 2

 

Tent, Backpack, Down Bag;

Exploring The Wilderness -

I'm Finally Home.

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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9:41 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
AZTrailStumblr


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 1

A grin on my face

Sun and shelter on my back

Arizona Trail

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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9:11 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
mitigwaki


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

MSR Fury!

You kept me dry onthe mountain

I miss you at night

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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9:00 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
mitigwaki


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

No food or coffee

Hoist my fifty five pound pack

Patagonia

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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7:38 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
erikeichinger


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 2

Natural beauty

Can surround and amaze me

When shoulders don't hurt

 

9 votes Thank you for voting!

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7:15 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
tikijim


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 2

Illumination/ from my forehead enlightens/ my path to potty.

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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6:58 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
tikijim


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 2

Harsh winds blow my way/ pushing me to my limits./ My shell laughs it off.

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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3:47 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
apeman


Joined: Jan 14, 2011
Posts: 1426

Waterfalls so near

In Keen's tread to close I fear

slip,the moss..........oh dear!

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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3:46 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
niqnaq


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

O Carabiner,

Where would I be without you?

Probably stranded. 

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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3:44 p.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
niqnaq


Joined: Apr 22, 2012
Posts: 3

Backpack, you're The One.

We were made for each other.

You hold me just right.

0 votes Thank you for voting!

1 comment

7:59 a.m. on April 22, 2012 (EDT)
MontagueBob


Joined: Mar 10, 2012
Posts: 3

Gerry Cunningham,

Left our camp much too early

His pack is now mine.

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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6:58 p.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
Islandfever


Joined: Apr 21, 2012
Posts: 1

Backcountry dot com

Fleece, wool, poly, down, nylon

Trail running, dirt fun

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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2:06 p.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
doggymcnuggets


Joined: Jun 17, 2009
Posts: 60

Homemade walking sticks

Sailing leaf boats on a creek

Blade of grass whistle

4 votes Thank you for voting!

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3:51 p.m. on April 14, 2012 (EDT)
doggymcnuggets


Joined: Jun 17, 2009
Posts: 60

Dawn...woods come to life

I lie in my tent silent

Home away from home

14 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

11:31 a.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
karmantra


Joined: Apr 26, 2006
Posts: 105

N,S,E or W?

SPOT, PLB

or a GPS?

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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11:28 a.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
apeman


Joined: Jan 14, 2011
Posts: 1426

I took a good book

Into a Dana NUK-TUK

That's pitched by a brook

2 votes Thank you for voting!

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6:28 a.m. on April 15, 2012 (EDT)
whomeworry


Joined: Mar 16, 2010
Posts: 3601

The embers are warm

The flask makes another round

It’s late but who cares

8 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

7:55 a.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
Strahwk


Joined: Jul 7, 2010
Posts: 18

Back to sweet nature,

I wipe with cool leafy greens.

Nature not so sweet...

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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1:42 a.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
B-groupLizard


Joined: Jan 13, 2007
Posts: 22

Store advertising

Must buy perfect gear! I nod:

Sharp mind, fit body.

1 vote Thank you for voting!

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1:39 a.m. on April 21, 2012 (EDT)
B-groupLizard


Joined: Jan 13, 2007
Posts: 22

Adrift and astray

Wandering hither and yon.

Forgot the compass.

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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7:58 p.m. on April 20, 2012 (EDT)
Mapache


Joined: Mar 8, 2011
Posts: 2

Hanging with the breeze

a spot where no tent could pitch.

my homemade hammock

3 votes Thank you for voting!

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6:45 p.m. on April 19, 2012 (EDT)
RBryanP


Joined: Apr 22, 2011
Posts: 14

Hiking With Boy Scouts

Is sometimes Like Herding Cats

GET AWAY FROM LEDGE!!!

4 votes Thank you for voting!

2 comments

4:50 p.m. on April 20, 2012 (EDT)
jeff d


Joined: Apr 20, 2012
Posts: 1

Unroll. Deep breath, puff.

Home away from home bedding

worth its weight in gold...

0 votes Thank you for voting!

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