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What motivates you?

Post by PrestonSands » Sep 29 2014 12:50 pm

What motivates you in choosing your next hike or other outdoor activity? I'm not referring to your everyday, local "workout" hike, but something bigger. Do you seek out new places to explore simply for the thrill of adventure, or do you feel driven to complete a certain goal (like hiking the Arizona Trail, for example)? Perhaps you live in the moment and go for whatever sounds good at the time? Or is it something else entirely?
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by garyc57 » Sep 29 2014 12:58 pm

To see things I've never seen, to go places I've never been. To enjoy the out-of-doors, and to stop and hear the quiet!

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by chumley » Sep 29 2014 1:27 pm

I just go to places where I can get new pins on my haz map. ;)
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by winotron » Sep 29 2014 1:48 pm

Mainly to get away from other people. :) And of course the scenery. If it's not a local hike I'm usually more concerned with the scenery than if I'm getting a workout or not.

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by The_Eagle » Sep 29 2014 2:59 pm

chumley wrote:I just go to places where I can get new pins
So is that called HAZ Flair?
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by Al_HikesAZ » Sep 29 2014 3:55 pm

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to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by The_Eagle » Sep 29 2014 5:13 pm

@skillpore
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by SpiderLegs » Sep 29 2014 6:28 pm

I usually split my hikes/trail runs in half. Half the time I am trying to see how much faster I can run and/or hike a trail that I've already done. Half the time I try to find something new to do and explore. Either way the end result is that I seem to clear my head from a week's worth of work, electronic device overload or general life BS.
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by big_load » Sep 29 2014 7:18 pm

I want to use up all the fun before it's too late.

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by PhilMW » Sep 29 2014 8:09 pm

For me it's a few things. It's about getting away from the noise of "civilization." It's to find and explore new places. It's to live out the adventurous spirit. It's to reflect and look into my own life to see where I am in life, where I've been, and Where I'm headed.

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by gummo » Sep 30 2014 8:11 am

I hike because I don't have tv. But what really motivates me is showing people how special and beautiful wildlife is thru photography in hopes of people wanting to preserve and protect it. I want to open people's eyes and mind up to the world beyond the concrete. Often, I try to challenge their beliefs that wildlife should be feared and avoided. I come from an area of the world (Pennsylvania) where wildlife is removed or killed regularly by yahoos who think it's okay to selfishly kill anything if that they don't like. They often think that they are doing a public service when in fact they are robbing others who want to see and enjoy native species. I figured that if I continually fortify the internet with snakes, spiders, and other feared critters, that the view would grow to appreciate them and may desire to see them in the wild.

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by BobP » Sep 30 2014 11:38 am

I'm not entirely sure but....presumably for the memories and leaving without a trace :)
Oh...and to educate people on Geology ;)
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by skatchkins » Sep 30 2014 11:52 am

Photos and seeing something new or differently.
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by PatrickL » Sep 30 2014 12:17 pm

Seeing new places and more challenging hikes. Every hike is training for the next. The more endurance I have, the more I can do and see. It's a cycle.

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by chumley » Sep 30 2014 12:56 pm

I'm motivated by the goodies I stash in the cooler at the trailhead. Always makes me finish quicker. :)
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by imike » Sep 30 2014 1:49 pm

baseline; off and away in a celebration of movement...

Secondary: the joy of simple moment, away... sitting on bedrock slabs, encountering animals... the surprise of aesthetics around a new corner.

...and... the wonder of age and effort; challenging self and exploring and discovering self in and through the efforts...
and... in a small way, the social moments.

It is enough to get me out the door now for seven hikes a week.
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by RedRoxx44 » Sep 30 2014 3:34 pm

At this time in my life the out doors world is who I am.

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Re: What motivates you?

Post by SpiderLegs » Sep 30 2014 8:42 pm

chumley wrote:I'm motivated by the goodies I stash in the cooler at the trailhead. Always makes me finish quicker. :)
I'm quite a fan of the goodies stashed in your cooler as well.
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by Jim_H » Sep 30 2014 8:56 pm

Sometimes I like to have that feeling of being in the moment on a great fun hike, and sometimes it's the AEG. Being in the moment is rarer, but much more fun.
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Re: What motivates you?

Post by Trishness » Sep 30 2014 9:38 pm

Just being away from everything and everyone
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