Debate: Is Camping A Sport?

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by scubacamper, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Un-Supported Member

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    So the lantern was attacked.
     
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    It's a life style activity that can include sports...
     
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    That's what I was going to say!
     
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    SPORTS! :shocked: Phew.....If Camping was classified as a Sport, I would have given it up long before I even started.

    Any outdoor activities I partake in, the word Sport is NOT allowed! That requires the wasting of too much useful energy, especially camping energy [LOL]
     
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    A sport is an activity that usually involves making other folks feel inferior (directly or indirectly)
     
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    Yeah, I'll give you that. There is definitely for some people, whether directly or indirectly, a "Pecking Order", associated within the Sport of Camping! To each their own! Just enjoy what you have!
     
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    Rik Peery Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Dang dude, if sports activities makes people feel inferior, then I'd gander to say they got other issues...what about those of us not talented enough to join an orchestra, or sing opera, should we feel inferior, or maybe just enjoy the talents & skills of others w/out feeling mentally compromised & seek counseling lol. Pretty sure everybody now gets a participation trophy...
     
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    orchestra aint a sport :)

    golf is

    anything with one or more losers is for sure a sport
     
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    Camping is a sport. A Zen sort of one, but a sport none the less.
    You buy new gear for it. Prepare for it. Have a strategy. Learn/hone/improve certain skills.
    Sport can be very personal --- there doesn't need to be competition.
    I'm usually 2 pounds lighter after a long weekend camping -- and I'm not overweight to begin with. I've come home 10 pounds lighter after a 2 week camping trip.

    Golf is not a sport. Golf is a good walk ruined. All persons engaged in a round of golf are losers, money and time losers.
    Most pointless time diversion ever....
     
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    According to Meriam Webster
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sport

    Sport. noun

    1 : physical activity (as running or an athletic game) engaged in for pleasure or exercise Skating is my favorite sport.


    Thus while there are definitions of sport, sports, sporting that includes a competitive component, it is not absolutely necessary. Camping typically is quite physical, and engaged in for pleasure.

    Therefore, your bride is incorrect in her assertion.
     
  11. Tarkus

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    Of course it's a sport.

    It's sporting to beat the camper mice.
    It's sporting to beat the traffic to the next camp ground.
    It's sporting to race past the big rig that's climbing too slow through the mountain pass.
    It's sporting when the brakes give out on the downhill portion of the mountain pass.
    It's sporting to get the popup setup before the weather hits hardest.
    It's sporting to get the popup taken down as the weather hits hardest.

    I'm just getting warmed up here...
     
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    TARKUS; eh!

    is someone showing his age? As post-grad students wife and I used to play this full volume while double person bathing in an old huge claw foot tub nearby. The house was condemned, it cost $13 per week to rent in 1974-5.
     
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  13. Mark CASTELLANI

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    my comments in RED when it comes to Setting Up and Breaking Camp

    sport
    [spôrt]
    NOUN
    1. an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
      "team sports such as baseball and soccer" ·
      DW finds my physical exertion and "skill" [ahem ahem] quite the entertainment... she say's she finds me funny... she says that everytime she looks at me, she just laughs and laughs
    2. a person who behaves in a good or specified way in response to teasing, defeat, or a similarly trying situation.
    "go on, be a sport!" ·
    "if it doesn't fit, get a bigger hammer"...see #3, below

    3. biology
    an animal or plant showing abnormal or striking variation from the parent type, especially in form or color, as a result of spontaneous mutation.
    Bruce Banner... need I say more?

    Happy Trails!
     
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    #LanternLivesMatter
     
  15. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Personally when I backpacked I would call that a sport. The art of packing the bag with everything to survive with and still keep it light enough, hiking miles on foot to a campsite just barely big enough to put a tiny tent with no one around for miles. Starting a fire with nothing other than a light hatchet, waterproof matches and your skill. Attempting to cook food over a small fire that is taking forever to really get going due to the little damp wood you found on the ground. Car and RV camping I don't call a sport but a hobby that allows you more time to rest and relax. Where hiking only on day trips with a comfortable bed, warm clothes, and hot water are waiting for you back at camp. My backpacking days are long since gone and honestly didn't do it much to begin with due to the work, effort involved with, in my mind, little enjoyment. I very much prefer it as a hobby. Where I'm not working so hard just to survive and only working to have fun.
     
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    Mark CASTELLANI Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt...
    I suppose that the "sport/competition " of back-packing was against my BUDS... who packed the lightest?... who packed the "RIGHT" stuff?... "HA HA...I'm set, so sad to be you"... NOT that I was EVER on the "loosing" end, mind you (yeah sure LOL)

    Happy Trails!
     
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  17. Mark CASTELLANI

    Mark CASTELLANI Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Ah... memories... I remember when i got my first set of poly... my first internal frame pack... game changers!... but, I'm fond of my old ALICE

    Happy Trails!
     

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