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A technophile who also loves the outdoors, reads EdwardAbbey (especially in the SW USA), and does not hesitate to throw his pale, sometimes atrophied, limbs onto a mountain trail.


What percentage of geeks would classify themselves as OutdoorGeeks? Personally, I find something very rewarding in hiking through miles of forest and mountain, camping in all conditions (though warmer and drier conditions are generally preferable), or even merely taking a Sunday afternoon drive with the windows rolled down to admire the fall foliage. I'm just starting to grok climbing; haven't had much experience in that vein. Kayaking rates fairly high on my list, as well. -- anon.

I'd say that about 63% of me would classify myself as an OutdoorGeek. -- DanielAborg?

'Outside Geek' makes me think of surfer-dude-script-kiddies, of which I suppose they exist since the digital age even reached the surfer's paradises of the world. Anyway, since ExtremeProgramming re-enters leisure time in a geek's life, sports and/or exercise should be considered to fill that time. -- StijnSanders

Can't guess on percent, but I'll add my vote for the outdoors. Hiking. Climbing. The hotter the weather the better. Camping in colder weather (50 degrees F is cold - I love Texas :-). Mostly I go bouldering, since it avoids having to coordinate schedules with enough people to belay each other, and you don't have to worry about your rope cooking in the car while you're at work all day. -- ErikDeBill

I climb, but that's about it. Although I quite like outdoors, I need a reason to go there. -- DaveHarris

I guess I get to be the one pure IndoorGeek?? I remember reading one of the earlier articles about computer-hackers (long before the "geek" phenomenon became known). The article described windowless buildings where people would program for 24 hours or more and completely lose track of time. It sounded like heaven to me. I was in 7th grade, and had only about 2 hours per *week* of access to the school's computer--a TRS-80 Model I (with Level-II BASIC, thank goodness!). I finally got my own VIC-20 computer the next year after nearly two years of saving. For awhile my only voluntary contact with "outside" was my newspaper delivery job (which let me save enough for toys like a super-expander cartridge ($70 for about 4K RAM and extended-BASIC commands) and a floppy disk drive (180+ Kilobytes! How will I ever fill that up?!?)).

My biggest "outside" problem is with that big bright hot sun-thing in the sky--I get sunburned if I do much more than think about going outside. Sunscreen lotion helps, but I also need to wear a hat and I hate hats. Night is much nicer, but it's too dark then. I'll have to talk with the Lighting department... --CliffordAdams (once "3583 BASIC BYTES FREE", now with 48 GB under his desk)

I'm a ambivalent geek. I grew up in the middle of a forest, so I must actually go outside every day. However, I spent a lot of time basement dwelling, so I'm not as outdoorsy as I'd like to be. Some weeks I spend a lot of time outside skating, other weeks (like this one) I spend indoors a lot working. When I get chances to do things outside in the natural environment, I take them. Now that I have a car (it sucks living in a city sometimes), I want to take up cross-country skiing again when I get enough money, time, snow, and friends of a similar feather. -- SunirShah

Hiking in the Swiss mountains is great. I don't do it often, though. I enjoy walking through the city, day or night, by the lake, the river, the red light district, the big shopping alleys. Zuerich is the place to be. I feel bad behind my monitor if the sun is out. I code when it rains, when the wind blows, when temperatures drop. The best time to code is between midnight and 5am. --AlexSchroeder

I'm an outdoor nerd. (Coming from MITland, I'm a nerd, not a geek.) Hiking is a great pastime, including backpacking or day trips into the desert or high mountains or whatever. I'm definitely a "mountain sports" fan, where that could mean hiking in the mojave desert just as much as a mountain. Lakes and rivers and oceans are pretty, but don't offer any real recreational opportunities. :) They are fun places to hike to though. --ThomasBushnellBSG

I love the outdoors, and moving to Arizona has been phenomenal. This state has everything. The wife, kids and I jump in the mini-van every weekend and explore yet another picturesque corner of this awesome state. --MikePence

Hey, what's that BigBlueRoom I see through the transparent bit of wall behind me? --JohnAbbe


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