You can say "go camping", meaning light trip outdoors, more like a picnic. By what about serious trips across tundra or some uninhabited land, with a heavy backpack?

In short, is there a word for "hard trip outdoors"?

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    You might want to ask on [our Great Outdoors Stack Exchange site](outdoors.stackexchange.com) - they would know first hand. Also I wouldn't ever consider going on a picnic to be camping. You will find varied definitions of this by region and experience, it isn't universal. – corsiKa Sep 19 '14 at 16:43
  • I have to agree, camping implies that you will be setting up camp. As in you're going to be spending at least a night out. A picnic hardly counts. – J A Terroba Sep 19 '14 at 18:48
  • Picnics definitely do not qualify as camping. – curiousdannii Aug 17 '16 at 14:35




All of these words are applicable to a difficult trip.

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    I'm much more in favor of the first two than the third option. "Adventure" isn't wrong, but it could be used to describe a day at an amusement park just as easily as it could refer to heavy-duty hiking. – J.R. Sep 19 '14 at 12:52
  • @JR They all require the camping context. An expedition or trek could just as easily be a drive from NY to LA. – corsiKa Sep 19 '14 at 16:44

Back-woods camping

roughing it

If the trip is indeed a back packing trip, then backpacking is a good word.

Perhaps "wilderness camping"

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    +1 for "roughing it"; that has the "serious effort, no-frills" sense (no car, no pre-made campsites, nothing that you don't pack in (and out again), etc.) – Hellion Sep 19 '14 at 15:39

"backpacking" is probably the right word here - your context seems to imply carrying all your living supplies and setting up camp in places other than designated campgrounds.

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    Backpacking is also used by people that indeed put all their stuff in a backpack, but travel from hostel to hostel, while the greatest physical challenge they are likely to encounter during their trip is (over)consumption of alcohol. – oerkelens Sep 19 '14 at 12:29
  • @oerkelens Yes, always thought of backpacking as of "unofficial travelers". But it's still mostly about travelling throught cities and civilization. I am talking more about outdoor/countryside trips. – Denis Kulagin Sep 19 '14 at 12:34
  • When I first went hiking with a backpack (20+miles per day, for two weeks), I called it backpacking. That is long ago. Now, when you mention backpacking, people (at least around where I am) associate it with youngsters trying to get as much fun, sun and drinks for as little money as possible :) – oerkelens Sep 19 '14 at 12:37
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    This discussion shows that this word – like so many others – can mean different things to different audiences. That's just the way English works. – J.R. Sep 19 '14 at 12:50
  • @J.R. As does any other language. – gerrit Sep 19 '14 at 19:05

"Backcountry" camping is what I would use to describe remote or hike-to camping. It's also the terminology used by the U.S. National Park Service to describe their hike-to, "backcountry campsites". It doesn't suffer the same ambiguity as "backpacking," which could also describe almost any kind of traveling where you carry everything in a backpack.

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Backcountry or wilderness camping are the terms used by the National Parks Service in the US.

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This is often known as Yomping.

This term is used for an arduous journey on foot across wild territory.
The word was originally a slang term from the British Royal Marines but came into wider use in the 1980s as the Marines famously yomped across the Falkland Islands.

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    Interesting. I think this might be a BrE word. I don't recall hearing it before today. (I hope you don't mind me adding a link, so the curious can go learn more.) – J.R. Sep 19 '14 at 12:54

Bivouac might be what you're looking for. It generally involves little to no cover, so it might be a terrible idea in the Tundra!

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