Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has the key to my head (more on this in a moment).
When I’m backpacking or hiking I have an inner soundtrack that plays in my mind. Since I can readily recall and play music it in my head I don’t need to take an MP3 player when I’m on the trail. I find it’s better that way; no extra weight, no batteries or recharging involved, plus I can hit pause at will.
If music could express how I feel about backpacking, here are some significant pieces from my playlist which stand out:
When I was climbing summits on the Long Trail in Vermont, or venturing along scenic ridge-lines: Soundtrack to “The Last Valley,” by John Barry.
When I’m stepping through deep, dark forests: Overture to “Parsifal” by Wagner.
Want to get inside of my hiker’s head? Well, the piece of music to describe my passion for the Appalachian Trail would be: Cello Concerto in A minor, by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
I want you to perform an experiment. Sit back, relax, close your eyes, and listen to the feeling and passion behind this music.
There — you’ve just seen inside my hiker’s head!