Month: December 2019

Beginner hiking/camping trip ideas on a budget?

A couple friends and I (college students) are looking at taking a trip ideally somewhere out west like zion or bryce canyon, grand canyon, grand teton, etc. for graduation. problem is we are from OH and know next to nothing about these areas. i’ve been camping/hiking around hocking hills OH, new river gorge WV, and some areas in tennessee, usually for a weekend, and i was in boy scouts so i have some experience. Never done something so far away or as intense as we are looking at this time though.
What would be a good place to go for ~4 days to experience the beauty of the west, and be able to go on long hikes with camping/photo opportunities, not stay in a hotel and just go out for a few hours each day?
probably looking to fly and then rent a car to drive somewhere as we don’t fancy day long car rides… would also prefer to go somewhere that doesn’t get bombarded by hordes of tourists…
any ideas and tips are greatly appreciated as I have some decent experience with the outdoor..

A couple friends and I (college students) are looking at taking a trip ideally somewhere out west like zion or bryce canyon, grand canyon, grand teton, etc. for graduation. problem is we are from OH and know next to nothing about these areas. i’ve been camping/hiking around hocking hills OH, new river gorge WV, and some areas in tennessee, usually for a weekend, and i was in boy scouts so i have some experience. Never done something so far away or as intense as we are looking at this time though.

What would be a good place to go for ~4 days to experience the beauty of the west, and be able to go on long hikes with camping/photo opportunities, not stay in a hotel and just go out for a few hours each day?

probably looking to fly and then rent a car to drive somewhere as we don’t fancy day long car rides… would also prefer to go somewhere that doesn’t get bombarded by hordes of tourists…

any ideas and tips are greatly appreciated as I have some decent experience with the outdoors from childhood but never planned a trip like this myself. Thanks!

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Back at it with my boys 6 and 5. 2.7 mile hike!Cascade falls trail, Patapsco valley state park, MD, USA

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Backpacking and food in Scotland

Hey,
I'm new to the subreddit so just correct me if this is the wrong kind place to post this.
Me and a friend are planning to backpack both the West highland Way and then the Cape Wrath Trail. We're relatively experienced, but currently are concerned about food. We don't have any car between us and are struggling to see any good places to stock up on supplies and food.
If anyone in this sub has any experience about these routes, is there any tips to keeping fed without needing a bus back to Fort William every five days?
Thank You
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Hey,

I'm new to the subreddit so just correct me if this is the wrong kind place to post this.

Me and a friend are planning to backpack both the West highland Way and then the Cape Wrath Trail. We're relatively experienced, but currently are concerned about food. We don't have any car between us and are struggling to see any good places to stock up on supplies and food.

If anyone in this sub has any experience about these routes, is there any tips to keeping fed without needing a bus back to Fort William every five days?

Thank You

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Best publisher for field guides to our national parks? falcon guide? moon? etc

There's a lot of options out there for hiking guides, so far I've bought a few that have been decent but they are all laid of very different. I haven't *loved* the layout of moon so far but it isn't bad for general vacation planning either. There's a lot of options and I'm wondering what you guys like best for hiking-focused books (and why). I would prefer a book that gives info on day hikes and multi-day routes as I'm privy to both but I'm not opposed to books focused on day-hikes, because we do end up day-hiking more often than camping. I'm inquiring on the different publication sources because I'd prefer to just pick one format and stick to it. I gifted a book to a friend recently that was falcon guide and it looked very handy, but didn't thoroughly get to read through it. Right now I've got an assortment and each book I've got is a different source so it makes navigating the books a little more time consuming since th..

There's a lot of options out there for hiking guides, so far I've bought a few that have been decent but they are all laid of very different. I haven't *loved* the layout of moon so far but it isn't bad for general vacation planning either. There's a lot of options and I'm wondering what you guys like best for hiking-focused books (and why). I would prefer a book that gives info on day hikes and multi-day routes as I'm privy to both but I'm not opposed to books focused on day-hikes, because we do end up day-hiking more often than camping. I'm inquiring on the different publication sources because I'd prefer to just pick one format and stick to it. I gifted a book to a friend recently that was falcon guide and it looked very handy, but didn't thoroughly get to read through it. Right now I've got an assortment and each book I've got is a different source so it makes navigating the books a little more time consuming since the layout is so different in every one. I have done a search and it appears there aren't any questions about this yet, just some questions about which book is best for XYZ park. I am not opposed to books that offer more than just hiking information, as that has proven useful for me in the past with vacation planning. But I want a book that gives a lot of details on hiking trails for different conditions. Thanks very much

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Looking to hike the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt) this September (120 miles) with my wife. Looking for advice.

Me (M56) and my spouse (F43) are planning a hiking trek through the Alps this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Been researching guided and self-guided trips on line. I have a couple of concerns.
First: Which do we opt for. Guided tours incorporate more the one couple and I fear we will either hold other people up who want to go quicker or vice versa, we’ll get teamed with a group that really hasn’t prepared properly. Also which tour provider would you recommend?
Second: Fitness level. Everything I read talks about easy, moderate or difficult ratings. But they don’t have a point of reference. I’m 56 but am in good shape for my age. I bicycle commute 11 months of the year. I walk regularly, and I do a 7 – 12km trek in the mountains weekly carrying a 13kg (30lb) pack. I also volunteer SAR and am used to traversing difficult terrain. But I do have knee issues. Am I fit enough to complete this without serious risk of injury?
We plan on training for this starting now. Any advice wo..

Me (M56) and my spouse (F43) are planning a hiking trek through the Alps this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Been researching guided and self-guided trips on line. I have a couple of concerns.

First: Which do we opt for. Guided tours incorporate more the one couple and I fear we will either hold other people up who want to go quicker or vice versa, we’ll get teamed with a group that really hasn’t prepared properly. Also which tour provider would you recommend?

Second: Fitness level. Everything I read talks about easy, moderate or difficult ratings. But they don’t have a point of reference. I’m 56 but am in good shape for my age. I bicycle commute 11 months of the year. I walk regularly, and I do a 7 – 12km trek in the mountains weekly carrying a 13kg (30lb) pack. I also volunteer SAR and am used to traversing difficult terrain. But I do have knee issues. Am I fit enough to complete this without serious risk of injury?

We plan on training for this starting now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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