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Old 01-14-2010, 12:37 AM   #1
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I've never done this before, and I don't know why... But I thought I'd start a thread for the offseason dedicated to those of us who are backpackers.

So who is a backpacker out there, and what trips are you looking at for 2010?
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Right now, I've got one trip planned for the middle of May for the St. Helens wilderness area. There's a trail along the Lewis River that introduced me to backpacking, and I like to pay her homage one a season to thank her for the gift she gave me. I'm sentimental like that. I love that trip.

I'm also looking at trying to get to the Olympic Coast trail for the second time. The first time was an amazing trip, but we didn't go in prepared for the tides like we should have been, and didn't get in nearly as far as we had hoped. This time, we'll have the experience of the first trip under our belts and be ready for it. That is a KILLER trip.
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I am planning a hiking trip in the Patagonia in Argentina / Chile later in the year. Plan to hit the Los Glaciares National Park, and end in Punta Arenas and the Cape Horn. Need at least 3 weeks to do justice to it. By far the most ambitious trip I have ever undertaken.

Locally, I plan to hit the trails around northern New Mexico during weekends when the weather starts getting warmer.

Never been to the Olympic Coast areas. Sounds like fun. Will have to check that part of the country out someday.
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I'm heading to the Smokies this weekend, Fontana Dam (TN) area. Friends are going up for the whole weekend though I'm just going for a single night. We went to Cataloochie (NC) last month and Grayson Highlands/Mt. Rogers (VA) during the autumn peak. Never in my life have I seen a more beautiful October display.

Personally I hate camping. Sleeping on the ground, freezing your butt off or getting eaten by insects. No thanks. However, I love hiking, fresh air and, most importantly, drinking with friends around a campfire.
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Personally I hate camping. Sleeping on the ground, freezing your butt off or getting eaten by insects.
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With kids in Scouting, I will probably be heading to Philmont Scout Reservation this summer, then a few smaller weekends in Arkansas (Devil's Den - Butterfield Trail), and White Rock Mountain.

I might be trying to put together a lower altitude hiking trip in Southern Colorado / Northern New Mexico also (for the younger Scouts).

I'll be happy when my Scouting days are over and i can plan a few trips with friends (and probably a little wine).
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My next trip planned is Vancouver for the Olympic winter games. Not exactly a wilderness pack pack trip but I will be living out of a back pack and should be an adventure. I booked a room at the Cambie Hostel which is one of the oldest dive bars/hostels in the area. I guess it's a bit trashy but we love traveling on the cheap!

It's right in the heart of the olympic vibe which should be cool. Jess and I are going as reporters for our local alternative newspaper covering some of our local athletes who will be competing.

I plan on doing some back packing somewhere up there on a quest for another hot spring! Just haven't pinned down which one yet!

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I am planning a hiking trip in the Patagonia in Argentina / Chile later in the year. Plan to hit the Los Glaciares National Park, and end in Punta Arenas and the Cape Horn. Need at least 3 weeks to do justice to it. By far the most ambitious trip I have ever undertaken.

Locally, I plan to hit the trails around northern New Mexico during weekends when the weather starts getting warmer.

Never been to the Olympic Coast areas. Sounds like fun. Will have to check that part of the country out someday.
My friend and I were going to backpack across the Sangres from Las Vegas to Santa Fe (or vica versa). Never got around to it. I still wanna do that one.
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Right now, I've got one trip planned for the middle of May for the St. Helens wilderness area. There's a trail along the Lewis River that introduced me to backpacking, and I like to pay her homage one a season to thank her for the gift she gave me. I'm sentimental like that. I love that trip.

I'm also looking at trying to get to the Olympic Coast trail for the second time. The first time was an amazing trip, but we didn't go in prepared for the tides like we should have been, and didn't get in nearly as far as we had hoped. This time, we'll have the experience of the first trip under our belts and be ready for it. That is a KILLER trip.
Back when I worked for the Forest Service, I spent a number of weeks up in Cent Washington near Lake Chelan. That was probably one the greatest places I have ever been on the planet.
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Going back to Glacier National Park. Last year did the POI - ELH - ELF backcountry over Red Gap Pass (pic from last July trip below). This year will do KIN - HOL - FRA.

Also planning a summit of Mt Olympus in WA in early Aug up the Hoh River Trail.

Will also do a number of quick weekend trips in the Selkirks, Cabinet and Bugaboo Ranges of the Rockies. Not only are the mountains World Class....but their use is very low (I have gone on multi day trips and not seen a soul) compared to the theme park busyness of a place like Rocky Mountain National Park
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The Yosemite valley is breathtaking as well.
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There are more Japanese tourists on buses than trees in that Valley.

However, hiking Half-Dome should be on everyones bucket list. Easy hike with a World Class view.

I prefer the solitude in Hetch Hetchy...on the other side of Yosemite. John Muir considered it just as beautiful as Yosemite Valley prior to its damming to feed power to the Bay Area.

It would be awesome to see the day when we once again can have free flowing rivers in the West.
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Back when I worked for the Forest Service, I spent a number of weeks up in Cent Washington near Lake Chelan. That was probably one the greatest places I have ever been on the planet.
One of the greatest places that I have been on the planet is the peak above Summit Lake in Washington. It's a peak that sits at a point between Mt. Rainier and Seattle. I sat up there for a sunset and watched the Seattle lights come to life while the sunset colors danced off of the Rainier glaciers behind me. It was absolutely spectacular.
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Going back to Glacier National Park. Last year did the POI - ELH - ELF backcountry over Red Gap Pass (pic from last July trip below). This year will do KIN - HOL - FRA.

Also planning a summit of Mt Olympus in WA in early Aug up the Hoh River Trail.

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I've been considering Mt Olympus for this season. Not sure I'll be able to though. My wife and I are hoping to brew up another baby this year, which would cramp my backpacking plans for the late summer.
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I go backpacking to a variety of places that have lakes or rivers since I like to fly fish. I got into backpacking because most of the easy access places start to get overcrowded. Anyway Last year I came across a website that I used for my resource analysis class for research, and found this place called the Rawah Wilderness area.

Pretty large wilderness area, then last July I went through the Rawah Trail, pretty scenic walk and wasn't a lot of people. Ran into some people that rented Donkeys to carry their stuff on the trail. It was 350 bucks a day to rent those guys and here I was hauling about 2-3 days worth of camping shiat.

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Anybody got any good recommendations not too far from DC. I tried the Shenandoah last summer, and to tell the truth, was a bit underwhelmed.

Im from Colorado and spent my youth tromping around the Collegiates.
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I'm planning to do an escapade over Spring Break, but am pretty foreign to backpacking as a whole, but love the outdoors. Any PMs or messages here with information regarding what I should do, tips, etc. would be appreciated. Might be going out to the Black Hills.
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Buy a sleeping pad with a chair kit. That's my number one tip for comfortable backpacking.
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