questionsgot any backpacking destination recommendations?


Hard to recommend specific trips without knowing your age/gear/experience/endurance/etc. But on the topic of flying to your destination, I have done that before. The only real issues are your stove and a knife(if you carry one). If i remember correctly the stove was allowed to be in checked luggage but the warning was to clean it really good so there was no fuel odor. I think the fuel bottle was a no-no(even if empty) but I'm not sure now. I was lucky to have a friend who lived in the destination state so I just packed the stove in a box and had him mail it back to me after the trip. You'll want to thoroughly research the stove issue or even call your airline and ask specifically. If you can't carry it you may need to mail it ahead of you. I've heard you can mail things to a local post office with your name for "general delivery" and pick it up in person when you get there. Or you could call the park office/ranger station where you're going if you can mail your non-flyable stuff there.


We went to Utah a few years ago for backpacking. We flew SW and used our packs as one checked bag and a suitcase for our second. We stayed the first and last night in a hotel which kept all of our stuff while hiking. So if you plan something similar, call the hotel. Most are happy to accommodate you. Also, if you will need fresh food for bp, call ahead to grocery stores, as they may have different stuff than you are hoping for. For informational purposes you can call a local guide company and speak with them about routes and sights. Also rangers are a great place to get information.They (Rangers and Guides) are always willing to share.

Sounds like fun. I am envious.


@hemi71cuda: 26, I've been doing this since I was very young but I've stuck mostly to the Carolina and VA mtns. I'm a bit of a minimal extremist while I'm on my own an my gear fits the part. My wife on the other hand needs a few more luxuries.

We're in good shape and our endurance is excellent. I'm trying to keep my wife away from any rope climbing scenarios. We're in the process of upgrading our gear.

I've mailed things ahead before, I can usually find a traveler friendly shop or PO to hold onto it. Unfortunately we will likely be forced to rent a vehicle or find a bus/cab to get where we're going so it looks like fuel may be an issue to work out.

EDIT:dang, forgot again @functioningwino


Haven't actually backpacked there before, but if you do come out west (PNW) make sure to check out Mt. Rainier! It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL in the summer and there are all sorts of hikes ranging from a few miles, day trips and overnight trips.


If you decide to come to the southwest, I hear backpacking in the Gila Wilderness is awesome. New Mexico is a great vacation spot, inexpensive, beautiful with a lot of varied often spectacular terrain, great cuisine, friendly people, excellent art scene. I am so glad to live next door to it. We are white water rafting n Taos Box Canyon over the July 4th weekend.


Taos Box Canyon where we are going rafting:


Glacier NP is my backyard. If you come here you will have to purchase bear spray & propane/butane (not allowed on planes) but there are some places that have them for cheap. Tons of hikes, too many to list here, and lots of floating opportunities on the Middle Fork Flathead River & others. If you decide to come up here, get in touch w/me & I can hook you up w/the best deals & show you some stuff that most tourists don't get to.
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You say summer/fall -- good to go after school is back in session to miss a lot of the tourist crowds at the NPs.
Some places are easier to fly into or less expensive to fly into then others. You might want to check into that if plane fare costs are a limitation for you .

Also many of the NPs require back country permits. Depending on where and when they book way ahead and can be hard to get. Havasupai Falls -- an off shoot of the Grand Canyon is amazing.
It can be extremely hard to get a permit to go here. Yes the water is as blue as the pictures show.

The Grand Tetons are another fav. of mine. Close to Yellowstone, you can take a side visit there, but not as crowded. At least it didn't use to be. It's been awhile since I have had the privilege to go there.

Let us know where you decide to go and then post pics after! Have fun.


I'll put in a vote for Havasupai Falls. I'm too old to do it again. We hiked in, spent about 6 days there at the campground, and then rode out on horseback. While we where there I had my Mom and Dad flown in on a helicopter and got them a room at the lodge in the village. It was a very memorable experience. BTW, you have to make reservations WAY in advance. There were people in the campground from all over the world.


These are all great ideas and have been added to our list. I had no idea there were places like those in the states. We're planning to go in September to avoid the crowds. It's going to be difficult to narrow this down but I'm leaving places on the list where I know I'll have help :-) Thanks Everyone and keep them coming.



I can't really recommend any places to hike. The only suggestion I can offer is not to come back.


@functioningwino: If I had the choice I'd stay out there forever. Do you really not have any recommendations (because of those impeding medical issues maybe?) or are you just being grumpy (about of those impeding medical issues maybe?)?

Either way, I'd still invite you to join us.

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@nmchapma: I guess I am playing an optimist today, as I chose to interpret the comment as encouraging you to stay in a beautiful vacation spot and never return to mundane everyday life rather than "get off my lawn".


@ojulius: lodge ? helicopters ?
Nothing like that in Havasupai Falls when I hiked down. {and up ;-) }

A place that was suppose to be kept limited exposure to outsiders..... sigh.
As long as it was the tribe's choice and not the NPS'.


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@nmchapma: Sad. : ( So much for hiking into nowhere and no tourists and.... well you get the idea. Let's just hope they don't open up a water park. sigh.
i'm sure the falls are still lovely, and yes, even w/ the lodge and tourist stuff it's still rather remote. I'm against the helicopters buzzing the GC in general.

I hope the dollars that the NPS gets are going back to the tribe and helping in some way. -- schools, healthcare. Or in preserving the land in some way.
It was kinda neat that many of the Native Americans there had never been to the "outside" world, and kept their traditions. Many did not speak English.
The only way in or out was walk or mule.
Supplies only came by mule.
I don't begrudge anyone the amenities to make life easier and healthier and such. I'm just not so sure that our "outside" is all that it's cracked up to be. Plus , I'm sure I over romanticize living in a traditional native culture. But still...... sad.

I would rather there be places --TBC


pg 2 @nmchapma:

... that I could only see in pictures and never get to {even if I were able in logistical ways} and have them be preserved and know they were still so beautiful, then open up everything and have it loved to death. I think of the bumper to bumper traffic in Yosemite ( and other parks in the summer ) and the impact that all us humans make that are hurting the environment in those places.
More people, less space. It would be nice if everyone could have those experiences and still maintain the parks and forests and lands in a preservation oriented and responsible way. It's a tricky balance.