You left off Banff. That place rocks. Lot’s of hiking and backpacking trails, beautiful lakes, awesome town.
Yeah, I wish folks would leave the cell phones home, or at best only pull them out of the pack for a true emergency (in which case they may not work if the cell towers have been kept out of the woods -YEAH!), so I say leave ’em home. But I learned long ago that the world is not going the same direction that I am. Rob
They way things are going – I think are parks are about to do with even less. If a 3rd party can keep a watchful eye on the spending (like the Public Utilities Commission works for energy), I’m ok with paying.
I do NOT mind paying any fee to gain access to NP’s or NF’s. We who use the areas should bear some of the cost of maintaining them. The current administration certainly won’t add to their funding, and the money has to come from somewhere.
When in doubt – take a friend. That would save many a life in the backcountry.
People rely on technology too much to save them – GPS, cell phone, etc. If you are going in to the backcountry you need to take a map and compass and learn how to use them. A GPS or cell phone will not do you much good once the battery is dead.
I plan to go to Maui this winter. Can someone recommend a hike here? I have heard that the hiking is phenomenal.
You are the man. I wish I had the stones to do that trail. If/when you make it, please post a link here so I can read about your trip.
Sore feet? Good question. Sounds like a bunch of Sr. citizens on the trail.
Quite frankly, people that carry guns on the trail scare me. I was in North Carolina at Mt. Mitchell one weekend and a guy had a gun strapped to his hip. He was a dad out with his kid and surprisingly wasn’t what I would deem a red neck by any means. Nonetheless, he was packin’ heat. I was more scared FOR him than I was OF him, but whatever the case someone like that is not the most inviting to meet on the trail.
http://www.internationalat.org/SIAIAT/ Check this site, it should answer all your questions.
I bought a MAgellan 315 about 3 years ago, and it has changed my life. It isn’t the simplest thing in the world to use, but it is worth it. I mark every water supply or source of shelter I come across, and it has already helped out a couple of times. Be forewarned, they are battery hogs, and you had better take basically a set per day of your trip. Hope this helps
Well, that depends. The Chattooga River Trail is shorter and easier than the Bartram Trail (in my humble opinion) but if I remember correctly they are one in the same for a section along the river (so you could actually do both). I’d probably do the CRT first. The scenery is better and the terrain is easier. Plus you can always knock it off and get some miles on the Bartram Trail taken started in the process and do it later.
Definitely injury. I was exploring a flooded horizontal mine shaft in the Gila Wilderness when I came to a vertical shaft that I couldn’t see under the water. Took a bad fall that tried to tear off part of my left knee. Got an almost instant infection from all the bat guano and rotted wood in the water, and barely made it back to my car the next day. Lesson learned: Solo trips into min shafts are just flat stupid. DanO
I once scrambled up a rock face to get a better view and quickly found that I couldn’t get down. Needless to say I was solo. After that experience, I vowed to hike conservatively while alone or take a friend if I was feeling a bit adventureous.