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I am outdoorsy in that I like to get drunk on patios.

If a female personage were to be putting together gear for a "Nature Excursion" -- really something less than a day hike, more like just a couple three hours - what on earth does that look like? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 13, 2014 - 19 answers

 

overnight camping trips from Manhattan?

Two of my friends want to go on an overnight camping trip starting from Manhattan, but separately. So I'm looking for one place where we could camp overnight that's within a 30-60 mile bike ride of public transportation, and another place where we could camp overnight that's within a few miles' walk of public transportation. The bike site could be either a prepared camp site or just a place where people won't mind us pitching a tent; the walking site really has to be approved for camping. Does the hive mind have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Apr 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Where do I buy topo maps in SLC or Moab on a weekend?

Is there a store in Salt Lake City that sells Utahn USGS 7.5 minute topo maps that's open on Saturday? Or, alternatively, a place in Moab that's open on Sunday? For instance, does REI sell topo maps? We're visiting Utah from Vancouver Canada and we don't have enough time to have maps shipped from the USGS, but unfortunately the way things are timed we're going to be passing through SLC and Moab on the weekend. We'll need the maps by Monday morning, otherwise we'd hang around. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by Dr. Send on Mar 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Desert day hike near San Diego

I have a free day in San Diego and would love to go on a desert hike. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by susanvance on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Let's Travel Alone...Together

Solo traveling mefites! Have you found active travel tours that tend to learn a little to the younger crowd. I'm not trying to find a singles-ready-to-mingle tour, but would hike with folks who are more excited about the hike than the souvenirs. I'm comfortable traveling solo to most places - but, who wants to go on a safari solo? Ideas for companies or feedback from those who have taken REI-type travel tours would be great! Thanks globe-trotters,
posted by msfrizzle on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

I have a $33,000 dream. Plus or minus 10K.

I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 4, 2014 - 44 answers

Where to go and what to do in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia?

My girlfriend and I will be spending the next 3-4 months travelling in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Where should we go and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Feb 6, 2014 - 10 answers

How should I prepare for lengthy backpacking trips?

So I've decided to get into backpacking. I've set some goals of backpacking part of the PCT, Acadia, and the Olympic Peninsula as my must-do hikes. So, here's the Ask. What kind of preparation should I do before undertaking say, a week to two week hike at each of those locations? I live in Texas, which is very flat and relatively boring by comparison, so access to varied terrain will be a little difficult for me to come by. What kind of "practice trips" should I go on before trying for one of these more ambitious hikes? And what's a realistic amount of time to prepare for a hike of that magnitude?
posted by doogan nash on Jan 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Beginner's guide to Machu Picchu

Can anyone help me prepare for this hiking trip? What can I expect? What do I need? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Advice needed: Vegas for couple getting away from kids and cold

Mrs. and I are able to get away from the kiddos and wretched cold of Minnesota for a long weekend in Vegas the last weekend of February, first time for both of us. Please help us enjoy our rare getaway! [more inside]
posted by look busy on Jan 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Backpack for hiking supplies and easy access side pocket to DSLR camera?

Husband loves to take photos when hiking, but hates taking his backpack all the way off and on again every time he wants to reach for his camera. I need a hiking backpack for my husband that will hold all the regular stuff for a day hike but with some sort of easy access zippered side pocket where he can just reach around to grab his camera, shoot photos, and put it back inside while leaving the backpack on his back the whole time. Ideally for $60 or less. Searched around on amazon but cannot find it. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by skjønn on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Unguided trekking in Tierra Del Fuego - Bad idea?

I'm going to Tierra Del Fuego soon, and I am considering going on a four to five day unguided trek... [more inside]
posted by MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch on Dec 20, 2013 - 4 answers

富士山に登りたい

I’m a healthy but sedentary person. One of my greatest wishes is to climb Mt. Fuji. If I have 5 years to get ready, what should I do to prepare physically? [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Dec 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Five days in May

Help me plan the best trip ever to the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Alternatives to the Appalachian Trail

I want to go on a long hike before my wife and I buy a house or have kids, sort of a 'final big adventure by myself' before completely settling down. The Appalachian Trail is tempting but 5 months is a long time to be away from home (not to mention it'll be expensive). Please suggest some alternative long hikes. Maybe in the 1-2 month length range. Bonus points if your suggestion is in Canada. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Nov 21, 2013 - 27 answers

I would walk 500 miles... Or would I?

I walk and hike a lot for exercise and to meet my dog's needs. But I'm having trouble going longer distances without some hip pain and tiredness. I just signed up for a 12 mile hike with 2200+ feet elevation gain in early December with friends. I don't want to have to back out. How can I up my mileage? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Nov 4, 2013 - 22 answers

Tourist Shoes that don't Scream TOURIST

Help me find shoes that a tourist can wear for long days of walking, but could also look nice with nicer outfits. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 24, 2013 - 33 answers

Need an alternative hike to Old Rag in VA

Because of the sequester, my plans for a birthday hike of Old Rag are out. Looking for something within a 2 or 3 hour drive of the D.C. area for Monday, October 14th. Have extensive hiking experience so would like something with a fair amount of miles and am not afraid of difficulty. No climbing, though!
posted by sparringnarwhal on Oct 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Hey Albany mefites! Outdoor adventures in the area??

I'm in Albany, NY for two months and I would love some outdoor adventure ideas for this weekend (there are so many destinations to choose from - HELP!) [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Oct 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Please help save our road trip!

So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Oct 1, 2013 - 27 answers

New England weekend getaway

Where, within 3-4 hours of Providence, RI, can a couple find a nice B&B with easy access to impressive foliage, good hiking, and some really excellent dining? We're particularly interested in VT and NH, although perhaps there are some options in MA. All responses welcome.
posted by munyeca on Sep 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Light weekend hiking in Ferndale or Royal Oak

Looking for a nice place to do some light hiking this weekend during a day trip to the Detroit area. Preferably in Royal Oak or Ferndale because we will be in both places for different reasons. Something in nature with a loop hike between two and five miles preferably. Will travel to nearby towns for the right spot.
posted by morganannie on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

One outfit to rule them all

I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Aug 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Foolproof outdoorsmanship in the Bay Area.

Foolproof wilderness excursions (day or overnight) near the Bay Area for two people who are terrible at making arrangements. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for an ideal field bag for science in the bush.

I've just finished a few months of fieldwork and my thoughts are turning to how I might make the next expedition go more smoothly and comfortably than the last. I have realized that I really need a separate bag for field gear -- for camera equipment, dissection tools, chemicals, etc. I think I know what sort of thing I'm after, but I don't know how to find it. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Talk me through water filtration and purification

As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I take a new pair of hiking boots back?

Living in the Alps and going to Iceland in a few weeks, I decided to invest in a decent pair of hiking boots for walking in the mountains, amongst rocks, rough terrain and even volcanoes and glaciers in the case of Iceland. I have not had such shoes for a long time, so am new to such a purchase. After trying the boots at home for a few hours, I am experiencing discomfort in my ankles. Is his normal or should I take the boots back? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on May 26, 2013 - 7 answers

zerg-free hiking, june 2013 edition

I'm going to be in DC in mid-June, and me and a pal who'll be staying in Falls Church would like to go hiking somewhere nearby for around half a day. Does anyone have any scenic cicada-unscathed trails to recommend? Neither of us have a car but we can rent if necessary. [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on May 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Boston area Sunset/moonrise on June 23rd.

Where would be a good location in Eastern Massachusetts to see and photograph both the sunset and (full) moonrise on Sunday, June 23rd? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Hiking in Westchester/Rockland County NY w/ stumpy little legs

Looking for hour to day long hike recommendations in the Westchester/Rockland County NY area. Adorable complication: Corgi. [more inside]
posted by zara on May 3, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't really want dreadlocks.

This feels like a silly question, but what do I do about my long, curly, tangle-prone hair when I'm out in the woods for a very long time doing fieldwork? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 20, 2013 - 31 answers

Seattle area hiking in April

What would be a great day hike this weekend near Seattle? We're looking for a hike that is accessible and glorious this time of year for a day date/outing.
posted by palegirl on Apr 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Backpack camping gear recommendations

My husband and I love to hike, and this summer we hope to go on some longer hiking trips that will require camping for one or two nights. What gear should we buy to make our trips enjoyable and safe? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Apr 7, 2013 - 37 answers

Best day hikes in Middle Tennessee/Kentucky?

Friends visiting me in Nashville want to spend a day frolicking in nature while they're here. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know much about the parks around my own hometown. Where should I take them? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Outdoorsy things to do less than 4 hours from Boise, Idaho?

Looking for mountains and lakes for hiking and swimming not far from Boise. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Apr 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Car camping in Algonquin

My partner, our dog, and I will be spending 5 nights camping in Algonquin this August. Which of the campgrounds along the Highway 60 corridor has the best hiking trails? As an example of our 'skill level', we really enjoyed the Bruce Trail around Cyprus Lake campground in the Bruce Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Mar 27, 2013 - 3 answers

I want to go hiking in Cradle Mountain over Easter. Tips?

I want to go hiking in Cradle Mountain (Tasmania, Australia) over the Easter long weekend. Problem: I do not know anything at all about Cradle Mountain. Help me, hive mind? [more inside]
posted by Xany on Mar 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Sources for plus-sized hiking/travel/comfortable pants for cycling?

I live in jeans and on my bicycle. I don't mind biking in jeans for short distances, but I'm finding myself doing a lot more bike riding in situations where I need something more presentable and versatile than bike shorts, skorts, or yoga-type pants, but more comfortable than jeans. (And it's not my bottom that's the issue, so wearing padded liner shorts under my jeans is not the solution I'm looking for.) The obvious answer here is pants designed for traveling and hiking, but I'm having a hard time finding any in my size (2X). I found some cargo pants at Old Navy that looked promising, but even though they're in my size they don't fit because they're super low-rise. REI has exactly one pair of plus-sized adventure travel pants and I have them, but I'd like more options. Do you have a recommendation for comfortable hiking/travel pants in plus sizes?
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Hiking pants for very cold temps

What pants do people wear for very cold (0 °F / -18 °C, and colder) weather hiking? Just rain shell pants and wool long underwear? Surely there are insulated pants suitable for hiking? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Mar 21, 2013 - 28 answers

Joining a friend for a week on the AT, what do I need to bring? Tips?

A close friend has decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting in about 10 days at Springer Mountain in Georgia. It just so happens that I have a week off with nothing to do, and he asked if I wanted to start out with him, and I said yes. Help me make sure I'm not forgetting anything (and/or shed inessentials). Any tips/tricks would also be appreciated for this AT newb! [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Mar 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Hiking with my dog within 1-2 hours of Lodi this weekend?

Where's a great place to take my dog hiking this weekend that's 1-2 hours from Lodi, Calif.? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Mar 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Sturdy carrier for 6-month-old

We're about to embark on a vacation to Telluride with our 6-month-old son. While we're not harboring any delusions about bringing him skiing, we'd like to take him hiking, possibly snowshoeing. What's a good, structured carrier that can accommodate him comfortably? He's fairly small for his age, just now able to fit in his "6" clothes.
posted by mkultra on Feb 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Hiking and trip advice for Argentina

We will be spending 3 days in El Chalten and 3 days in El Calafate, Argentina in March. What hikes and tours would be most recommended or must sees? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Feb 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to go in Chile and Argentina between Bariloche and El Chaltén?

I am in Bariloche and I´m going to do the Nahuel Huapi Traverse the day after tomorrow (taking either 3 or 5 days if I have the time.) I want to get to El Chaltén and spend 5 days trekking around Monte Fitz Roy and Laguna Torre. I would also like to spend a day at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares near El Calafate. Then I have to get to Punta Arenas to fly out March 1st. That leaves me with a little less than a week to work with. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Feb 7, 2013 - 6 answers

What camera should I take to Patagonia?

My girlfriend and I are leaving for a vacation in Chile in about a week. We'll be spending most of our time hiking and seeing glaciers and penguins in southern Patagonia, with a few days in Santiago at the end. I'd like to bring a compact, versatile, weatherproof camera with great image quality, 15-20x zoom, and good low-light performance -- but compromises must be made. What kind of camera should I take with me? My budget is $300-750. [more inside]
posted by Serf on Jan 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Map The Trail For A Newish Hiker

So a week on the trails in Moab has renewed my interest in hiking. Help me keep it up here in New York instead - I need to know where to go and what to bring. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Travel advice needed

travel advice needed: Has anyone visited Vermillion Cliffs National Monument? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Help us hike with our dog in Pennsylvania next week!

Help us hike with our dog in Pennsylvania! We'll be driving from NJ to Chicago in the last week of December, and would love to stop somewhere along the way for a few days of hiking. [more inside]
posted by walla on Dec 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Hiking in Shasta area

What are your favorite hikes in Shasta Trinity National Forest? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

New Zealand hiking?

Good day hikes in New Zealand? I'm travelling to New Zealand from the UK in November to go to a wedding. I'm taking three weeks off work and I plan on doing some hiking while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by antiwiggle on Sep 22, 2012 - 9 answers

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