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One-week getaway hike in winter

I'm looking for a week-long hike that I can do over Thanksgiving or shortly after, in North America, where weather won't be too inclement. Where shall I go? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Oct 5, 2015 - 4 answers

In search of old growth forest

I'd like to do a short backpacking trip in old growth forest within driving distance of the DC area (4-5 hours or less, ideally). I looked up the locations of old growth stands in adjacent states, but many are quite small, and I'd like to get some recommendations on places I could hike and camp a couple nights. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Oct 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Was it altitude sickness or overexertion?

Many years ago I hiked Yosemite Falls roundtrip from the valley floor, and found myself very short of breath not on the trail, but much later, in the middle of the night while camping in the valley. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Sep 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for a digital camera recommendation

Looking for a digital camera recommendation. Something small and compact to take biking and hiking that is able to take action shots. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me hike Maryland

I recently discovered that I really enjoy hiking. I live in Maryland, and would like to experience some good hikes in the state. Ideally hikes at a moderate level of intensity that could accommodate a group of five or six. These would be weekend hikes, and the less crowded the better. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Summer outdoor destination in Quebec?

Where should I go in (or near) Quebec for some rural day hikes? Bonus constraint: driving from NYC. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

First visit to Starved Rock! Help us plan our trip

We are visiting Starved Rock state park for the first time next week, and based upon previous comments and reviews we are very excited. Although we're not the most adventuresome hikers, should be in decent enough shape to handle a few 4-6 mile hikes. Only staying there (one of the cabins on-site) for 2 days/1 night and want to make sure we get our money's worth! [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Aug 13, 2015 - 4 answers

One day - an Ozark Trail Thru Hike

You were once a novice hiker and camper. You loved easy 2-3 mile day hikes, but you wanted to up your game. How did you do that? What made you an avid and great hiker/camper. What training, locations, products etc? Local context is Missouri State Parks.
posted by asockpuppet on Jul 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for some outdoor gear (apparel) for a trip

I am planning a biking/hiking and cycling trip in the Fall and I am looking for some suggestions for things to wear (I have all of the other essentials - food, tent, supplies, etc). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jul 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Things to do in rural Pennsylvania?

My partner and I are taking a 4-day, 3-night vacation over the 4th of July weekend somewhere in the Pennsylvania wilds...but seriously what is there to do in Pennsylvania besides visit this awesome dark sky park? [more inside]
posted by little beast on Jun 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Best tent, backpack, sleeping bag for moderate weather?

I'm hiking out into the wild with a friend this autumn, and it's been decades since I last bought gear. I need a two-man tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other stuff. This won't be extreme camping, around 35-55°F at night, 3-4 days max. I'm looking for lightweight, durable, comfortable. Suggestions?
posted by mono blanco on Jun 25, 2015 - 18 answers

Best day hikes near Interlaken, Switzerland?

I did the Harder Kulm trail today and absolutely loved it, probably my favourite hike ever, but it was about at my limit for difficulty - first hike of the year, and my bad ankle was starting to have sharp pains in the last half hour downhill. I'd like to do another trail or two while I'm here - can anyone recommend some easy-to-moderate trails in the area? [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Jun 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Ideas for great hikes near(ish) Denver?

What are some must-do, knock-your-socks-off day hikes and/or short (1 night) backpacking trips for a dog and two humans visiting the Denver area for the first time? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Jun 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Help make our four days Rocky Mountain National Park epic!

My hiking buddy and I are going to spend this Saturday through Tuesday car camping in Estes Park, Colorado. We are relatively experienced hikers and backpackers, but most of our miles have been logged in the White Mountains and neither of us has ever been to Colorado. What are some challenging and rewarding day hikes that we should do? What things do we need to consider when hiking in RMNP? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Jun 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Hiking a 14er in Colorado

Next weekend, my friends and I are going out for a kind of bachelor party. One of the activities we'd like to do is summit a 14er. We'll be staying in Breckenridge, so not far from Mt. Bross, Lincoln, etc. [more inside]
posted by arm426 on Jun 6, 2015 - 23 answers

Birkenstocks, but for hiking?

Hi, I am looking for hiking sandals that have a flat sole, like Birkenstocks. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jun 5, 2015 - 9 answers

N Cal camp sites with facilities and a short hike in?

My kids have expressed interest in camping, so I checked out a car camping site today, and I'm pretty sure won't work for us. (Specifically, there was loud music being played on car stereos; in general, it seemed like the very low barrier-to-entry of car camping led to a lot of noise and general trashiness.) But my girls are hiking lightweights, and honestly I'm no hero either. Where could I take them camping somewhere with (at least!) toilet facilities, and, ideally, shower facilities, that requires a hike of around an hour to get to? Special super bonus - somewhere within an hour or two of Silicon Valley? Ideally in the redwoods? Thanks!!
posted by fingersandtoes on May 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Suggestions for a June visit to Yellowstone

Can you recommend hikes in the Yellowstone area in June? [more inside]
posted by medusa on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Hiking that's not too steep

Looking for hikes in New England and New York that are not hard, <4 miles round trip. [more inside]
posted by Melismata on May 14, 2015 - 17 answers

Fjällräven kånken advice!

I'm looking to buy a practical backpack that will last and look good for hiking, walking around town, daytrips abroad, and more. I'm leaning towards a Fjällräven kånken due to their classic design and quality. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on May 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Spoken Word for the Great Outdoors

I recently bought a pair of Aftershokz bone conduction headphones, with the express purpose of using these to listen to podcasts, audiobooks etc. without shutting out the sounds of the world around me when hiking. As hoped, they work brilliantly, so I'm now looking for new ideas of what to listen to when spending quality alone time surrounded by nature. [more inside]
posted by protorp on May 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Outdoor adventures in Portland, Maine!

MeFites provided me with some awesome recommendations when I spent some time in Albany, NY a couple of years ago, so I'm looking to you guys to help me out with Portland, Maine! [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Madeira and Corsica and Sardinia, oh my!

My partner and I are trying to narrow down options for a side trip from our fall family visit to the UK. We're thinking an island might make a nice choice, and I would love some hivemind advice. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Apr 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Give me your best bug repellent, oh pretty please

Please tell me your best bug repellent product/strategy for dealing with gnats? And mosquitos, but more generally small flying swarm insects. [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Intermediate level multi-day guided hiking/camping in Hawaii?

I'm a fairly experienced hiker who would like to explore Hawaii on foot. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Mar 31, 2015 - 5 answers

Insole analysis paralysis!

When I go hiking, the arches of my feet get pretty tired about four or five miles in. How do I select the right insoles to stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Mar 30, 2015 - 6 answers

6 Days in Portland/Seattle

This (very) recent question had a lot of good suggestions of things to do in Portland, but I'm in Portland and Seattle for several days each this weekend, and I'm looking for advice about what to do in both cities. Difficulty: like outdoorsy things, but don't have a car. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 25, 2015 - 9 answers

How to select a day pack?

How should I select a day pack for hiking? What factors should I consider? What features should I think about? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Good outdoorsy destinations in the US (or near it) in April?

Hi AxMe, I am going to have a week of vacation starting April 10th and would like to go someplace that is conducive to lots of awesome outdoorsiness. I'm in the US. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Mar 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for good hiking/walking movies and documentaries

I'm building up a small library of movies and documentaries related to hiking and walking and would love to get suggestions from everyone here! Would especially love to get suggestions of Slow TV-related films [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Mar 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Help Me Find Good Backpacking Backpacks

The two of us are interested in getting into backpacking, and are each looking to purchase a nice backpack. Help us find a good one! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Feb 28, 2015 - 16 answers

trail mix/energy food for someone with nut allergies

I recently developed pretty severe allergies to most nuts. Trail mix used to be a huge part of my life even just snacking thru the day but especially while hiking/camping/climbing. I need alternatives that still give me that trail mix boost, and preferably still with a mix of salty/sweet taste and similar texture. Or even just OTHER snacking ideas entirely (that aren't just Clif Bars). More dietary info/restrictions/preferences below the cut. [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad on Feb 27, 2015 - 22 answers

My Cinderella needs an AAAA boot to close the deal

I need to find a source for a women's hiking boot in US 9.5 or 10 with an AAAA width. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to do a 2-4 night solo backpacking trip the first week of March?

Requirements: 3-4 hours drive from a major airport (I have Southwest frequent flier miles) Not very cold (sleeping bag is rated 30 deg F) [more inside]
posted by czytm on Jan 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Real-time tracking on a pre-drawn Google Maps route?

I lead public walks in Los Angeles. I use Google Maps to plan my routes and social media to allow folks to join us as we walk. Right now, I automatically tweet our location every fifteen minutes. The tweeted links open to a google maps page, which users then must compare to my planned route page. I would like to be able to have our location show up in real time on the map that's already populated with our planned route... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jan 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Recommend a mama hiking daypack?

Looking for a bag that can hold my dSLR plus everything I need for a day hike with small children. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Jan 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Vacation in nature--without a car to get there?

I am taking a much-needed vacation in December before the holiday season. I would LOVE to get out of the city for a week and just wander around in nature, but I don't know where to start given the potential obstacles. I grew up going to Acadia National Park in Maine...so I'm basically looking for the same thing somewhere warmer. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Nov 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Best time of year to hike the Lake District?

My husband and I are thinking of taking an anniversary/delayed honeymoon trip to the UK, and going on one of the semi-packaged Lake District hikes (where you hike from inn to inn and they trundle your baggage to the next inn for you). I'm getting conflicting information about the best month to do this. Data points inside. [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Nov 21, 2014 - 9 answers

appalachian trail yellowjacket nest + lost and found

Yellowjackets attacked us on a not-that-remote part of the Appalachian Trail yesterday at 5 PM, and had attacked others earlier. Should I tell someone? Also, if someone picked up my dropped glasses and hat, would they return them to some centralized lost and found? This is Nantahala Forest in NC, ~.5 mile N. of Tellico Gap. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Things to do in Yosemite

Things to do in Yosemite when you only have one day and also the park is on fire! I'll be in Sequoia, finishing a backpacking trip on Tuesday, 9/22 around 10am, and was planning to drive up towards Yosemite from there. I want to be in San Fransisco by the evening of 9/24. I've never been to Yosemite and I'd love to see it, but not sure specifically where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Trailheads and camping near Wytheville, VA

Me and my dad are going camping this weekend in the Wytheville, VA area. It's a compromise location with which neither of us are familiar. He's driving down, I'm busing up, and we'll be camping 2 nights. Does anyone have a favorite backcountry camping spot around there, maybe by a stream? (details follow) [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Things to do within an hour of Pine Grove when camping with a 7-year-old

Outdoorsy things to do within an hour or so of Pine Grove, Calif. when camping with a 7-year-old? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Aug 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Clothes for jungle hiking for a plus-size woman?

I'm headed to Malaysia in September and plan to do some hiking around the jungle there. Because of the mosquitos, leeches and other critters, I'll need to cover up even if it is very hot and humid out. Does anyone have any recommendations for lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants for a size ~18 woman?
posted by kms on Aug 20, 2014 - 12 answers

August in Auckland

I'll be spending the last two weekends in August (Sat-Sun only) in Auckland, NZ. In addition to exploring the city, I'd like to check out the famous scenery. What to do? Where to go? What are people wearing this time of year? [more inside]
posted by ista on Aug 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Pleasant places to walk in Cambridge/Somerville and points west

I'm a recent Camberville transplant from a place that was more in the "trees that happen to have nearby houses" department rather than the "houses that happen to have nearby trees" department. I'm looking for pleasant places for, say, 3-10 mile rambles where I can forget for a bit that I am not cut out for city life. A few additional constraints within. [more inside]
posted by dorque on Aug 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Best way to get from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass without a car

I'm thru-hiking a section of the PCT with a friend, and I'm supposed to meet her at the trail near Snoqualmie Pass. Only issue is that I don't have a car and I'm not sure if I could convince anyone to drive me out there on a weekday(when we would meet). Are there any experienced northwest car-less hikers who have done this before?
posted by aleatorictelevision on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Weekend getaways (particularly national parks)

What are some natural places in the US that are transcendent and mind-blowing and just made you say "wow"? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 6, 2014 - 40 answers

Where can I eat gooseneck barnacles & explore unique spots in Portland?

For instance, my SO really wants to find a place that serves gooseneck barnacle like they did here and explore spots like the abandoned Upper Salmonberry River Railway. We wanted to see sloths, but it was booked. We know these kind of unique local gems are coveted, but does anyone mind sharing their favorite off-the-beaten path activities in PDX? [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Hiking or biking but not getting eaten by bears

I'm looking for a break from tech-life and have a friend who recently solo thru-biked the Colorado Trail. I'm on the east coast, but would love to do something similar. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Where in New England can I take my dad camping to see the Perseids?

When I was very young, my dad took me camping to see the Perseid meteors; it was one of the defining experiences of my life. Now I am grown and he is nearly old, and I would like to turn it around. Help me find a suitable mountaintop in New England to go camping with my dad; somewhere where we won't have to see anyone else. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

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