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Back-Country Camping in the Pacific Northwest

I'm looking for recommendations on where to do some back-country/wilderness camping in the Seattle/Portland area from around Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 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

Looking for a 2-day backpacking hike near Washington, DC

I'm trying to plan a last-minute backpacking trip this weekend. I'm looking for suggestions for a good 2-day (~12-16 mile) circuit hike that's within a 2 hour drive of Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by schmod on May 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 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

Help me find a women's backpacking backpack!

Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
posted by mlo on Jul 15, 2013 - 12 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

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

Wow really roughing it there, tough guys

Weekend backpacking trip near Philly? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Bike and camping supplies in Las Veags?

I'm planning a trip do Death Valley in january and I'll be landing in Las Vegas where I'll spend the first day or two preparing, and I wonder if anyone has some recommendations for places where I can get the supplies I need. [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm on Dec 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Tips for a backpacking trip to death valley?

First time backcountry camping in the desert. I'll be biking and hiking. Any tips from people who've gone on similar trips? [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm on Dec 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Backpacking in Peru, but where (how?) to get a backpack?

Backpacking in Peru, but where (how?) to get a backpack? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Dec 1, 2011 - 14 answers

I'll just toss this hammock up between those two coconut trees on the North Shore

Backpacking Hammock filter: I currently use a MSR Hubba for backpacking but am intrigued by the idea of hammocks and would like to go with a hammock for my next few trips; it could possibly replace my tent for all non-desert camping. There's a ton of choices to go with, so help me if you can please. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Drank puddle water. Now how do we prevent an assplosion?

Drank a liter of unfiltered, chemically treated puddle water. What's the best course of action to avoid gastrointestinal Armageddon? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Oct 25, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I go backpacking in the backcountry?

What are the logistics involved in back-country camping / backpacking (CA specific)? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Any experience with guided backpacking trips?

Backcountry camping question: Anyone have experience with commerical guided backpacking trips in the U.S., or have any suggestions for increasing backpacking skills and confidence when you don't know any experienced backpackers? [more inside]
posted by crLLC on Jun 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Gourmet Backpacker

I'm going on a 7-day backpacking trip in about a month with three friends and I need your best lightweight meal recipies. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 26, 2010 - 13 answers

I need a good backpack

I'm looking to get back into backpacking in a serious way, and right now I'm working on getting my gear together. I have reached the point where I want/need advice on a good backpack and have whittled the field down to three choices. So I need to choose wisely. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on May 6, 2010 - 20 answers

Suggestions for Backpacking in the Cache Creek Wilderness Area in Northern California?

Suggestions for a weekend backpacking trip to the Cache Creek Wilderness Area in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on May 6, 2010 - 2 answers

Help us identify our campsite intruder!

Help us identify our campsite intruder! Possibly a bobcat or Florida panther? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Apr 11, 2010 - 12 answers

No GORP for me.

Can you suggest unprocessed or minimally processed foods for hiking day trips (approx. 12 hours) and three-day backpacking trips? The catch: no refined carbohydrates. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Backpacking in the Sierra Nevada's in Early April?

Can I go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada's in early April? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on Mar 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Can you help me pick a new camping stove?

Looking for help picking a new camping stove for backpacking (not car camping)- what do you like about yours? Why would you (or would you not) recommend or not recommend about the one you have? Not really the season, but I've got an overnight snowshoe trip planned at the end of the month... [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Feb 16, 2010 - 30 answers

Do I have the Betamax of camping stoves?

Are the blue Camping Gaz cartridges still commonly available in the US? [more inside]
posted by zombiedance on Oct 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Planning a 100 Mile Hike

We want to do a 100 mile backpack trip over a week next spring. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on Sep 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Good water filters for backpacking trips?

What are your recommendations for a good water filter for backpacking trips? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on Jul 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Tent poll: Two people and a dog?

Great backpacking tent for two people and a large dog? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Jun 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Petrified new hiker needs your help

I'm a female in my early 20s and am going on a company hike to to the juan de fuca marine trail in a few weeks. We're hiking like 23 miles in two days and carrying 20-30lb packs. The trail has been described as "moderate to difficult." I am not overweight but I am NOT in shape. I do not work out. I am afraid this ordeal might just kill me. I am an indoor girl. I'm seriously regretting my decision to do this. But it's too late to go back now. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Jun 7, 2009 - 40 answers

Let's figure out a good backpacking trip

[BackpackingFilter] Dear Mefi, My brother and I our planning a week long backpacking trip for the end of the summer (August/September), but do not know where to go. Help! [more inside]
posted by phrakture on Mar 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Am I safe to solo camp without a tent?

Solo tent-less camping - safety tips? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Feb 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Camping, hiking, backpacking suggestions for a beginner in the Midwest?

Summer isn't THAT far off . . . already trying to come up with camping/hiking spots in the Midwest for once it gets warm. Help! Looking for specific recommendations for spots in the IL/IA/WI area, plus whatever other random camping and backpacking tips you want to throw my way. Bonus points for places I can bring my dog, although I don't mind leaving her with my parents for a week either. [more inside]
posted by lblair on Feb 12, 2009 - 18 answers

1-3 Night backpacking in the Catskills, in the next 5-6 months.

Sometime from March to early summertime several of us would like to go on a backpacking trip from NYC. I need to hear about nice hikes in the Catskills. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jan 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Backpacking Advice

First time backpacker heading to the pictured rocks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this August. Help me have fun on my birthday without...you know, dying. [more inside]
posted by janelikes on Jul 7, 2008 - 13 answers

lord and lady of the flies

Going backpacking in northern Vermont soon - any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jun 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Backpacking near Portland OR?

What are some great backpacking trips (2-4 days, up to say 30 miles) with a 5-hour drive of Portland, OR? Loops preferred, but out-and-back is OK.
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 9, 2008 - 7 answers

I'm going camping!!

5-day spring backpacking recommendations in the western US. [more inside]
posted by itsamonkeytree on Apr 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Back Country Camping in or around Yellowstone

We (my kids and I) are staying with friends just outside Yellowstone this summer, and I am planning on doing a one to two night back-packing jaunt with the teenagers. Any recomendations on back country camp sites? [more inside]
posted by readery on Mar 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Backpacking near Albuquerque

Best place to go backpacking within a two-hour drive of Albuquerque? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Nov 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Multi Day Hikes in Colorado

Any suggestions for a 3 day hike in Colorado? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Aug 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Need to get the most out of my short vacation!

Where should I go backpacking between Bigfork, MT and Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by crawfishpopsicle on Jul 11, 2007 - 10 answers

A Walk in the Woods

A few friends and I are looking to start backpacking this summer but on a budget. [more inside]
posted by god particle on Jun 14, 2007 - 23 answers

Northern California Backpacking in January

Is there a good place to go backpacking in January in Northern California that doesn't involve a lot of snow? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo on Dec 25, 2006 - 7 answers

Where to go backpacking in Northern California or Nevada over Thanksgiving?

Anybody know a good camping / backpacking spot in California that's not snowed under yet and is a decent drive from San Francisco (< 8 hours, not involving snow chains)? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Nov 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Extreme budget travel in Eastern Europe

I need practical advice for extreme budget travelling in Eastern Europe this summer. [more inside]
posted by mosessis on Apr 25, 2006 - 9 answers

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