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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

Help me beat the crap out of my camera

How can I best protect my dSLR camera during a rugged hiking trip, while still keeping it accessible for shooting? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jun 23, 2014 - 14 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

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

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

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

Where should I go backpacking in Los Padres National Forest?

Where should I go backpacking in Los Padres National Forest? [more inside]
posted by pknodle on Aug 1, 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

If you're in the Eastern Sierras, you have GOT to see...

Things to do in the Eastern Sierras and Mono / Inyo counties, California! Your favorites? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jun 30, 2011 - 13 answers

how to make backpacking not totally suck?

What are your packing and predeparture tips for making light-moderate backpacking trips more enjoyable and less painful and exhausting? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Jun 2, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me find hiking equipment?

What piece of outdoor equipment am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on May 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Inspire me to grand adventure

Help me find engaging audio sources of accounts of people hiking the AT or PCT or something similar. [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 on Apr 10, 2011 - 6 answers

I need Rain Gear

Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Mar 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Individually packaged OTC Meds in Canada?

Is there some (legal?) reason why I can't seem to find individually-packaged OTC medications in Canada (eg. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin...)? What are some alternative ways to package small amounts of meds for a backpacking first aid kit? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Nov 5, 2010 - 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

Backpacking with a dog

I’m thinking of going on a solo backpacking trip with a dog and am looking for location ideas. [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Sep 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Tips for a first-time backpacker!

My first ever backpacking trip is coming up, and I'm pretty much all ready but I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice or share some experiences. [more inside]
posted by hempgranola on Jul 14, 2010 - 28 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

Backpacking in the Northeast

Where to backpack for a week in Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire in September? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on May 29, 2010 - 4 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

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

Backpacking with steel-toe boos?

I have a pair of Wolverine Steel-Toe work boots that I like and have gone hiking several times in. However this summer I'll be going on a week long backpacking trip and was wondering if there are any major downfalls to long term hiking in steel toe boots. [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on May 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Now what am I going to spend my dividend on?

Help me find a new backpack! [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Mar 24, 2010 - 3 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

How great is the risk of theft in Yosemite?

My girlfriend and I are planning a back country loop in Yosemite National Park mid to late May. How great is the risk of theft if we hike in to Little Yosemite Valley camp early and leave pretty much everything in our tent for the day while we summit Half Dome? (Personal recommendations for the park also accepted – check after the jump.) [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jan 6, 2010 - 5 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

Help us plan our Colorado Adventure

My wife and I are planning a backpacking trip to Colorado for the end of August. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Jul 26, 2009 - 15 answers

What else is there to do in Alaska beside running for governor?

Boyfriend and I decided to go to Alaska in August. We'd like to hike or backpack: where should we go? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jul 5, 2009 - 16 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

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

What equipment do you take on a long hiking trip or when backpacking in the developing world?

This is a gear nerd thread soliciting your ideas and favorite equipment, related to hiking/trekking and traveling in third world nations. Here's a list with URLs of stuff I currently use, any ideas are welcome! [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Aug 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me with my chafing thighs!

Hiking and chafing: make the pain stop! [more inside]
posted by nursegracer on Aug 7, 2008 - 19 answers

Hiking Olympic National Park

Where should we backpack in Olympic National Park? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Aug 4, 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

Are there lightweight solar stills that work?

Does anyone know of a super lightweight (i.e. backpackable) solar still that could be used to purify sea water on a long trip? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send on May 26, 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

This all looks very familiar...

US backpacker bored with the Southern Deciduous Forest ecosystem. Any suggestions in the Southeast? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Apr 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Where in the NE US can a new backpacker get his backpacking wings?

I have decided to spend my (non-hypothetical) vacation backpacking alone for the week, in the mid-atlantic or northeastern US. However, I am not sure where is best for me to do this, as I have a number of minor concerns and have not done extended backpack travel on a schedule like this -- at least not as a civilian. Specific concerns follow, and overlap somewhat, so apologies for that. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Apr 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Big packs for big guys.

Recommend a backpack for a big guy... [more inside]
posted by iamabot on Mar 20, 2008 - 16 answers

We'll be comin round the mountain.

The best week long backpacking trip in the United States? [more inside]
posted by sophist on Feb 21, 2008 - 20 answers

I will not walk 5000 miles

Backpacking question about the I & M canal corridor near Joliet...can I take the Amtrak in? [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jan 6, 2008 - 6 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

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