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Hiking Mount Lafayette and the Franconia Ridge Trail Loop with kids

This fall - late September - I'm planning to take my sons (age 7 and 9) hiking in the White Mountains. After a bunch of research - my #1 choice is Mount Lafayette and the Franconia Ridge Trail Loop. However, I'm a little nervous that it might be too challenging for my sons. Is this hike too ambitious? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Sep 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Hawaii for a mixed group at the worst possible time?

I'll be traveling with a friend to meet my sister and her husband in Hawaii over Christmas. It's the worst possible set of dates, I know. But it is the only set of dates which works. I'm looking for help in choosing between islands and hotel/hiking recommendations. I'm also looking for recommendations in Honolulu. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Aug 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Warm Thanksgiving non-beach vacation locales

Can you recommend a natural-beauty vacation locale that will be warm over (American) Thanksgiving? International destinations are fine but total travel time needs to fit into 5 days. Snowflakes: no (or not just) beaches, hiking should accommodate a range of fitness levels.
posted by serelliya on Jul 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Multi-day hike while recovering from a cold?

Is it a terrible idea to go on a multi-day hike in wintry conditions while recovering from a head cold? I've been planning to go on a 3-day, 3-night hike with a group this coming weekend, but at the end of last week I came down with a head cold which I'm still recovering from, and I need help deciding whether I should back out of the trip. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Swimming hole (or any other outdoor) recommendations near Phoenix, AZ?

Heading to Phoenix mid-July for work and will have a couple extra days off to explore around Phoenix. Would love to find a nice, scenic and quiet swimming hole (or maybe a great shaded hike with awesome views) within short drive from Phoenix. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Jun 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Name That Critter! (Sespe Wilderness Edition)

While hiking to the Sespe Hot Springs in the Los Padres National Forest over the weekend, I kept hearing this vocalization. (The low moaning one that repeats six times.) What creature is it?
posted by mykescipark on May 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Follow the stream...to safety?

I was reading this article recently about a woman who got lost on the Appalachian trail and sadly died. It made me think about how I had always been told (at least hiking in the Northeast of the US) that if you get lost, head downhill, find a stream and follow it to a town. Is that total BS or is it good hiking wisdom? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on May 29, 2016 - 22 answers

How do I even fit?

I've decided to work towards a UK Mountain Leader qualification, but first I need to get in shape. How... do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on May 9, 2016 - 12 answers

Groveland and Yosemite...let's dream! Toddler edition!

I've never been to Yosemite, which I'd like to remedy this summer. It's totally overwhelming to me, as I want to do EVERYTHING, but probably can do a little since we'll be bringing a toddler. Looking for recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Apr 20, 2016 - 5 answers

What smells like almonds in the forest?

While hiking on the Point Reyes peninsula (Marin County, California, USA), we kept smelling an almond smell. We poked and prodded various trees and plants but could not find the source of the smell. What would commonly grow in a costal fir forest that would smell like almonds? It was a strong "so where's the cookies" almond extract-y almond smell, though slightly more herby and piercing than that cheap bakery cookie smell. [more inside]
posted by gyusan on Apr 4, 2016 - 7 answers

What's a good day/half-day trip to the north-western Wienerwald?

I'm in Vienna for the week, the weather's great, and I've been to all the museums before, so I was thinking it was high time for a hike in the Vienna woods. Can anyone with first-hand experience of that area recommend a particular hike or day trip? I've done a little Googling but I'm looking to supplement it with up-to-date personal advice. [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes on Mar 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Do you have experience wearing a wool sports bra?

I'd like to hear about experiences with wool sports bras that aren't from gear reviewers. [more inside]
posted by barchan on Mar 22, 2016 - 8 answers

Multi-day Hikes in Northern Europe

If I wanted to spend 6-8 days hiking in Sweden/Norway/Finland where should I go/where should I look/what are my resources? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Mar 3, 2016 - 16 answers

Hell is Wet Socks

I need footwear for the out-of-doors across that's appropriate for at least three seasons, if not four. While my feet are snowflakes, I don't think I have to worry about stepping in snow … do I? What about rainy puddles or streams? [more inside]
posted by fedward on Feb 5, 2016 - 11 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overnight stay in Redwoods near San Jose

My partner and I are headed to California in August and have 2 days to ourselves. We're both very avid hikers and are interested in seeing redwoods. Help us plan an awesome 2 day hike between San Jose/Sonoma! [more inside]
posted by olya on Jul 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me find a handheld GPS that feels like it's from this century.

I want a GPS for geocaching and hiking in areas with no cell phone coverage. The ones I've seen so far look about as up-to-date as my Handspring Visor. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 4, 2014 - 19 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow really roughing it there, tough guys

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

Portland : help my girlfriend and I plan a couple awesome walking tours!

Help my girlfriend and I plan two awesome walking tours of Portland, OR! [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Aug 29, 2012 - 6 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

...Bears, oh my?

Hiking in Algonquin Park for the day, worried about bears. Silly, right? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Jul 1, 2012 - 11 answers

How to send uplifting messages by email.

My wife is hiking the Camino in Spain, the same one as depicted in 'The Way' with Martin Sheen. She's having some difficulties adjusting and could use some uplifting messages. What can I send her? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jun 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Dog-friendly outdoor destinations in the Upper Midwest

Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by compartment on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Roaming in the gloaming

I'm planning a holiday in Scotland this August with a friend. We'd like to incorporate a few days (anything up to a week) of walking. Ideally, we'd like to go on a guided walk organised by a tour company - the kind where you stay in B&Bs/guest houses each night and the tour company organises transportation of your luggage during the day. The level of walking should be of the easy-to-moderate rather than super-challenging: the goal is to appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscape rather than undertake a strenuous physical challenge. I've googled tour companies that offer this kind of thing, but I was wondering if any mefites have specific recommendations for UK-based tour companies offering this kind of holiday? Or any particular advice?
posted by meronym on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 answers

I need to go somewhere beyond the MTA subway system.

I desperately need to reset. I need recommendations for beautiful restorative places I can get to cheaply from NYC for a week long vacation that will keep me from looking like someone out of a Jacob Riis photograph. [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Apr 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Things to do near Crescent City, CA?

Later this week I'm taking my kid and her friend to the Crescent City/ Jedediah Smith National Park area. The plan is to do some hiking in the redwoods and hanging out near the beach, but I'm looking for other suggestions or recommendations for things to do in the region, assuming it's going to stay cool and rainy.
posted by pernoctalian on Mar 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Where to hike to see the sunset near Tucson, AZ

Where's a good place to hike to see the sunset near Tucson, AZ? Must involved at least 2 miles of hiking, could be more.
posted by rzperllian on Mar 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Where should we go on our hike?

Suggestions for the absolute best short hike near Asheville, NC? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Mar 16, 2012 - 8 answers

What to buy my rafting/hiking boyfriend.

Help me choose some outdoorsy birthday presents for my boyfriend! He likes to hike and he just bought an inflatable rubber raft. [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Where should I walk in Northern Ireland?

I'll be spending a couple of days near the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. Please help me plan my trip, because I'm too busy! [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Mar 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Tips for visiting Zion National Park with a baby?

On a whim my husband and I booked a trip to Zion National Park for mid-March. We love hiking and photography, and we're excited to visit Zion for the first time. Our 8 month old daughter will be with us, and we're looking for advice on getting the most out of the park with a baby in tow. [more inside]
posted by eliina on Feb 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Camping While Fat

I need tips for hiking and camping from fat-identified and otherwise overweight folks only! FYI I am 5'6. Thanks!
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Feb 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Hiking the Grand Canyon via the North Kaibab Trail

Questions about hiking the Grand Canyon -specifically the North Kaibab Trail. Can we hike the 14 miles up in one day? [more inside]
posted by yeti on Jan 18, 2012 - 18 answers

No, seriously, don't recommend Smartwool socks.

I need clothes for fall hiking/camping. Catches: I'm tiny, and I'm allergic to wool. [more inside]
posted by brainmouse on Nov 7, 2011 - 20 answers

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