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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 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

Simple Shenandoah Hikes

I am looking for some simple scenic hiking in Shenandoah National Park to do on a day trip starting out driving from Charlottesville, VA and returning on the same day. I'm looking for something comfortable and not too technical but have no problems with exertion. I don't want have to clamber over rocks, ford rivers or get too dirty but I am willing to go for long uphill walks. Basically, I am fit but not outfitted for serious off trail hiking on this vacation.
posted by srboisvert on Nov 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I find a quiet, no rules place to camp in Northern MD or southern DE?

Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Sep 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me enjoy the scenic views

How and/or can I get over my fear of (a specific kind of) heights? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Aug 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Picnic Booze!

What are some tasty, pack-able, maybe a little bit special meal-ish type things I could take along for an after-hike picnic in the woods? This is obviously for a date. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu on Aug 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me plan a trip to Colombia--especially tips on trekking El Cocuy

I want to hike in El Cocuy, Colombia next month, but I need to figure out some details. Have you been there? Can you help? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Jul 14, 2011 - 1 answer

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

Hacking the outdoors

Help me survive two months of field work! What gear should I bring along? [more inside]
posted by the oxford comma on Jun 4, 2011 - 22 answers

Help us do Wales right.

A friend and I are planning a trip to Wales (we're both in the UK). The only thing she really wants to do is go to Snowdonia and do a bit of hiking, and the only thing I really want to do is go to Milford Haven, the town where my grandmother grew up. We also might want to visit a castle. How can we do this, without a car? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jun 1, 2011 - 7 answers

It's three fingers to the next campsite

Is there a topo map of the Superior Hiking Trail that gets granular enough to be useful on the trail? or a few maps that cover the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Apr 22, 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

Eat, pray, love only if you're Julia Roberts, otherwise drink, pray for death, nurse hangover

Where can I find stylish outdoor/travel clothing? [more inside]
posted by superquail on Mar 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with my dog - a 2-part question

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with my dog - a 2-part question [more inside]
posted by PepperMax on Jan 27, 2011 - 30 answers

Get outta town.

I'm a total noob when it comes to off-roading; can you help me figure out how to get started? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jan 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Camping and hiking in Yellowstone

I’d like to take hiking trip with a friend in the American West this summer and I have overlapping questions on how to get the most out of the trip. I am at the early stages of planning so tips on general resources are as welcome as specific answers. [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack on Jan 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Oh, the weather outside is warmer!

Location recommendations needed for a warm weather hiking trip in early March! [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jan 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Winter day-hikes around Minneapolis

Does anyone have a suggested day-hike in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area for this time of year? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Dec 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Do You Snowshoe?

So we're heading out to Denver for the holidays, and as middling East Coast hikers, are super excited to get in to some real mountains. Can you tell me more about the how, where, and what of the snowshoe? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Dec 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me plan a trip to Joshua Tree, CA

Help me plan a 3-day trip to Joshua Tree (CA). Or alternatively, suggest another really cool natural area to check out in Southern California in late January. I am in my cousin's wedding in the L.A. area and am coming with my girlfriend. We decided to take a few extra days--she's never been to California and I've only ever kept my visits to family time, usually in the OC area. We're renting a car, so we'll have transportation. Is late January a good time to go? Do you have any recommendations for gear rental (doubt I'll be able to climb, unfortunately)? I have gear at home in Michigan, but I'd like to travel light. If you have alternative suggestions--they can be around L.A.--I'd love to hear them. Thanks.
posted by SpicyMustard on Dec 16, 2010 - 15 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

Tell me where to hike in the northeast US!

My partner and I are planning a week's vacation, focused on hiking, in mid- to late October. We are trying to figure out where in the Adirondacks, Vermont, etc. we should go. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Aug 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Figuring out logistics of camping & hiking in Alaska

Camping in Alaska: I'm looking to camp at the Eklutna Lake campgrounds 3 weeks from now on way to a 4 day sojourn into Denali State Park. However, I can't reserve a spot in advance. How likely is it that there will be no free campgrounds available, being slightly after the end of the summer season? What are some similar quality campgrounds in the "between Anchorage & Denali" zone if Eklutna is fully booked? [more inside]
posted by Darke on Aug 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Favorite trails in Utah's National Parks?

What are your favorite trails in Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Aug 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Can you suggest a good base for some hiking in Switzerland?

Can you suggest a good base for some hiking in Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Aug 2, 2010 - 5 answers

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