Are there any places within a few hours of flat-as-a-pancake Chicago that offer a scenic, preferably hilly hiking experience?
posted by walla
on Jan 5, 2007 -
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 -
Looking for a moderately difficult circuit hike within a 2 hours drive from DC for a weekend backpacking trip. [more inside]
posted by mhaw
on Oct 5, 2006 -
I shall walk into the wild maybe for a week or so, depending on the weather, blisters, etc.
Who has recommendations for (relatively safe) *long* solitary walks in the U.S. or Canada?
Specifically, I'm looking for a hike/trail/path that I can follow -- walking 7-10 hours a day, for 5-7 days in a row. No cell phone, no computer, no schedule.
This would be a sort of annual retreat/walk/vacation/time-to-reset-my-body, that I'd like to do every year. Time to think, lose a few pounds, kick-up my metabolism, detox, chill out, regroup, spiritually recharge, etc.
Assuming I don't want to carry a gun into the wild (to protect against critters or humans), where are some interesting, safe destinations???
I'm not a survivalist and I'm not looking for an adventure per se. Prefer a minimum of life-threatening hazards and/or 100+ degree temperatures or freezing nights.
posted by pallen123
on Sep 25, 2006 -
So, I was recently told that I would be joining the Girl Scouts. Here's the thing... I'm a 35 year old male.
Help me be a great Girl Scouts dad! [more inside]
posted by BruceL
on Sep 18, 2006 -
HikinginNorthernCaliforniaoverLaborDayWeekendFilter: Help me figure out the best place for a small group to go hiking and camping for two/three days, within a (half-)day's drive of Oakland/Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious
on Aug 27, 2006 -
I’d like to learn more about what to expect on a typical backpacking (or insert activity here) trip through organizations like NOLS
or Outward Bound
. I’m 30 years old and while I’m in pretty good shape I don’t have a lot of experience with long camping/backpacking/climbing trips. I’d like to join a short expedition to learn new skills and gain confidence I need to go out by myself. Besides, it just sounds fun.
posted by ryanhealy
on Jul 19, 2006 -
Am I crazy to spend only 1 day (2 nights) in the Yosemite Park area? We've got a limited budget, and Yosemite is just one stop in our road trip down the PCH. [more inside]
posted by blastrid
on Jul 14, 2006 -
If one were to seek exploration (by car and foot) in the Florida Everglades (starting from Miami) where would be one want to go? [more inside]
posted by rare_g
on Jun 16, 2006 -
I will be visiting Boston and than (somewhat) extended New England for a couple of weeks. I want to see the city, and I want to see some nature. Help me with some suggestions for my trip! [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy
on Jun 9, 2006 -
What's it like to run/hike from rim to rim in the Grand Canyon, all in one day? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz
on Jun 8, 2006 -
Advice needed for solo female hiker: Am I safe on my own? What should I be aware of? Can you mace a snake? [more inside]
posted by vionnett
on Jun 3, 2006 -
A group of my friends and I are looking to hike the first leg of the Nantahala area AT this weekend, and can't figure out where to park and enter. [more inside]
posted by jruckman
on May 26, 2006 -
Last year I bought all of the gear my wife and I need to start spending more of our free time in the woods, hiking and camping. The issue is she is a city girl (well, Long Island) and has never been camping and is deathly afraid that bears (or other wild animals) will get us. [more inside]
posted by camworld
on May 25, 2006 -
I will be in Seattle in mid-August and would like recommendations for short (2-3) hiking trips that are accessible by public transit. Or by car (no more than 45 minutes from downtown). Thanks,
posted by quintno
on Apr 29, 2006 -
Let's say you just joined a hiking club
... you're in decent shape, but haven't really hiked on any kind of regular basis since you were a Boy Scout. You need boots
... boots that would cover a variety of hiking situations
, most anyway. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by Witty
on Mar 23, 2006 -
When I walk/hike for any length of time, my hands swell and fill with blood, turning bright red to purple. It's painful, and scares the hell out of my wife. What's going on?
posted by jsteward
on Mar 12, 2006 -
Re: binoculars. What do I look for and what is the best for my money? We are hiking/mountaineering with kids. [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Jan 30, 2006 -
What is the best area of the Great Wall of China to see, with one full day to devote to the trip? [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Dec 5, 2005 -
Multiple day hikes? I'm interested in information on hikes that take place over a series of days. The caveat is that at the end of each day, you arrive in some lodge or other place even though the hike itself is fairly rural. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta
on Dec 3, 2005 -
I’m looking for a 2-5 day backpacking trip with warm weather in January/February. Anywhere in the continental US is fine, sub-freezing temperatures at night are ok, but I’d prefer no snow and daytime temps consistently above 60 F. Any suggestions?
posted by F Mackenzie
on Nov 27, 2005 -
I get itchy and stinging legs (no hives) when I jog for 15 minutes (indoor or outdoor, hot or cold weather) and when I hike in cold weathers. When I stop walking or jogging, while I am still outside, it disappears after a while.
Any contact to my skin during this period, triggers the itching and stinging. I tried to wear different fabrics, from cotton to microfibres, and applied mosturizing lotions, nothing worked. I had allergy test that is clean. I don’t know if any relation to this but most of the times my legs are cooler than my rest of body, even in indoor.
Any body has an idea what is this?
posted by breeze01
on Nov 15, 2005 -
I'm looking for things to do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks this Veteran's Day weekend. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul
on Nov 8, 2005 -
Fall foliage! I'm going to be in NYC next week, and I'm hoping to escape the city for a couple of days to see the leaves. Any recommendations for good places to hike in the forest, eat a good dinner, and stay overnight, 2 hours or less from New York?
posted by fuzz
on Oct 14, 2005 -
What's there to do in the area around Ely, MN, that doesn't involve paddling? [more inside]
posted by COBRA!
on Sep 1, 2005 -
Have you ever known someone to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2200 miles straight through? [more inside]
posted by Ugh
on Aug 25, 2005 -
My wife and I will be spending two days in Yellowstone, and we're looking for input on what we must see/do while we're there. Good day-hikes, great vistas, "secret" places, etc. are what we're looking for. Also, while we'll be camping, any suggestions for fun local restaurants or museums would be great. [more inside]
posted by abingham
on Aug 15, 2005 -
I'm going on a three-week backpacking trip in the mountains, and I'm trying to find a good resource for food planning. [more inside]
posted by ORthey
on May 17, 2005 -
This summer, some friends and I plan on going camping and we're looking for some good overnight camping spots and hope some you might know a place or two that rock. Waterfalls to visit & swim in and drinking copious amounts of alcohol at night not being a problem is a plus and am willing to drive a few hours.
posted by jmd82
on May 7, 2005 -
My summer trip to England will include a three-day, forty-mile hike through the westernmost part of Cornwall (Lands End and some on either side). Advice on the area and the hike would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anapestic
on Apr 20, 2005 -
I do a lot of hill hiking in hot weather, up and down on both paved and unpaved trails. I have a high arch and underpronate. How can I zero in on some good trail shoes? I don't want full-fledged hiking boots, just cushioned trail runners with toe & sole protection for the pebbly & stony parts.
posted by mono blanco
on Apr 19, 2005 -
Due to a lucky alignment of stars, I have a 5 day vacation slot appear out of nowhere. I semi-randomly picked a destination: on Tuesday night I am flying out to Los Angeles, renting a car and driving into desert. What must I see/do? [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy
on Mar 20, 2005 -
HikingFilter: Two fairly fit, moderately experienced hikers looking for some new challenges. One would be for February, one in April and the limitations include anywhere in the Northern US/Canada. Suggestions?
posted by dflemingdotorg
on Jan 6, 2005 -
Joggers, Hikers and Marathon walkers, your attention please! I love to walk, but experience troubles with chafing. For particularly long walks (5 hours and beyond), I used to use a product called Chafe Eez, manufactured by a now apparently defunct company called Second Wind. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Dec 13, 2004 -