What we're about

Ever suddenly realize that the weekend is almost upon you and you have a few free days, but can't find someone with an open schedule to accompany you on that killer hike you've been wanting to do for months? Or have you tried to organize a trip through another backpacking meetup and found that it's a mess of coordinating schedules? Here's the place to post your idea, no matter how short the notice.

We are a collection of backpackers from absolute beginner up to hard-core mountaineering folks all looking to share some new adventures with new friends. We will have regular events hosted by our organizers but we also welcome the community to post their own trips to see who else might be interested in joining.

A couple of things about being part of our group:

1. Safety! Know your abilities and your limits. If you find yourself over your skills, be vocal and let others know.

2. Respect nature! Practice good stewardship and leave it cleaner than you found it.

3. Respect Others! Be mindful of how your decisions can impact them, especially when it comes to safety!

4. Be patient! If you like to grind out the miles be patient if your group isn't quite up to your level.

5. Be generous! Some trips will be free, others will be paid, it is all dependent on what the organizer decides. Even if a trip is free, offer to help with gas for the car pool or bring a dessert to share on the trail.

Upcoming events (4)

Camping Labor Day Weekend: Big Pine Lakes!!! Glaciers, Roaring Rivers

Big Pine Creek Trailhead

This year we get to start and end the summer at an amazing place.

Memorial Day Weekend Filled. Don't miss out here too

Big Pine Lakes is an amazing hidden gem. The water is a crazy hue. The Minarets rising above are stunning.

RSVP does not guarantee your spot. Payment is the only way to secure you place. Payment link https://py.pl/PizYU

Our events always fill up. And with lower limit . . . it will fill faster.

You don't see trips often to Big Pine Lakes. This is because area is only open from May to October. With such a small window sites are super hard to get. Especially for holiday weekends.
AND WE HAVE A PRIVATE SITE FOR Labor Day WEEKEND!!!!!!

Our site is amazing. Tons of conveniences. Small rustic cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Many of the sites have electrical and water. or close by. Restrooms are close. Space for cars nearby.

Tons of shade from mature pines for many of the sites

We are steps away from the trail-head AND steps away from the roaring glacier fed Big Pine Creek.

Drive Time to the site from LA is reasonable with beautiful places to visit and stop at on the way there or home. From SF . . . it's a longer drive.

You only need the basics of camping gear. Perfect for first-timers. We have zooms ahead of time for First-timers.

Food: Everyone brings, stores and prepares their own food. This is for safety AND allergies. It's impossible for us to provide food that meets every diet limit, restriction, allergen. All food remains covered

Hiking and excursions: Since there are multiple things to do, we will use this to a social distancing advantage. Hikes & excursions will head out at multiple times making small groups

Event is rain or shine.

Dogs OK on trail and in camp.

Firewood: We will provide a bundle of firewood to start. If you want a super roaring fire you can pickup some extra at the small store.

Carpools? Normally we make a carpool resource. It goes out a week in advance of the event.

Cost for this adventure?
4 Days/3 nights on a Holiday Weekend in an AMAZING place
Roaring river, AMAZING ALPINE LAKES, cafe, side trips!

$124 Per Person https://py.pl/PizYU RSVP
17 and under are 1/2 (contact for a link)

What if I have a +1 or +whatever? Cost is Per Person. Just do the payment link a 2nd or 3rd time.

Dogs and Kids totally OK.

What if I stay two nights. Is it less? No. But since we have for Sun night you can stay as late as you want on Sunday before packing up. It gives us flexibility. Why not stay till Mon?

Refunds given if requested 2 weeks before event start. If less than 2 weeks: 100% Full Credit applied to ANY future event we run.

Are you frustrated with "surveys" that organizers have you fill out so they can discriminate? Are they even proud of discriminating and proclaim it by saying they pick and choose and exclude? The proclaim they are the bouncer at the door to keep out who they wish to exclude. Discrimination is not something to be proud of or to proclaim as a good thing.

We do NOT discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, or even for belly button lint.
*ASL interpet is available
*Hablamos Español, y other languages
*Certified Wilderness First Responder
*Certified Wilderness First Aid
*Certified CPR/AED
*Certified epinephrine auto-injector
*Covid-Safe events

Questions? Message direct
https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=273063881

We create and promote a safe and fun environment for all.

Our events fill early due to quality sites with amenities. Curated or guided hikes & adventures that are safe and fun. We welcome all, and that includes you!

Be part of the fun. Come join us on an adventure.
Main group https://www.meetup.com/TheBucketList/events/279784356/

To join in on our other events see the full calendar.
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events

Emigrant Overnight backpacking trip (for 6) Crabtree TH to Bear Lake 8 mi total

I have a Permit for 6 on an 8 mile total overnight (19th-20th) adventure in colder possibly snowy/rainy conditions in a beautiful area. I do have the 21st & 22nd on this permit also so if interested we can go to another lake to be discussed. PM me if you have questions.

The rangers told me there have been dustings of snow. No snow shoes needed yet. I prefer at least intermediate level backpackers with positive vibes (how I describe myself). I would like reasonably fit and independent fellow backpackers who have all their gear (highs of maybe 50) know how to use it and are out for a fun and safe fall getaway. It's not a race for me but more of an easy shakedown for longer trips later. I take chemical hand and foot warmers for just in case.

Bear Lake looks about 3.8 mi one way from Crabtree TH. I figure 1.5 mph hiking speed should be enjoyable for all. No campfires allowed (so far but watch for changes according to the Pinecrest ranger station) stoves OK and bear cans not required. I will car camp Monday night (Oct 18) at the trail head. Due to Covid I will drive alone. We leave at 10AM Sharp Tuesday morning. I will be the guy with a red Suzuki.
Take a look at "https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/crabtree-trail-to-bear-lake?ref=result-card" for recent experiences on this route.
It is rated as moderate for the most part.

Please Keep in mind:

1) Risk/Release of Liability--
There are risks inherent with outdoor activities. Please research information such as trail condition, weather, fire, and air quality to determine whether it is safe for you to participate. The organizers/hosts are volunteers organizing events; we are not experts or professional guides. By signing up for this event, you assume all risks and agree to hold harmless and indemnify the organizers/hosts against all claims without limitation.

2) All attendees are strongly advised to be fully vaccinated. Those interested in ride sharing are strongly advised to be vaccinated and to wear a mask during the drive.

3) Attendees will need to bring all required gear and food.

4) Although this isn’t an overly strenuous trip based on distance, elevation and terrain, some backpacking experience and good physical condition is required.

5) I reserve the sole and unilateral right to modify the trip itinerary as I deem necessary due to weather, illness, injury, inability to secure permits, or any other unforeseen incident.

Meetup on The Orient Express Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul!!

San Francisco International Airport

NEW DATE FOR 2022 as ALL 2021 departures have filled.

Don't miss. This will also fill.
Departure date from the US, May 10.
Return date May 25, 2022

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!

This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense of excessive opulence by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror elements of the original Orient Express route from Paris to Istanbul.

You will visit Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris and has a full three days there. Also staying two full days in each - Vienna, Venice, Prague and Budapest, ending with three nights in Istanbul at the luxury, historical Hotel Pera Palace.
Included: train or air travel between the 6 cities, transfers to hotels, train stations or airports, guided tours in each city, one or more meals a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!

In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.

Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for three nights
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for one night
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for one night
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for one night
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for one night
* Late evening flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for three nights.
* Sleeping compartments in the trains and First Class hotels in each city with very central location

What was The Orient Express?

It was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. And we are staying in it! The original name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. And again shortened to either Venice or Vienna. By 2007 The Orient Express was only Paris to Strasbourg, and in 2009 stopped service altogether. So the real Orient Express is but a memory.

There is a price for opulent luxury, . . . and we are NOT paying it. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.
In the end you will have visited 6 countries: France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey!

Includes:
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 10 nights in 4-star or higher category hotels with best central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before. Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1wiaAA

$3,940 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total.

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it !

Sep 10 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris Venice Prague Vienna Budapest Istanbul

San Francisco International Airport

Yes. This is not classic backpacking.
Yes. I will be bringing my backpack on this as my luggage.

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!

This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express

Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Istanbul.

The trip starts in Paris for full two days. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 3/4 days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and two full days in Istanbul. Included: guided tours in each city, at least one meal a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!

In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for two full days.
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for a full day
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for two full days
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for a full day
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for two (almost full) days
* Late flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for two full days.
* Hotel nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul

The Orient Express began in 1883. Original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. It became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. In 2009 service stopped and The real Orient Express is but a memory.

With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.

Includes:
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 6 nights in great hotels in prime central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
and more...

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

We have TWO departures to chose from
Sep[masked]https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927768/
Sep 21-Oct 2 https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927777/

$3,490 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total. Only 4 openings left.

The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before
Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1imcPZ
You can use any credit or debit card.

Questions? Ask at our Zoom this Thurs at 7PM
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278630121/

To join in on the other fun events we do
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events/

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

Past events (185)

First Ever Backpacking Trip (Castle Rock)

Castle Rock Trail Camp

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