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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” John Muir

Have you ever driven in the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Rockies, or been to Yosemite National Park or the Grand Canyon? Have you car camped in one of our National Forests or National Parks? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to venture out beyond the campground or overlook?

We are the one Meetup in the Hampton Roads area that ventures into beautiful mountain forests, following trails that meander over high ridges and cross beautiful mountain streams. We hike in the 'tree tunnels' along the Appalachian Trail, lined with Mountain Laurel and Rhododendrons. We hike over the passes of the Colorado Rockies and fish in the glaciated lakes of the Wind River Wilderness. We see views that only those who leave the trail head will ever see.

Our trips are normally Friday thru Sunday, with two nights camping and about a day and half hiking. Normally, we arrange carpools and/or convoys from this area to the forest trailhead and link up at the Friday night campsite. Due to differing work schedules, some people can arrive Friday in the afternoon, some may not be able to drive down until after work, arriving later in the evening, setting up in the dark by head-lamp. Saturday morning is breakfast and a meet-n-greet for late arrivals, then it's off down the trail to that days destination. Saturday night usually has a campfire with people preparing their meals and socializing. Sunday morning after breakfast, the group heads back towards the trail head and heads home. Many times the group will stop for lunch or early evening meal (victory feast!) for one last chance to socialize with everyone and to say 'so long'.

Backpacking can be expensive and time consuming and may not be for everyone. But if you're looking for get-a-ways that allow you to break-contact with the day to day rat race, commune with nature, make new friends, and above all, have fun, then please considering joining one of our trips!

We ask that you try to answer all profile questions and provide a photo when joining. This gives trip organizers a glimpse into the experience levels of those signing up for trips, as some trips are more difficult than others!

So, whether you are already an experienced backpacker who wants to hike with a new group of friends, or even lead trips, or if you've never taken that first step away from car camping and have wondered what it would be like to hike over that mountain and camp by a beautiful mountain stream, then give backpacking a try and join us today!

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Backpacking the Adirondacks High Peaks, NY

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Backpacking the Adirondacks High Peaks, NY OVERVIEW: > Achieve vast views from atop New York State's four tallest mountains, plus many more, on this backpacking adventure in the Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness. > A warm-up day hike or two, then: backpacking 5 days, 4 nights, ~48 miles, ~15,000 feel total elevation gain (and loss). Mileages and elevation-changes noted below are approximate. DATES & TRAIL PLAN: > Sat. 7/20: Drive to Heart Lake, stay in campground or Adirondack Loj there. Google Maps says: 620 miles, 9hrs 50 mins from Charlottesville. > Sun. 7/21: Visit nearby lakes, and hike 2.4 miles and 1,750 feet up to the summit of Ampersand Mountain, for 360 views. Round trip 4.8 miles. > Mon. 7/22 (bkpk day 1): 8.4 miles, +1700 & -700 feet, summit Mt. Jo, camp at Wallface Ponds. > Tues. 7/23 (bkpk day 2): 9.1 miles, +2,050 & -2,400 feet, views from Summit Rock, camp at Lake Colden. > Wed. 7/24 (bkpk day 3): 9.7 miles, +3,900 & - 3,750 feet, summit Algonquin Peak and Wright Peak, camp at southwest end of Avalanche Lake. > Thurs. 7/25 (bkpk day 4): 9.2 miles, +3,600 & -3,200 feet, summit Mt. Colden and Mt. Skylight, camp at Panther Gorge. > Fri. 7/26 (bkpk day 5): 11.3 miles, +3,000 & - 4,100 feet, summit Mt. Haystack and Mt. Marcy (highest in NYS at elevation 5,344 feet), end at Heart Lake – where we started. Stay in campground or Adirondack Loj there. > Sat. 7/27: If all of the above goes according to plan, this day is: drive back home, perhaps passing by some lakes along the way. > Sun. 7/28: Please schedule nothing for this day (in case for some reason one of the earlier days in this trip gets delayed, and we end up driving home on this day). PACE: On relative scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being super-fast -- *NOT* mph -- pace will be 3.0 to 4.0 out of 5. Leader will trek at 3.5 or so (this is not miles per hour, it reflects a slightly faster than average speed); everyone will have a walkie-talkie and will need to stay within range. GUIDE: Matthew Rosefsky, Wilderness Medicine Instructor-Trainer & Geo Medic FEE: None! Leader is volunteering his organizing & leadership time. Cover your own expenses (including food); split shared expenses (including travel and satellite phone rental). Requested $200 donation to Wild Virginia, see below. PREREQUISITE: Significant backpacking experience & stamina required. INTERESTED? 0) Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics will be followed on this trip. If you sign up, you pledge to pre-read and adhere to LNT principles. Also, everyone will be required to sign a liability waiver. 1) Fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/n5vuedu AND then right away: 2) Email: matt (at) solowfa (dot) com to say (1) you filled out the form; AND (2) what is your backpacking experience, including *all* of the following: total number of times, when last time, longest duration, maximum total mileage, typical daily mileage & elevation gain you're accustomed to; AND (3) your questions. 3) Spaces limited (max 8). It'd be a shame to turn people away when the trip fills up, and then someone drops out with too little notice for a waitlistee to clear their schedule and come. To minimize this happening, when your email is reviewed and approved, a $200 deposit is required to sign up & secure a spot. If you make the deposit but then don't show up for the trip, it's not refundable. If you do show up, you will receive your $200 back. If you are able, and wish to show appreciation to the Leader for organizing and guiding, then please strongly consider having the $200 become a donation to Wild Virginia, a fantastic non-profit in need of funds, to enable them to continue their hard work in protecting many of Virginia's wilderness areas -- which we love to visit, and so future generations will be able to enjoy it as wilderness. If you are not able to afford the donation or some portion thereof, it is perfectly fine to receive the deposit back once you've showed up for the trip.


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ITINERARY SAT 27 JUL - FLY TO DENVER (5280'), MEETUP AT AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS TO RENTAL CAR PICK UP DRIVE TO PINEDALE, WY Sun 28 jul - drive to TH, hike 6.68 mi to valley camp 1 Mon 29 jul - hike 4.67 to valley camp 2 Tuesday 30 jul - hike 6mi to dale lake Wed 31 jul - hike 7 to summit lake Thursday 1 Aug - hike 7.5 to valley camp 2 Friday 2 aug - hike 11 to car (camp or hotel pinedale) SATURDAY 3 AUG - Drive to Denver, Hotel or Fly SUNDAY 4 AUG - FLY You will need a bear container of some sort, a canister or ursack. LNT will be in effect. You will have to pay your share of the rental car costs. Be advised that if I have to rent the car and drive, I may prorate all of the costs to the passengers. Please check here often for updates and information. I am not your tour guide, we're supposed to be a group of friends participating in the planning and enjoyment of all. Although the pace will be casual, and the miles short and this is a 'fun' trip, this is only possible because we are extremely experienced. The wilderness such as this can present many subjective hazards (bears, lightening, hale storms, navigation, water challenges, High Altitude Sickness), and must be respected. Please respond regularly to comments. If I feel you are ghosting, you will be removed from the hike. Yes, I am becoming a grouchy old man. I've planned and executed 100's of these hikes here and in Europe, and sadly, more recently, folks go and don't bother to engage me or others the entire trip. Participants are expected to be social, friendly, engaging, bring a map, have all the necessary backpacking skills, understand the itinerary, and make contributions. Thank you for your understanding.

Collegiate Peaks Loop

Collegiate Peaks

160-mile loop in central Colorado. Follows along the pristine Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail as they wind through lush forests, meadows, and valleys. Trek through vast fields of wildflowers that drape the rugged mountainsides. Scan the hills for a glimpse of an elk, mountain goat, or bighorn sheep. With huge sections of trail above tree line, you'll get a healthy dose of craggy peaks and epic views. 8/28 - Fly into Denver International - Pick up car rental drive 2.5 hrs to Twin Lakes Colorado - Pick up stove fuel and what ever you forgot - Stay in Twin Lakes Hotel 8/29 - Start hike at Interlaken Trail Head 9/2 - Mile 83: pick up food drop at Monarch Pass. 9/7 - Complete hike - Drive back to Denver - Book hotel 9/8 - Fly back out This trip assumes experienced hikers that can handle at least 16 miles per day with altitudes from 8k to above 12k. Itinerary can be flexible. I would love to gauge interest.

Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP/Wilderness, North LK-South Lk Loop, 54 Miles, Bishop,CA

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

One the most spectacular loop hikes in the WORLD! Difficult (Altitude) Sep 21 - Fly to Reno, NV, rent car, Drive to Bishop (4177') (3.5hrs). Pick up Permit, Hotel in Bishop or at TH. Sep 22 - Drive to North Lake TH (9258'), Shuttle to South Lake TH (9800'). Hike 2.5 mi to Long Lake (10,822') Sep 23 - Hike 9.4 mi over Bishop Pass to Le Conte Canyon (8720'). Sep 24 - Hike 6.7 mi to Helen Lk [masked]) Sep 25 - Hike 10 mi over Muir Pass to Colby Meadows (9708) Sep 26 - Hike 8 mi to Puite Pass Trail Junction (8100') Sep 27 - Hike 9.1 mi to Lower Golden Trout Lk (10,800') Sep 28 - Hike 6.7 mi over Piute Pass to North Lake TH (9258) (car) Sep 29-1 Oct (flex days to have shorter days/more camps if wanted) & Visit Donner Pass Oct 1 - Drive to Reno, Oct 2 - Fly home! *I have permits for 4, can increase if need to. *Bear canisters required in the NP. *May possibly take extra day to acclimatize below Bishop Pass *OUTSTANDING video of trip https://youtu.be/2Ara-09S32k * My arrival time in Reno is 1230 pm 21 Sep. **Not for first time backpacking **Not for first time hiking with me, thanks for the understanding, but plenty of time to hike this summer.

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