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http://www.rei.com/adventures/trips/weekend/smb.jsp

I am really really close to committing to this trip. Have to train for it though.. gotta be able to carry 35 lbs over 13 miles.

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Also found the outfitter REI is using, we can create our own customized trip that's not as strenous, for beginner backpackers, be cheaper, as in just 2 nights and 3 days. If we also stay the night before and the night after the trip, just camping in the state park, that will be a 4 night and 5 days trip.

Otherwise if I can't get enough people then they have a women's trip that I'll do:
http://www.awalkinthewoods.com/pages/wd_women.htm

So chime in if you're interested! I'm looking at sometime between the last weekend of Sept to Early Nov.

Comments

dnivie
Sep. 7th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun
Sounds like fun. I haven't been backpacking these last few years, which is a pity 'cos I really do love it.

Is this a tent-trip ? Or do you sleep-over in some kinda shelter/cabin ?

If you're not used to backpacking and don't know the basics, it is sensible to go on a guided trip. Once you have some more experience though, there's no reason you need a guide, which adds a lot to freedom and subtracts from price.

The Norwegian trekking association arranges a lot of trips like these, http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/ and also operate a lot of cabins/shelters that every member gets a key to. You still pay a bit for use of the cabins (including cooking-fuel, firewood etc), aproximaly $25/day, and you'll need food in addition to that. But it's still a very cheap and very nice way to go backpacking.

For a week of backpacking, (7 nights, 8 days) I ususally spend aproximately $400. Half of that for the lodging, the other half for food and various.

The nice thing about going guide-less is to be able to wake up in the morning, feel the condition of your legs, have a glance at the wonderful weather, and go "nah, today I'll just make a 2 mile stroll to that nice sea back there and have a swim. Thereafter I'll spend the rest of the day reading a book in the shade."

Time is the ultimate luxury. Preferably time during which you *have-to* do absolutely nothing.
ripresa
Sep. 7th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds like fun
wow that sounds very organized.. i bet there is something similar here.. but i don't know about it yet