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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.


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:

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


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.
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