I generally like my down puffy for the warmth and weight. Went on a 23 mi hike yesterday. On starting, temp of -4 F; end of day 14 F. Hard hike, lots of ups and downs & 4" of new snow to increase the workload. I zipped and unzipped to control my sweating, which I thought I did decently. Still, at the end of the day, my down was soaked and I got cold as the sun went down. It would have been dreadful if this was a multi-day hike, starting with a soaked jacket on day 2. Please impart some wisdom. Anything better than down puffy on a hard winter hike?
There will be three of us, and while it is our first backpacking trip we are experienced hikers. My main gripe is deciding how and where we should camp. During most backpacking trips do people just stop alongside the trail and set up their tents or hammocks, or do we need to have a dedicated campsite to stay at? If we need a campsite I would really appreciate advice on the best way to go about doing this in either of these areas. Thank you.
I'm the leader of a Belgian Scouts group (mixed boys/girls) of 16 y/o. This years camp will be a hiking trip somewhere where the nature is nice and we have a nice view while backpacking.
One of the possibilities was the Wales Coast path but for us Belgians to get there with a group just by public transport is almost not possible due to the long travel hours and the cost.
Another possibility is Normandy, we heard it's pretty nice there for hiking with the beaches, cliffs, and lots of variety in nature. However when looking up hiking trails there, the only thing we seem to find are small hiking trails of a few miles while we plan on hiking for 8-10 days. Any suggestions?
Hey all, I'm planning on doing some basecamp-style winter outings in the Sierras this year and I'm thinking about the feasibility of using a pulk/expedition sled for hauling gear instead of just a backpack. Obviously, there's not much in the way of maintained ski trails in the Sierra backcountry... Does anyone have experience using pulks in ungroomed, deep snow? Are they still preferable to carrying 40-50 pounds on your back or do they sink in and make your trip a frosty hell? Has anyone had luck with modifying sleds to achieve better float?
Some friends and I are going to visit my family in northwest GA in early April. We all love to backpack and are looking for a trip that we can do. There will be 4 of us. We want something that will really push us and offer some views each day. Wanting to do a 4 day/3 night trip. Willing to drive about 4 to 5 hours from the Atlanta area. Any recommendations?
Also, we may be open to going other places. We are in Louisiana and are willing to drive 15+ hours to a great location. We've researched and it seems a lot of the great places out west will most likely still be snow covered. Just want the best experience possible whether It be in the southeast or anywhere else.