Len's Seven Backpack Trip Destinations For 2017

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  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Western state alpine backpacking has morphed suddenly into a serious addiction for me. :)

    Last year I had quite a year but 2017 will be even crazier. Of the seven trips, only one is a repeat from 2016. Last year I hiked the Teton Crest Trail three times. Once solo, once with my friend Robb Wiley and once with my son Andy.

    This year over Christmas my daughter Barbara accepted my invitation to hike the TCT!

    1. Zion National Park in late March - - La Verkin Creek Trail overnight, Observation Point day hike
    2. Zion National Park in late April - - West Rim Trail, Angel's Landing and the East Rim Trail
    3. Yosemite: Tuolumne Meadow south to Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest, return to TM
    4. Glacier National Park in late July: Highline and Garden Wall down to Swiftcurrent pass Trailhead
    5. Wind River Range: Titcombe Basin from Elkhart Park
    6. Wyoming's Teton Crest Trail in late July - - (again) with my daughter Barbara this time
    7. Grand Canyon in early November: North Rim to South Rim

    Almost all of these require advanced reservations for permits to camp in the backcountry. I am thrilled that yesterday and today I obtained permits online for TCT and my first Zion trip.
     
  2. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    I welcome discussion of my trip selections. Would love to hear of your own experience or suggestions on any of these.
     

  3. Andy Backus

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    And for those who haven't heard, my dad is 71 years old and in the best shape of his life. On our trip together last year I had to repeatedly remind him to slow down... Seriously...
     
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  4. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

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    If you are a backcountry skier, You might enjoy the Teton Crest trail in the spring.

    Truly spectacular, and you won't have to share the trail with anyone else.

     
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  5. Len Backus

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    Oh, my, gosh!

    That would be truly amazing.
     
  6. The Trinity Kid

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    If you happen to find yourself in the Shasta-Trinity forests of Far north California, we've got some pretty good trails and mountains to tootle around in.

    Here are a couple of videos I made of a place I frequent, if anyone is interested.


    Part I - [ame]https://youtu.be/LBK13mNpCuU[/ame]

    Part II - [ame]https://youtu.be/aSGsRTIGRmk[/ame]

    --TK
     
  7. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    TK

    Beautiful area.
     
  8. John99

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    Len - I had been out to Arizona a few years back - hit West Fork Trail Sedona, Flagstaff and of course Grand Canyon. I am hooked as well, my next trip I'm hoping to make it to Zion, Angel's Landing. Cheers!
     
  9. Len Backus

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    I have also recently obtained my Yosemite permit!
     
  10. Len Backus

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    And now I have the permits for my 2nd Zion trip plus my Teton Crest Trail trip with my daughter.

    The only permit acquisition remaining is for the Grand Canyon.
     
  11. mpm418

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    Hi Len!

    Glad to hear you've obtained most of the permits you were looking for. Retirement is getting closer every day for me, I'm planning two short trips this summer, one on the North Country Trail, that one is about 30 miles, more of a get familiar with my equipment trip. Should I not become the woods entertainment on that trip I will be following it up with a 65 mile trek doing half of the Northville Placid Trail in the Adirondacks. I plan on attending another Long Range Shooting School this summer, maybe I can have a few minutes of your time discussing a Grand Teton trip next year, what to expect what equipment I'll need etc.

    Best of luck on your journeys this year!!

    MPM
     
  12. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    You bet.
     
  13. photo61guy

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    Zion National Park in late March - - La Verkin Creek Trail overnight, Observation Point day hike
    Zion National Park in late April - - West Rim Trail, Angel's Landing and the East Rim Trail
    Yosemite: Tuolumne Meadow south to Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest, return to TM
    Glacier National Park in late July: Highline and Garden Wall down to Swiftcurrent pass Trailhead
    Wind River Range: Titcombe Basin from Elkhart Park
    Wyoming's Teton Crest Trail in late July - - (again) with my daughter Barbara this time
    Grand Canyon in early November: North Rim to South Rim


    Zion park..I live in Utah.. good to be there early in the year; however there will still be crowds. Check for snow shoeing in Bryce if there is snow left. Make sure you do Angel's Landing early. It took my wife and me 70 minutes from the parking lot so leave well before dawn with headlamps. Met no one on the way up, but 55 people on the way down. West rim trail was awesome in winter w/shoeshoes/crampons. Observation Pt...wonderful!! Glacier and Yosemite mostly no experience. Teton Crest...top shelf. The Winds...bring the mosquito spray and definitely a headnet!!!! Titcomb Basin is one of my faves.... absolute beauty. We were on the other side last year summitting Gannett in my wife's quest for the 50 highpoints. April for me this year is RtoRtoR in less than 15 hours. Enjoy your photos over the years....mine can be found on a Flickr account searching for "photo61guy". All the best. Joel
     
  14. Len Backus

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    Joel

    Thank you for the tips!