I love the skill improvement goals. Great idea!It's shaping up to be a pretty exciting year here - hopefully this year's plans are a little more reliable than last year's. (Not that I can complain - 2020 was a good year, but it certainly didn't go as planned.)
We had to cancel our family Alaska trip last year, so we're gonna spend a little extra time this year. Mostly fishing and family hikes, but I'm hoping I can sneak away for a few nights in the backcountry.
Our planned family trips:
My longer trips:
- June: A week in Idaho w/ my wife - leaving the kids w/ Grandma
- July: Two weeks in Alaska - mostly the Kenai Peninsula, but probably getting up to Denali as well
- June/July: Father/son weekend backpacking trips w/ each of my boys
My skill improvement goals:
- August: a week in the southern Absarokas with my brother - planning on at least Younts Peak / Wall Mountain, but leaving this one intentionally open-ended
- September: a week in the Wind River (possibly solo, but a couple "maybes") - planning on a route primarily on the divide north of Gannett Peak
- October: a long weekend solo in either the Gros Ventre or Teton Wilderness
I'm also hoping I can use some of my shorter weekend trips to help areas affected by the fires this year in CO - both the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires hit some of my most frequented areas and it'd be nice to give back a little to these areas that have given so much to me.
- winter camping - I've been pushing the edges of the "shoulder season" a bit harder the past couple years, but I'm going to try at least a couple bona fide winter trips starting next weekend; very short trips for the time being
- glacier travel / mountaineering "best practices" - I don't anticipate serious mountaineering in my future, but I could definitely use some improvement and practice on these skills
- fishing - I didn't get nearly as much fly fishing in last year as I'd hoped, but I'm hoping to find/make more opportunities in 2021
I'd be interested in hearing about what you're thinking for Yellowstone. I've never been and was also going to go last September, but too much Covid stuff at work threw a wrench in my plans as well.Hoping to make it to our grand Yellowstone adventure that was postponed from this year. We'll see how it plays out.
And We do have plans for the southern part of AZ and NM this spring---again, if it pans out.
Otherwise, playing it by ear in these uncertain times,
Deer Creek/Thunder River loop in GC is fabulous if you haven't done it. You could spend a week along Hole in the Rock Rd...I bet the kids would love the slots.* Mt. Adams. Thinking of getting into mountaineering.
* Outer Rim Trail - Big Bend.
* Something in the Grand Canyon.
* Part of the High Sierra Route. A buddy of mine got 3/4 of the way through last summer and wants to finish. Gonna tag along.
* Escalante River Trail with my 8 year old.
* White Rim trail with my 8 and 6 year old. My wife has panic attacks at Lagoon so the White Rim is definitely a no go for her.
* Take the fam to Coyote Gulch.
* Uinta Highline. It's been on my list for years and something always comes up.
* Mt Wheeler via Highland Trail.
* Death Valley.
I'll be watching for your posts. I likely won't be getting away until Fall (and will also adjust plans 100 times) but something around CM/GG is high priority as is Kanab Creek/Snake Gulch. Depending on your route downstream of Collins I did that back in November and was able to locate a route out down below Redman that lets you walk the mesa back and can save a lot of backtracking. Let me know if that helps your planning and I can send you details.I'll change my mind a 100 times but hoping for desert travels in April.
Start with following through on a San Rafael Swell backpack I had hoped for last April before the lockdown, one of these:
Virgin Springs-Saddle Horse loop
Forks of Red Canyon
Cedar Mesa backpack, such as one of these:
Lower Road (below 7 Kivas)-N Fk Road Loop
Lime Canyon-rim Loop
Collins to downstream GG
Loop in some Kanab Creek Wilderness Canyons
Zion summits....getting almost too problematic to bother with finding frontcounty or backcountry camping
Shoot for 90 nights of camping
Deer Creek/Thunder River loop in GC is fabulous if you haven't done it. You could spend a week along Hole in the Rock Rd...I bet the kids would love the slots.
It's a BCP tradition unlike any other - the To-Do thread for the coming year. Let's hear about your plans for the 2021! One of the very best parts of BCP is the inspiration to get outdoors and make great use of our time. What are all you BCPers up to this coming year?
I am going to spend 15 nights in the Wind River Range this August. I think I settled on leaving from Elkhart TH and going XC as much as I can N/E doing Titcomb Basin then over Indian pass and walk on as many glaciers as I can then cross back over the divide and back to Elkhart TH.....any advice would be appreciated (this is my 1st Winds trip).It's a BCP tradition unlike any other - the To-Do thread for the coming year. Let's hear about your plans for the 2021! One of the very best parts of BCP is the inspiration to get outdoors and make great use of our time. What are all you BCPers up to this coming year?
I've never actually hiked in FL. Just once, I'd like to camp on the beach(not as simple as it sounds!)
Get that TR posted! Over 20 years since I have been there...Everglades NP - Kayak to awesome beach camping or avoid the permits and kayak in 10,000 Islands, both out of Everglades City. December is pretty nice weather. I'm planning on eventually posting a trip report from last December.
Time and distance limit me to the Panhandle, which is why it's not so simple if I want to legally camp ON the beach.Everglades NP - Kayak to awesome beach camping or avoid the permits and kayak in 10,000 Islands, both out of Everglades City. December is pretty nice weather. I'm planning on eventually posting a trip report from last December.
It's probably too far south but I remember a barrier island of white sand beach and turquoise waters south of St Pete:Time and distance limit me to the Panhandle, which is why it's not so simple if I want to legally camp ON the beach.
Last I checked, they'd completely disallowed overnight camping at the few options within a reasonable driving range due to people abusing the sites. The remaining "oceanfront" places are RV campgrounds with $80 and up/night primitive sites next to the RVs(no thanks!), and just in sight of the beach.
Guess I can camp at any state park in the region and go to the beach from there if I get some overwhelming urge to add FL to my list of states hiked in. I'm in Alabama, and my next closest for a first time hike is Indiana...
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|J||Canyonlands Needles District simple backpack with a close friend April 1-3, 2021||Backpacking||2|
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