Any hikers/backpackers on the board?

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Outlaw9, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn
    Just wondering if there are any hikers or backpackers on the board. If so what are some of your Favorite trails. One of my Favs is the Benge Scout Trail on High Knob In Southwest Virginia. They are currently working on a trail going from Close to West Va down through Va and Ky to Cumberland gap. Should be a nice trail when Completed.

    Also does anybody know any good sites to find people to hike with? Or just any good hiking sites in general.
     
  2. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,484
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2005
    Location:
    Florida
    Yes, we hike and backpack. So far we've only hiked portions of the Florida Trail, but hope to start hiking the AT this summer or next.

    Backpacker magazine has an excellent forums site where you can usually locate hiking partners in your area.

    http://forums.backpacker.com/eve

    Their main website is www.backpacker.com.
     

  3. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn
    One big Hike besides the At I would like to do is the Mountains to Sea trail. It starts in the Smokies and through Nc to the Ocean. Less than 20 people have done it so far.
    I bet the Florida trail was pretty NIce. Dont guess there are many big ups and downs on it.
     
  4. elkhound

    elkhound Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    12,741
    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Location:
    GREY'S RIVER,BARSOOM
    hey outlaw.....i havent packed for quite sometime.but i have done portions of the at in giles and bland and craig counties.i live up in pulaski county from you.also done a good bit of hikeing in the indian heaven wilderness in washigton state.
     
  5. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn
    Elkhound if you ever get this way The Scout trail I mentioned is about 17 miles and mostly downhill if you go the right direction. Its starts in Norton It ends at little stony falls in Scott County
     
  6. elkhound

    elkhound Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    12,741
    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Location:
    GREY'S RIVER,BARSOOM
    you do any trapping?? i know a trapper down your way.
     
  7. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn

    I use to when I was in school. Biggest thing I ever caught was a possum. Would love to get back into it. I still got a few traps. Does the guy Buy furs and sell traps?
     
  8. elkhound

    elkhound Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    12,741
    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Location:
    GREY'S RIVER,BARSOOM
    outlaw..i will send you a PM..i dont want to plaster his name all over the internet.

    hey clean out your PM box its full....lol
     
  9. TNHermit

    TNHermit Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    10,153
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2005
    Location:
    East Tenn.
    I use to pack the Rockies till I moved here. Up around Estes Park, Around Berthoud pass where the avalanche was. Lived on Leadville so we were around the 14teeners a lot. Guided snowmobile up around Breckenridge. Still got most of the gear but nobody to go with and not much time. I think its the Cumberland trail that runs a few miles from me. Somebody told me that it was part of the Appalachian trail but I'm not so sure about that. i think that is farther east of here. May be an off shoot. :shrug:
     
  10. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn

    I have heard they are gonna try and connct the trail in my first post on the KY VA border which is called the pine mountain trail to the cumberland and have almost a 500 mile trail that goes into Chatt.

    Elkhound PM's are cleaned.
     
  11. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,484
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2005
    Location:
    Florida
    There are some beautiful stretches on the Florida Trail. It's not a complete trail as yet. A lot of it still follows different highways for quite a ways. We hiked the 18 mile section along Econfina Creek, and there is quite a bit of up and down along there, at least by Florida standards.

    There's one section of the trail that we haven't hiked that goes through the Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area in the Apalachicola National Forest. Backpacker magazine rated this section one of the ten toughest trails in North America. You have to wade waist-deep water for several miles along this stretch.
     
  12. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn
    Wow most other states I wouldnt think twice about a wading through the water like that. It seems like Floridas alligator population is doing awfully well at the time and would make me a little hesitant. And not to mention the exotic pets that get free down there. Im gonna read up on that trail sound interesting.
     
  13. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,832
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Location:
    Washington
    My favorite trail has to be the Copper Ridge/Whatcom Pass loop in North Cascades Nat. Park. Takes a good 5 days to hike it, but the scenery is just amazing.

    I second the Backpacker web site, I'm not active on that forum but there are lots of posters that are, some of whom I know. I'm one of the moderators at nwhikers.net, a west coast specific hiking site. (I'm jenjen there)
     
  14. RipVanArkie

    RipVanArkie The Rusty Ewe

    Messages:
    32
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Location:
    Arkansas
    www.hikinghq.net is a good one for those in the vicinity of the AT, I have learned a lot from them. Friendly bunch.
     
  15. n8tureboy

    n8tureboy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    87
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2006
    Location:
    38 10' 5.2'' N 80 8' 44.6'' w WV
    I've hiked extensively throughout WV, some of my favorite trails are in the Cranberry Glades portion of the Monongahela NF. The Alleghany Trail runs 300 miles from The AT through WV to the Pennsylvania state line. Did some camping and hiking in the Cascades a couple of years ago.....truly God's Country!
     
  16. Rouen

    Rouen Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,025
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2004
    Location:
    North East
  17. DocM

    DocM Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,314
    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2006
    Location:
    NW OR
    I used to backpack, then I got old and lazy. Then came the goats, and those cute boy goats I couldn't part with... packgoats! A strong wether can carry 50lbs. 2 people and 4 goats can stay out for over a week, no sore back. Much lower impact than other pack animals.
     
  18. Outlaw9

    Outlaw9 GO VOLS!!!!

    Messages:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Location:
    Cosby, Tn

    Packgoats huh. I think I could like that idea. Last yr i went hiking and 2 other guys brought dogs with packs to carry there beer.
     
  19. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    7,576
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Location:
    Canada
    I've done a lot of canoe backpacking along wilderness lakes and waterways in Northern Ontario.
    I've hiked trails in the past in the lower elevation Colorado Rockies (can't take the altitude.... :eek: ), parts of the Canadian rockies in Alberta, and trails in areas around the north shore of Lake Superior, mainly east of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
     
  20. RedEarth

    RedEarth Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    506
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Location:
    Utah
    I grew up backpacking. As soon as we were old enough we'd have a little pack with our diapers and some snacks. Before that we got carried. Most of my experience is in Southern Utah, especially Zion, the Escalante canyons slot canyons, places like that. Anyone else love canyoneering?