advanced planning for my 40th, need help :)

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  1. UAHiker

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    so i'm a little over a year away from my 40th and starting to plan what i want to do to celebrate.

    here is what i'm thinking so far for locations and what i want to do, i'm right now planning on being gone for a week :

    places:
    - Alaska (possibly Denali but open to others places)
    - Glacier NP
    - Grand Tetons
    - possible other?

    what I want to do:
    - back country camping - ideally place to make a fire at night and not at a campsite if at all possible which i realize is more difficult in national parks but i don't mind them as long as it's isolated and not many people are around
    - hiking anywhere from 0-20 miles a day
    - fishing
    - exploring the area (ties into the hiking/camping)
     
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    Wind Rivers?
    Sierra?
     
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    A friend of mine once told me to save Alaska for last as much as possible.
    He said that after Alaska, everything else is a letdown. So maybe hit up all the other classic places first.
     
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    sounds like the Bob Marshall Complex would work nicely :)

    Glacier is great, but very restrictive on where you can camp; also there backcountry permit system is a little complex and sometimes requires luck; I hate depending on luck :)
     
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    lots of good places
    only thing i have to add is if you want to backcountry camp
    learn the regs and land designations for the area
    while some sensitive areas include Nat parks, that restrict such camping, they are usually surrounded by National and state forests , wilderness areas where such camping is allowed
    if your willing to do 0-20 miles a day
    for your 40th maybe do a 40 mile trek? could be a loop, or 20 out and in
    can do the 40 miles in 2 days or 5 days regardless its a 40 mile trek to celebrate your 40th
    i am thinking of doing a 50 mile trek for my 50th,
     
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    Glacier np requires you camp in backcountry campgrounds with other groups of backpackers so I'd take that off the list
     
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    i went on a babymoon with my wife to Alaska and dying to go back, so far other national parks have been awesome as well :)

    need to know more about Bob Marshall!!

    i'm liking the idea of a 40 mile trek for 40 but i might do something with 40 in it ;)
     
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    if the Bob ends up floating up near the top, I can help with some possible routes
     
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    I can vouch for Ryan Jordan- really nice guy and he'll insure it's a good trip :)
     
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    that's great to hear! have you done a trip with him? seems like an amazing time, not sure on the level to choose though if i were to do it..... i just need to get a hold of some maps and start practicing haven't done anything since scouts, um how many years now.......
     
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    no trips, but I've met him- he lives not too far away in Bozeman; I've also interacted with him many times on his site

    I wouldn't hesitate to contact him if you have questions; he'll steer you in the right direction
     
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    wouldn't you know it...... i was browsing instagram one day and saw a picture of Morain Lake in Banff National Park.... now i have something else to consider!! AGGHH!!! not that's a bad thing ;) lol

    has anybody been there? thoughts?

    here's a picture :
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    Other places to consider that aren’t as well known but offer great backpacking and mountain lake/stream/river fishing:
    • Kootenai National Forest / Cabinet Mountains Wilderness area (Where I grew up so I’m a bit biased) (NW MT)
    • Big Horn Mountains (Listen to some Longmire audio books while driving there) (N WY)
    • Wenatchee National Forest (NW WA)
    • Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (NW WA)
    • Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park (N BC)
    Watch your timing of the trip. It’s been pretty dry in much of the back country from mid-June through October. A big forest fire can affect visibility/ clarity of the skies for hundreds of miles up and down the Rockies.
     
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    I'm going to have to look into that!
     
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    thanks! in got some research to do now!
     
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    If you can swing it add a short trip to the big island and check out volcanoes national park too. Has an active lava field you can hike to. Inter-island flights when we were there for the honeymoon in 09 were less then $100 a person.
     
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    so it looks like i'll be heading up to the UP of MI for my adventure unless i can convince my wife otherwise. i told her i'd be taking plenty of precautions to stay safe like taking an inReach ect... but she said she prefer me to go to the UP just because it's closer, ie driving vs flying just in case something happens. ugh!! i was really hoping to head out west some place....
     
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    Bring back a report of the trip and have fun!
     

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