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Well I apologize for the placement of this post and also for my atrocious grammar.
I recently lost my local job here in town and found another job/jobs out west. In three weeks I will be leaving for Salt Lake City area Utah. Then around May 19th I will head out to Colorado, for a month long job with a nonprofit organization called SCC "Southwest Conservation Corps." I will be living in Salida CO. From what I am to understand it is a back country job repairing trails, and campsites "I'm sure there will be other jobs but that’s all i know of at the moment". Now like I said I will be leaving for another job in Utah before hand with some immediate family, to build up what I would call a "nest egg." i apologize for the back story but the questions/statements will come.
Now I thought this through and I have decided, while I’m out west I might as well do some packing on my own. My plan is to do some small training hikes "maybe get to some rock climbing lessons" in Utah while I’m working with my family. Then after the job in Colorado I plan to stick around and maybe hit some of the national forests nearby: Gunnison, San Isabel, Grand Mesa, Etc. After that I actually plan on heading over to Durango CO, to meet up with a friend for a couple days. At this time I am thinking as far as how cash flow goes I may or may not head back to Salt Lake City, to do some more work for my family for a couple weeks. Either way if I do or do not go back to work, this is where the real trip starts. As far as where to go after this point my plan is to head for Grand Teton/Yellowstone NPs. Probably stay in Jackson for awhile. "My time in each place really depends on who I meet or what I find." after I have had my fun there my plan is to head north to Glacier NP. As far as the area I will pack in I have no idea. I have done little research on Glacier and I have never been there before so I understand that I have a lot of reading to do. At this point it all matters on time/money. I would love to stay the winter because I love the snow, but I also have some friends in Seattle with an extra room. So in all honesty I am thinking of maybe heading out to Olympic NP. Again though it’s all rather tentative. Well I have a couple questions considering this site is a plethora of knowledge and advice. I was curious if there are a couple “gems” near any area that I may go through as far as low typical summer population and a good trip all around? Another pertaining to Glacier I am actually wondering what hikes would be good to start out with, thinking like 2-3 day hikes. And build myself up to the more difficult and longer trips.
Now as far as my experience goes. Ever since I was 13 I would travel up to northern Minnesota to canoe/trail/camp in the boundary waters with a friend’s family till I was about 19. I know it’s not the same but its experience none the less. From portages to me and my friends inexperienced paddling “or what they were calling the J stroke.” It was a complete workout. And I understand the hard work it takes to pack. Also I recently had taken a trip out to Seattle, WA. Where I had done a couple day trips nothing extravagant, but I did hike around the cascades for about a week, doing day stops at a friend’s house to recoup. So my experience really doesn’t entail anything with high altitude. The thing is though ever since I found out about getting the job I have been doing some training and reading. From what I have read as far as back packing you want to pay special attention to your hamstrings. Although out here in western Wisconsin “La Crosse area” we don’t have any real elevation. We do have the bluffs which the highest is about 1200, laughable I know. So after acquiring a new pack I have been slowly building up the weight in my pack and hiking up the bluffs. I started at about 20 lbs and did that for about a week. Right now I’m at about 25 lbs and feeling comfortable to go to 30-32 lbs. I try and do 6 miles total up and down. Although sometimes the work all seems so futile coming from Wisconsin, where we take a little too much pride in our drinking abilities. “As I sip a delicious stout while writing this.” So I was wondering if there was any exercises that any of you know about that would help with my endurance?
Any experiences, stories, trip knowledge will help a ton!!
Thanks so much in advance !