Fall is here in the Rockies, and winter won't be far behind. For many that means outdoor adventures are being shunted to the back burner. But it also means there's lots of time to plan next year's epic adventures in the National Park System. So what treks are you mulling?
A friend and I are going through books and magazines, surfing the Internet, and generally brainstorming to settle on an epic adventure for next summer or fall. And by "epic" I mean something more than just a three- or four-day backpacking trip or rafting journey.
We're talking "trip-of-a-lifetime" here, or at least something you don't bite off every year. For some that could mean finally signing up for that climb to the top of the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, or summiting Mount Rainier, or hiking the entire 93-mile-long Wonderland Trail in Rainier in one fell swoop. For others it could mean taking a few months off to hike the Appalachian or Pacific Crest trails. Or it might mean finally getting around to paddling about Voyageurs National Park.
So what say you, fellow travelers? What epic trips do you hope to checkoff before you check out?