Backpacking in the US
Replies: 22 - Last Post: May 25, 2012 7:03 PM Last Post By: Fudgy_the_Whale
May 24, 2012 1:16 PM
Backpacking in the USIs there such a thing? I live abroad and i am going backpacking in South America, however, my brother is getting married in Chicago, Illinois in mid Aug. So my plan is to fly south only right after the wedding. Meanwhile, i was thinking to maybe do a week or two of hiking trails in the area. I wont have a car so i will be dependent on public transportation. So is there such a thing? What would you recommend?
May 24, 2012 1:54 PM
1It sounds like you mean backpacking in the US sense and are American. So I'm a little surprised that you've apparently never heard of the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail, just for starters.
I'm afraid I can't help with trails near Chicago. And it can be tricky to get to trails by public transportation. They generally try to avoid towns, qlthough inevitably they do run through them sometimes, e.g. The Appalachian Trail through Harpers Ferry WV.
May 24, 2012 2:51 PM
2Not too far away from Chicago is the 1000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin:
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath — entirely within Wisconsin — that highlights these Ice Age landscape features while providing access to some of the state's most beautiful natural areas.
May 24, 2012 3:08 PM
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May 24, 2012 4:47 PM
5#1 Out of mild curiousity, what does Backpacking mean in the American sense?
May 24, 2012 5:52 PM
May 24, 2012 6:39 PM
7Here's one option: Take Amtrak train from Chicago to Harpers Ferry, WV - about $120USD per person. It's about a 15 hour overnight train ride. The Appalachian Trail is easily accessed from Harpers Ferry, and provides an excellent backpacking experience.
May 24, 2012 7:02 PM
Backpacking refers to putting a big ass pack on your back and doing a multi day walk/camping trip. Backpacks were first invented and built for this reason.In the US if you want to designate it as a form of travel, or a style of travel you need to use a classifier.
Im going to go travel backpacking (or backpack travelling) in Patagonia and Argentina this fall
May 25, 2012 12:47 AM
9Thanks for the responses. I used to live in California until i was 6 years old so my knowledge with the American multiday trails is obviously not so big. It seems like Illinois really isn't the place to be hiking however Michigan seems like it might have some nice trails.
Any ides for a specific trail that will take me about a week or two to finish? I also want do the nights in a tent so i need a trail that allows sleeping/camping on the trail or near by.
May 25, 2012 1:15 AM
10#1 Out of mild curiousity, what does Backpacking mean in the American sense?
Backpacking in the American sense means hiking in the back country of national parks and other wilderness areas - carrying what you need in your small pack.
Of course in Australia (and much of the rest of the Western world) - it means staying in dodgy hostels along the backpacker trail, shagging mercilessly (and often publicly) in dorms, watching live EPL soccer games at 4:00am in over-priced bars, getting very sunburnt, and drinking a huge amount of beer between the ages of 18 and 25.
Either option is viable.
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