Day: December 17, 2018

About Backcountry Vacations

About Backcountry Vacations

Strictly speaking, backcountry vacations entail non-motorized treks into remote, wilderness areas. Ideally, these involve backpacking or the use of pack animals with a hiking itinerary that involves at least one overnight camp. But newcomers to backcountry travel may want to ease into the experience starting with day hikes. The Originals Hikers get the picture in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. Hikers get the picture in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. John Muir (1838-1914) and Bob Marshall (1901-39), principle founders of the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society, respectively, are the patriarchs of contemporary backcountry travel devotees. Muir wrote of venturing into Yosemite National Park backcountry, and Marshall could hike 50 to 60 miles a day across alpine terrain. National Parks Lost Valley State Park in Arkansas is seen in early spring. Lost Valley State Park in Arkansas is seen in early spring. The National Park Service administers some of the best backcountry in the United States. Knowledgeable and helpful rangers and loads of resource material about trails and destinations facilitate planning. Teamwork A cascade runs …