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Backpakcing Bucket List
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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Backpakcing Bucket List on 12/06/2008 11:37:42 MST Print View

I just saw the movie, The Bucket List, which is a funny & thoughtful movie about two terminal cancer patients who meet in a hospital and decide to make a list of things they wanted to do with the few months that they have left.

After seeing it, it got me thinking about what backpacking adventures I wanted to do before I kick the bucket.

Just for fun, list 3 or 4 backpacking related things you want to do before you kick the bucket.

Also, please list your age, as it would be interesting to see the differences in list based on a person's age.

Mine are:

1. Go one a 2-4 week trip with my daughter when she is an adult. (She is 5 yrs old now)

2. Complete the Pacific Crest Trail

3. Complete the Appalachian Trail

I am 39 yrs old.

Edited by Valshar on 12/06/2008 13:13:24 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Backpacking Bucket List on 12/06/2008 12:07:36 MST Print View

Hey Tony nice thread, my list is:

Kauai- Along Kauai's Na Pali Coast
Colorado Trail
Sierra High Route

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Bucket list on 12/06/2008 12:29:22 MST Print View

The 3 big trails - PCT, AT, CDT
Machu Pichu
Everest Base camp. Used to be Everest, but I got too old.

b s
(smyth) - F
Nice thread on 12/06/2008 13:31:32 MST Print View


Edited by smyth on 07/23/2011 08:17:28 MDT.

Linda Vassallo

Locale: Eastbay
Re: Backpakcing Bucket List on 12/06/2008 14:29:33 MST Print View

Hi Tony, great idea. Here's my list.

High Sierra Loop (but not stay in the "tent cabins")

There are so many places I'd like to hike with my husband but these would be highlights that I know of currently.

I'm 59 - the clock is ticking!


Edited by eastbayhiker on 12/07/2008 13:17:30 MST.

Eric Fredricksen
(efredricksen) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Backpakcing Bucket List on 12/06/2008 14:58:06 MST Print View

1. Tahoe Rim Trail

(Pretty short list, but my bucket is minimalist - only 550ml. I'll resupply after I do #1.)

John Whynot

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Backpacking Bucket List on 12/06/2008 15:49:52 MST Print View

I'd have to say that Roper's Sierra High Route is on my list, but I'm still planning my big trips for 2009:

1 - 2 week Appalachian trail section hike
2 - Maroon Bells 4 pass loop

Edited by jdw01776 on 12/06/2008 15:50:44 MST.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
Fun thread on 12/06/2008 16:25:05 MST Print View

Age 50.

Sierra High Route
Anything in Alaska
CDT in the San Juans, but this time with my two daughters

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Backpacking Bucket List on 12/06/2008 18:46:02 MST Print View

age 59 (soon)

Wonderland Trail
anywhere a former co-worker wants to take me in Glacier NP
winter BWCAW traverse

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Backpacking Bucket List on 12/06/2008 19:46:22 MST Print View

Keep doing 6 to 10 day trips (solo and in company) as long as I'm able.

Age: Pretty close to 70.

Jeremy Cleaveland
(jeremy11) - F

Locale: Exploring San Juan talus
Backpakcing Bucket List on 12/06/2008 22:56:17 MST Print View

good movie

age: 25

Location: San Juans Colorado

List - very incomplete
A big thru hike (or more than one)
Antarctica - anything (when I find a pot of gold)
Patagonia - anything
Hardrock 100 - going for my first 50 mile ultra this summer (Lake City 50)
Baffin Island

Climb El Capitan
Climb the Titan (Fischer Towers)
Some big route in the Black Canyon
A really long bike tour

Climb lots of peaks - known and unknown - the more the merrier

share the joy with others

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
life list on 12/07/2008 12:46:57 MST Print View

- a few hundred miles in the Himalayas (is going to happen this year!)
- CDT (2010)
- finish the Sierra High Route
- a hike in the Semien Mountains
- the Whakan Corridor
- something in the Karakoram
- walk across iceland
- the Hayduke Trail
- China Wall

I'm 25. In three weeks I'm taking off for a year of vagabonding (and hiking!) in Asia, then I'm doing the CDT in 2010 and the AT in 2011.

Edited by Found on 12/07/2008 12:48:04 MST.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Backpakcing Bucket List on 12/07/2008 13:06:11 MST Print View

1. Week long hike in Alaska or Yellowstone with both of my sons* (26 and 30)

2. Thru hike the AT and PCT

3. Extended hike in the Alps

I am 54

* - not purposefully excluding my wife of 32 years - she's a home & garden variety that's briefly tried and then promptly retired from hiking.

James Ennis
(JimEnnis) - F

Locale: South
Bucket List on 12/30/2008 19:58:31 MST Print View

JMT - '09
Machu Pichu - '10
Colorado Trail
Everest Base Camp

I'm 49.

Justin Chaussee
(judach) - F

Locale: Earth
bucket list on 12/31/2008 23:11:24 MST Print View

interesting topic, thanks for starting this thread.

Mine would have to be:

1) The big three in USA, CDT PCT AT
2) The Inca Trail to M.P.
3) Tahoe Rim Trail (I know, not really one of the more impressive treks, but I've
ALWAYS wanted to do it.)

I'm a young one (just turned 23) so I have plenty of time, but this is my dream list.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Listing on 01/01/2009 06:52:24 MST Print View

(In no particular order except #1) The list is short on specifics since I have been focusing on #1 since about June.

1. solo Superior Hiking Trail through-hike in winter. (leaving Jan. 3, 2009 - check out Trip Announcement forum for details)
3. Climb Denali
4. Learn to ice climb
5. Do a big multiweek hike with my brother
6. Do a big multiweek hike with my GF
7. Take my dad anywhere

Edit: I'm 23.

Edited by citystuckhiker on 01/01/2009 08:20:28 MST.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Backpakcing Bucket List on 01/01/2009 08:06:33 MST Print View

1. Superior Hiking Trail
2. PCT
3. Anything in Alaska
4. Couple of weeks on the CDT and AT
5. Everest Base Camp at some point

I'm just a youngin' at 21. There's a lot more stuff I would put on this list since I've done very few extended trips, but those are the big ones I have been thinking about.


Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Backpakcing Bucket List on 01/05/2009 15:40:24 MST Print View

So many hikes, so little time! Here are the big ones:

Pasayten Wilderness, WA
Wallowa Mountains, OR
Wind River Range, WY (northern end)
Three Sisters Wilderness, OR
Goat Rocks Wilderness, WA

Lord willing (gotta throw in that caveat at my age!), I hope to do these next summer and fall. The two that are close to home were on my last summer's schedule, but the mountain snow didn't melt until August. Since I spent most of August in Colorado and the southern Wind Rivers, and started volunteer teaching in early September, that took care of the "summer"! EDIT: Age 73.

Edited by hikinggranny on 01/07/2009 14:12:59 MST.

Roman Ryder
(RomanLA) - F

Locale: Southwest Louisiana
If I do these I will be a very happy old man... on 01/06/2009 07:08:24 MST Print View

I actually started a similar thread recently on Backpacker. If you're looking for ideas, you should definitely check it out. There were a lot of trails suggested that I had never heard of...

I'm 37 years old...

Colorado Trail
John Muir Trail
Wonderland Trail
Appalachian Trail
(Hopefully, I'm doing the Wonderland Trail in August!)

Jay Trent
(jay590) - F

Locale: blue mountains, Australia
Re: Backpakcing Bucket List on 01/06/2009 22:55:51 MST Print View

1. climb the totem pole (tasmania)
2. Walk the western arthurs (tasmania)
3. climb K2
4. walk to the north pole