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S Long
(Izeloz)

Locale: Wasatch
Where to go in April-May? on 01/27/2014 21:01:01 MST Print View

I have some time and money coming available around mid April thru mid May. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about a fun trip to go on. I am thinking international (I am U.S. based) around $3000 USD or less. Most of my big trips tend to revolve around mountaineering or climbing. Any ideas for a good, fun trip somewhere in the world at this time of year and given this budget? Thanks for any and all ideas.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Where to go in April-May? on 01/27/2014 21:11:10 MST Print View

Nm

Edited by FamilyGuy on 02/02/2014 08:30:16 MST.

Amy Lauterbach
(drongobird) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Where to go in April-May? on 01/27/2014 21:54:10 MST Print View

I can't speak to international climbing destinations in April-May.

For international non-climbing trips in April-May I recommend Turkey, without reservation.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=49615
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=49734

May is the best month for hiking in Scotland. We got pretty sick and tired of the grey weather and rain, but many people love it there. The Cape Wrath Trail is worth assessing.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=78369

And, of course, ANY trip in southern Utah is fabulous in April-May. You live in Utah, so you know this already. Since you've got climbing skills, you'd be able to do any of the routes in Steve Allen's "Canyoneering 2: Technical Loop Hikes in Southern Utah", or the "Overland Route" described on page 306 of Steve Allen's "Canyoneering 3: Loop Hikes in Utah's Escalante". These routes are not suitable for people who lack advanced navigation skills and class 5.0 climbing skills. We have photos posted for only one Southern Utah trip -- http://amyl.smugmug.com/Backpacking/UT-OR/200904-Escalante-River -- but we've taken ~10 trips down there and we can offer ideas if you aren't already very familiar with the options.

April-May is too early for the Pyrenees. However, we've thoroughly enjoyed some of our trail hikes in the UK and France. From your comment about climbing and mountaineering I'm guessing you might not be interested in these. If you're willing to try a trail hike, then the Southwest Coast Path would be my first choice in April-May. Staying in B&Bs for a month would be outside your budget, but if you're willing to stealth camp it would not be a problem. And stealth camping in England is often as simple as asking the bartender at the village pub where you could set up your tent. http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/

We've chosen the Alpe Adria Trail for our May 2014 trip. It is a valley and low pass route into the Alps that is suitable for a spring trip. If the snowpack is low you could do some high country side trips from that trail. Just a thought.
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=85629&skip_to_post=730055#730055

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Where to go in April-May? on 01/28/2014 00:09:26 MST Print View

Maybe the white mountains in Western Crete would be interesting in may.

Utah is spot on for those months. +1.

Edited by millonas on 01/28/2014 00:16:48 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Where to go in April-May? on 01/28/2014 00:58:19 MST Print View

This might be hard on the budget, but try the Khumbu Region of Nepal. April and May ought to show you the rhododendron forest in flower.

--B.G.--

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Re: Where to go in April-May? on 01/28/2014 01:49:08 MST Print View

Japan Alps. You'll definitely have to dirtbag it to stay under budget though.

https://vimeo.com/85209505

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Where to go in April-May? on 01/28/2014 07:17:39 MST Print View

I was also going to suggest the Khumbu region of Nepal. That's the climbing season so the prices my be a bit elevated, but other than the flight the trip itself is uber cheap if you do it independently. No more amazing place on earth!!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: A very flat place (Grrrrrrrr)
Re: Where to go in April-May? on 01/28/2014 07:21:29 MST Print View

How about Scotland.

IVAN DOMINGUEZ TEJERA
(idtejera) - MLife

Locale: CANARY ISLANDS
Scontland in May on 01/28/2014 08:12:19 MST Print View

Do you know Scotland in May? May is the best month, is when it rains less.

Oh, maybe Canary Islands, the weather is good always.I live there.

Cheers
Ivan
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Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
Peru on 01/28/2014 09:47:09 MST Print View

That's actually a great time of year to do Machu Picchu...

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: A very flat place (Grrrrrrrr)
Re: Scontland in May on 01/28/2014 10:16:05 MST Print View

Yes I know Scotland in May, it does rain sometimes.

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
Scotland in May on 01/28/2014 10:57:48 MST Print View

May was my favourite month in the west of Scotland, with one exception: glorious weather always coincided with finals. I recall walking out of my last exam in my Honours year and it started raining 30 minutes later.

Invest in a good WP/B and fleece. Forget the Chrome Dome - those sou'westerlies will either rip it out of your hands or fight you all the way.