Custom Trip Planning

Venturing into the backcountry, especially an environment you are unfamiliar with, can be daunting. Different geography, different weather patterns, and different permitting systems, all add to the challenge. When planning backcountry trips, getting the logistics organized well in advance is a necessity for both your enjoyment and safety. Unfortunately, work and family obligations often limit the amount of time you're able to dedicate to planning.

go further than you've Ever gone

When I first got into backpacking, I had aspirations of hiking those breathtaking trails in places such as California's Sierra Nevada and Colorado's Continental Divide. Lacking knowledge of these regions, their regulations, and the best ways to get there, I found it very intimidating  to plan these sorts of trips. Admittedly, this limited my travels greatly.  

How Custom Trip Planning Works

Tell me what kind of trip you want, and I'll help make it happen. Let's say you want to explore California's Sierra Nevada, but have no idea where to start planning. Some pertinent information to consider might include...

Route Planning

What time of year is best to hike your chosen route?
 

Is the difficulty of the chosen route acceptable for all in your group?
 

Will altitude acclimation be necessary?
 

What are the best mapping resources for the area?

How to Get There

Is flying the best option?
 

What airport should you fly into? What are the car rental vs. public transportation options?
 

Are you allowed to park at the trailhead overnight?
 

What hiking route minimizes the logistical difficulties of getting to/from the trailhead? 

Permits

Does your route require a permit?
 

What is involved in the permit application process?
 

How far in advance do you need to book your permit?

 

If unable to get a permit, are there similar routes that don't require a permit?

Trail conditions

What resources can I use to stay up-to-date on current trail conditions? 
 

How much snow is there? How deep is it? Do I need snow gear?
 

How are the creek crossings?
 

Are any parts of my chosen route closed due to adverse conditions?

Alternates

If your chosen route becomes inaccessible, where else nearby may be more accessible?
 

If local regulations require campsites to be reserved, how can you work with limited site availability?
 

If you encounter trouble, what are the best bail-out points to get to safety?

benefit from My Trip planning Experience

'Discovering the Western U.S.A'

Summer of 2018

  • One month of hiking and road-tripping in California

  • Two weeks of peak-bagging in Lake Tahoe

  • Three month road trip across the Western United States while living out of a car and tent

'Returning to the Favourites'

Summer of 2019

  • 17 days exploring Utah and Arizona

  • 16 days in Yosemite National Park and Big Sur

  • 15 days exploring the Colorado backcountry

  • 15 days in the Sierra Nevada and then California Coast

'Beyond North America'

Summer of 2020

  • One month bikepacking across Italy

  • One month bikepacking across Ecuador

  • Three weeks in Peru's Altiplano

  • Four weeks hiking across Washington state

  • Two month Northwestern U.S. Roadtrip

Choose a custom package

Packages Include...

  • 3 to 7 hours of collaborative video-calls and screenshares depending on the package you choose

  • Ability to shape your trip in real-time with direct input into planning

  • Opportunity to learn trip planning skills to use on your next trip

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BASECAMP

What's Included in this Package?

  • ROUTE PLANNING

  • HOW TO GET THERE

Price:

$150

Steep Mountains

RIDGELINE

What's Included in this Package?

  • ROUTE PLANNING

  • HOW TO GET THERE

  • PERMIT CONSIDERATIONS

Price:

$250

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THE SUMMIT

What's Included in this Package?

  • ROUTE PLANNING

  • HOW TO GET THERE

  • PERMIT CONSIDERATIONS

  • TRAIL CONDITIONS

  • ALTERNATES

Price:

$400