The Appalachian Trail truly has mythic status and for many of us, hiking it is a dream. But then we look at the reality of it and find the prospect of carrying a 40-50 pound pack on our back and sleeping on the ground rather daunting. Solution? Slackpacking! We cover the same distance as backpackers, but at the end of the day we return to comfortable beds, hot showers, and freshly-prepared meals, to help inspire our traverse of the Georgia section.
There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, Adventures in Good Company do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife.
On this trip we offer you the best of all worlds: hiking, rafting, and a comfortable bed every night. Traveling through the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River, a riverside trail allows us to swap between hiking and rafting if we choose, or to simply raft or hike the entire time. Our riverside lodges provide hot showers and a comfortable bed every night with Adventures in Good Company.
On this wilderness backpacking trip with Adventures in Good Company, we travel along one of the Appalachian Trail's most interesting sections, from Dicky Gap to Elk Garden, at the height of the rhododendron and azaleas in bloom.This section is the perfect setting for learning all about wilderness backpacking or, if you have backpacked previously, learn techniques from our expert guides that will keep your pack under 30 pounds. On this trip you will learn everything you need to know to start backpacking on your own. We keep our mileage low on this trip so that everyone has the energy and time to learn.
From Fairbanks to Anchorage, we'll hike through boreal forests and over alpine tundra, look for Alaskan wildlife, raft a whitewater river, and spend time in Denali National Park. During our week we will discover the wide diversity of Alaska's natural beauty and meet a few of its characters along the way with Adventures in Good Company.
Greenland is the least populated, wildest country in the world. Most of it is covered by a huge ice cap and the population of 56,000 clings to the green fringe along the coast. It is spectacularly beautiful: soaring mountains tower over fjords choked with blue-tinged icebergs, sheep graze in deep green meadows, Viking ruins remind us of the population that survived here for 400 years. Adventures in Good Company explore a small area by foot, kayak, and boat, and spend our evenings absorbing the profound silence of this amazing area.
Just two hours outside of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming lies the spacious Bitterroot Ranch, a dude ranch close to where the legendary Butch Cassidy had a hideout! The ranch is a family owned and operated retreat center. Unplug and reconnect with the natural world while staying as busy or as free as you'd like. Resident wrangler and owner Hadley is also a certified yoga teacher with a dedicated yoga yurt on property- namaste cowgirls! Each day will be a 'choose your own adventure' buffet of riding, hiking and fishing, with delicious western cuisine in between.
The White Mountains of New Hampshire were once called the “Crystal Hills” by the early settlers due to their granite faces that reflected sunlight in the valley below. They have been drawing tourists since the mid-1800s when most visitors made the trip from cities by train or horse-drawn carriages.
Nova Scotia offers an enticing combination of outdoor adventure, fascinating history, and great wildlife viewing. Completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it is particularly known for the high tides of the Bay of Fundy, the Cape Breton Highlands, its many picturesque fishing villages, and the migratory wildlife that includes puffins and whales, as well as many other seabirds. Adventures in Good Company will go hiking, sea kayaking, and wildlife watching, and we'll hope to find some of the music that epitomizes its rich Gaelic heritage
The San Juan Islands, located off of Washington State, are known as one of the most spectacular island archipelagos in the country. Craggy coasts, deep blue-green waters with abundant sea-life, and pastoral landscapes abound. Known as one of the best sea kayaking places in America, it also offers interesting small towns, a rich human history, diverse marine and bird wildlife, scenic hiking, and a unique opportunity to learn how to sail a traditional wooden schooner. We'll even get an opportunity to zip line.
Slovenia, the first former Yugoslavian state to join the European Union, is culturally rich and stunningly beautiful. The Julian Alps are the easternmost part of the alpine chain that arcs across southern Europe and alpine history and culture are apparent everywhere. Limestone peaks, glacial lakes, and a vibrant capital city mixed with more traditional small towns make this an ideal destination for any woman who loves to combine alpine hiking with learning about local history and culture and sampling traditional Slovenian cuisine. Join Adventures in Good Company.
The Adirondack State Park in northern New York is one of the premiere spots for kayak tripping on the East Coast, with countless lakes and streams of all sizes. We'll be kayaking part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that stretches from Old Forge all the way to Fort Kent, ME. We, however, will only kayak a short part through the Saranac Lakes.