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Ask Me: How Do We Make a Big Backpacking Trip (on the Teton Crest Trail) As Enjoyable As Possible?

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Michael,

We are hiking the Teton Crest Trail for the first time this summer. You made mention in your story about the TCT that the first day was a hard one and that the toughest part of the trip was the Paintbrush Divide. What made the first day the hardest and why is Paintbrush the toughest? We are trying to make sure we plan this trip “correctly.” Three years ago, we flew to Colorado and hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park and had a terrible experience. My two sons and I thought we knew what we were doing. 

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4 Responses to Ask Me: How Do We Make a Big Backpacking Trip (on the Teton Crest Trail) As Enjoyable As Possible?

  1. Jeff   |  July 15, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I would make multiple calls to the backcountry desk because you don’t always get the correct information. We had a trip planned last July 4th and were told the routes were clear. When we showed up the ranger at the permit desk said the whole shelf had 8 ft of snow still. There was so much snow we had to reroute. Still a great trip, but a major change in plans.

    • MichaelALanza   |  July 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Good advice, Jeff, thanks for sharing that.

  2. Gary Walsworth   |  July 14, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    We too, are heading out to the Teton Crest trail later this summer. This was another helpful post. Thanks.

    • MichaelALanza   |  July 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks, Gary, and have a great trip.

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