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SUV RVing Adventures
#21
Nice pictures, what camera? Also, is that a tarptent?
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#22
I passed on an SUV the dealer tried to sell me, now i wonder if I was too hasty
Which SUVs do you find suitable?
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#23
The photos of the Tetons make me want to get back there even more than I already did. I think the Tetons call to me more than Yellowstone.

Yet more questions for you---on the 55 mile loop, how long did you stay out there? I remember when I was out there the one trail we wanted to do required getting a permit after a certain point, which we discovered at that point, so we weren't able to go there because of time constraints. Does that 55 mile loop require a permit?

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(09-08-2016, 07:17 AM)Bster13 Wrote: Nice pictures, what camera?  Also, is that a tarptent?

Thanks! The camera is the Nikon Coolpix S7000. And yes, that's a Tarptent Contrail, which is no longer sold and has been replaced by the ProTrail.

(09-08-2016, 08:02 AM)ArtW Wrote: I passed on an SUV the dealer tried to sell me, now i wonder if I was too hasty
Which SUVs do you find suitable?

Depends what you're looking for. I have a 2011 Toyota RAV4, which is definitely at the smaller end of the SUV spectrum. If you need a ton of space, you're going to want something bigger. But it's fantastic for me because (1) it gets great gas mileage (~31 MPG highway), (2) it's super easy to drive and park, and (3) the rear seats fold down to be nearly completely flat, which makes throwing a mattress down super easy. I don't have to do any modifications to get a suitable sleeping platform. The rear seats of most SUVs fold down to make more room in the rear, but most of the ones I've seen fold down to either not be very flat, or they have a big ol' bump, or something else. That's not a dealbreaker, though. You can always make a simple sleeping platform out of a sheet of plywood and some 2x4's. 

As far as which SUVs exactly I recommend, I don't know. I don't have enough experience with more than a handful of them. I know that when I was shopping for SUVs, I knew I was going to be camping inside, so having the seats fold down flat was one of the main things I was looking for. The RAV4 and the Subaru Forester had seats that folded down completely flat (or at least almost completely flat). The seats in the Nissan Xterra and Honda CR-V did not fold down very flat at all. If you wanted more room, one of the larger SUVs from one of the American manufacturers (Ford, GMC, Chevy, etc.) would have to be the way to go.

(09-08-2016, 08:18 AM)anewbiewannabe Wrote: The photos of the Tetons make me want to get back there even more than I already did.  I think the Tetons call to me more than Yellowstone.

Yet more questions for you---on the 55 mile loop, how long did you stay out there? I remember when I was out there the one trail we wanted to do required getting a permit after a certain point, which we discovered at that point, so we weren't able to go there because of time constraints. Does that 55 mile loop require a permit?

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I did the 55-mile loop in two days. ~30 miles on the first day from the Taggart Lake trailhead to Alaska Basin, and then ~25 miles the second day back to Taggart Lake. The reason I did it like this is exactly for the reason you said: permits. Alaska Basin is actually outside of the national park on national forest land, so you don't need a permit to camp there. Doing the loop in two days instead of three or four or more was a challenge physically but meant that I didn't have to deal with the permit situation. It was worth it for me. Here's a map of GTNP, and you can see Alaska Basin labeled outside of the shaded green park boundary a bit southwest of Grand Teton.
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#25
Climbing Mt. Hinman in the Cascades (7,492 feet)

I left Wyoming and Montana behind and headed to Washington to see my brother. He wanted to climb Mt. Hinman, a major peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness region in the Cascades. We drove up there after he got off work on Friday, hiked for several hours, camped, and then hiked up Hinman and returned to the car the next day. A great little trip in a beautiful part of the Cascades.

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Above: My brother hiking a couple of miles up from the trailhead on day 1

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Above: Crossing a bridge on day 1

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Above: My brother skirting a large snowfield early on day 2

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Above: Skirting the uppermost of the La Bohn Lakes. Yes, it really was that color.

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Above: Chain Lakes and Bears Breast Mountain

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Above: Getting up there!

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Above: The Hinman Glacier

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Above: The summit ridge as seen from near the summit. Spectacular place!

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Above: The clouds came in on the descent

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Above: There were tons of delicious bilberries/Cascade blueberries
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#26
Your pics are inspiring! Thanks for sharing...
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#27
Climbing Glacier Peak in Washington (August 30)

I left my brother's place near Seattle and drove into the mountains. I spent the night in the RAV4 at the free campground at the Glacier Peak trailhead and headed out early the next morning to climb Glacier in a day. What resulted was one of the very best days I've ever had in the mountains. I was on the move for something like 20 hours and hiked 34 miles round trip with about 11,600 feet of vertical elevation gain. I spent the night again in the RAV4 when I got back to the trailhead before driving back to Seattle the next morning to recover.

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Above: Sunrise

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Above: View of Indian Head Peak from White Pass

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Above: Glacier Peak!

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Above: White Mountain

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Above: Glacier Peak reflected in a glacial tarn

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Above: Getting closer to the mountain proper

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Above: Big ol' holes in the Cool Glacier

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Above: On the summit!

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Above: Crossing under the White Chuck Glacier on the way back.

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Above: One last look at the mountain
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#28
Stunning shots
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SUV_RVing (12-04-2016)
#29
Looks like an amazing adventure. Your pics are gorgeous!

Caryn
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Here's a video of a quick overnight SUV camping trip I took last week to northern Utah's Porcupine Reservoir. I'd never been there before, but I was amazed by how beautiful it was. 



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