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    Senior Member mbcruzin's Avatar
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    #1 Company
    For me #1 would be the quality time me and my son get to share away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    Depending on the trip my order of the rest would be as follows

    Exploring options
    New experiences
    Location
    Natural protection from the elements
    Flora and fauna
    Food quality
    Ease/Difficulty of terrain
    Foul weather bail-out options
    Firewood
    Weather
    Cell phone coverage

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    Bottom line for me is just getting out. Beyond that is good night sleep, coffee/breakfast from the hammock and somebody to spend the time with. I really enjoy pounding out the miles ever once in awhile.

    The trips that I talk about the most are the ones that sucked the most while I was in the middle of it: freezing cold, wet, unprepared, snow in chacos... the list goes on

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    For me I think its:

    Location (doesn't need to be exotic just not urban)
    Company (if not solo)(or maybe especially if solo)
    New Experiences (Adventure quotient)
    Weather (I prefer nice, but like to be challenged by the adverse as well) Firewood
    Natural protection from elements
    Flora and fauna
    Exploring options
    Ease/difficulty of terrain (as long as I know what to expect I can be prepared for either, and enjoy them both)
    Food Quality (my own fault if it sucks)
    Foul weather bail out options
    Distance to trail head (only a factor given time available, last weekend I drove 6-7 hours one way for a two night getaway)
    Cell phone coverage( don't carry one on the trail/water)
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    1) Getting back in one piece.

    After that, it's all gravy.


    In specific,
    New Experiences
    Location
    Company (or isolation as needed)
    Weather

    Quote Originally Posted by MrClockWork View Post
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    The trips that I talk about the most are the ones that sucked the most while I was in the middle of it: freezing cold, wet, unprepared, snow in chacos... the list goes on
    +1

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    Had to think about this one for a while

    Location
    Exploring options
    New Experiences
    Distance to trailhead from home
    Firewood
    Company
    Weather
    Ease/Difficulty of terrain
    Foul weather bail out options
    Natural protection from the elements
    Food quality
    Flora and fauna
    Cell phone coverage

    Time of year might have a lot to do with the order of things.. At 20 degrees, fire would jump up on my list fast.

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    For me what's important on a backpacking trip consists of:

    not talking shop on the trip
    location where there is a view to sit and watch the sun go down or up...preferably while drinking coffee
    food that will make a memory, winter trip stuff like steak, apple dumpling, or sweet potatoes
    company that binds new friendships and enhances old ones
    the challenge of diverse weather...My job demands I work outside a good bit of the time. If I can work in it, then I can play in it!
    Trail diversity...the green tunnel can get boring...this also includes the diversity of smells from hemlocks, pines, mountain streams, and sun warmed rocks.

    Way down on the list would be:
    total miles of hiking, I enjoy both short and long mileage trips
    firewood
    ease of terrain
    cell phone coverge
    natural protection from elements
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