Adventure Chat #5-Trail Adventures

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When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, about a month ago I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday's at 10 am pst. It's a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else's adventures. I've had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I've taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A's in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on Travelogx.com. For the fifth chat, I had the awesome co-host @I_LOVE_PARKS talking about Trail Adventures. Here are the questions and transcripts from that chat.

QUESTIONS:

Q1: Which country/region is best suited for trail adventures?

Q2: What was the most adventurous trail you've been on? Was it in a National Park?

Q3: What can't you live without on the trails?

Q4: What is one trail adventure that's on your bucket list?

Q5: Do you prefer popular trails or the less traveled ones?

Q6: How do you find your next trail adventure?

Q7: Any tips for beginner trail adventure seekers?

Q8: Share you pics from your favorite adventures .. of course we've been sharing our fav. pics all along

•@monicagoesshow Hey everyone! Welcome to #adventurechat with my guest co-host @I_LOVE_PARKS!

• @I_LOVE_PARKS: Welcome to #adventurechat !!! We will be talking Trail Adventures today .. Come join the fun and ask your friends to come…

• @vagabondslog Hello #adventurechat-ters! Joining from excavation house in SE Anatolia today. Let's hope, electricity and internet connection play along.

• @MarieAway Hey everyone! Joining from Edmonton, Canada for my first #adventurechat

• @kitastrophieyu From home! With a concussion! #adventurechat

• @CampTrend happy monday everydone 👍 #adventurechat

• @SGSwritereditor Near #Boston. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/i5j0j9OsgZ

@CampTrend in Big Creek, CA #adventurechat

• @kitastrophieyu Ooo a fellow Canadian! My first #adventurechat too!

• @monicagoesshow We love canadians! #adventurechat

• @roamingcurator joining from sunny Canada. #adventurechat

• @hovelstay present! #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc Just made it in the nick of time! Welcome everybody!

• @CampTrend sierra natural forest, been a great couple days all over the area! #adventurechat

• @NavigatioOnline Hi. Joining from Alberta, Canada. #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Here's our Q1 to get started - Which country/region is best suited for trail adventures? #adventurechat

• @kitastrophieyu I'm all about the Pacific North West! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A1: I am loving the Western US right now! SO much to see and explore! I’m kinda biased to California of course ;) #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc  I love Montana for trail adventures, specifically in @GlacierNPS. Great weather in the summer!

• @MarieAway A1: Depends on your interests. I can't get enough of New Zealand! This gets me every time. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/8YP6m3VraI

• @PowerCoupleLife A1 : We live and love California for the best adventures close to home #adventurechat

• @hovelstay fans of the west coast too! The San Gabirel and Santa Monica mountains have so much to offer! #adventurechat

• @ADK_Nomad_Camp for unpredictable weather - new Hampshire White Mt #adventurechat

• @hovelstay New Zealand looks pretty epic. #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A1: and don't forget our #NationalParks.. Nature at its best and so many trails of all kinds.. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/HVaOzun8cU

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A1: Ah, c'mon - any region. Wilderness or urban trails, adventure's where you'll seek it!

• @ankit1989 A1 North East India for sure #Himalayas #adventurechat #MakeInIndia

• @kitastrophieyu  I just got back from Oregon went through rain, sun, thunder, lightning, snow, hail and windstorm #adventurechat

• @roamingcurator A1: that is hard, so many countries have great trail adventures, but a shout-out to North America #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/46QUj9WFTj

• @EBraksator A1: Just discovered that the Devon coast in the UK is great for that #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/FG8N8WTX2o

• @NavigatioOnline A1: South Korea is definitely a hidden gem for trail adventures. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/u3pNll4UNj

• @TETONsports Wow amazing @NavigatioOnline! We just got back from Korea about a week ago. It was a bit cold haha #AdventureChat

•  @trailtopeak A1: Any huge mountain range! I love the Andes, Sierras, Rockies, and Alps! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/LuxMCQCsNU

• @HotelTeatro A1: We love Western U.S. – Yosemite is always perfect! #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/WEjU83NMto

• @kitastrophieyu I've seen some epic photos of Scotland! #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A1: Of course, there's a lot of trail fun in the mountains. Any mountains. pic.twitter.com/RSV5J4LUNP

• @BRBearBait A1: Everywhere! They've all got something different to offer & all are beautiful #adventurechat

• @NickelDenver A1: We may be biased, but we can't get over the sprawling #Rockies of the West! #AdventureChat

• @DonNadeau Give me coastal northwestern California: Sublime scenery, few mosquitoes or high humidity, cool nights sleeping #AdventureChat

• @hovelstay Yosemite is epic. #adventurechat

• @TETONsports A1: I maybe a bit biased, but Utah has some AMAZING terrain and you can have all four seasons in one day. #AdventureChat

• @iTraqTag A1: I just love the Pacific NW, especially the Olympic National Park. #adventurechat

• @SueMcAllister #adventurechat a1 What if I told you there is an amazing isolated grove of Redwoods on Maui?

• @junkkDNA A1. India. #Explore the #Unexplored North East #AdventureChat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Moving on to Q2: What was the most adventurous trail you've been on? Was it in a National Park? #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc A2: Definitely the Highline Trail in @GlacierNPS last year! Steep cliffs dropping straight down,snow,goats,etc.

• @HotelTeatro A2: The Poudre Canyon trail in northern #Colorado was super challenging. Not in a National Park, but legit! #AdventureChat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A2: Rather Calling it 'most favourite' than most adventurous trail: Saxon Switzerland in Germany: youtube.com/watch?v=XIJesk…

• @hovelstay the trail to #Havasupai falls was intense! 10 miles in the sun with switchbacks #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A2: For us it was #Alaska in @WrangellStENPS #NationalPark nationalparksimages.org/wrst/ #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/KCltnxxSkG

• @monicagoesshow A2: Definitely Angels Landing @ZionNPS! I just did a whole episode on it youtu.be/QPxHHvwfOu4 #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/BbqqdG4TOB

• @runaroundaroo A2: My most adventure trails have probably been on the way up 14ers here in CO, no Natl Parks, yet. #longspeak #adventurechat @I_LOVE_PARKS

• @BRBearBait A2: I haven't ventured far from the SE, but Shining Rock Wilderness in Pisgah NF is my fav #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A2: Looking for arch. sites in Jordan's mountains was great experience too. More 'off trail' though. pic.twitter.com/mrnwJrEapr

• @roamingcurator A2: One of the most heart-beat inducing trails was in Petra, Jordan. Hiking, and later on a donkey with precarious heights. #adventurechat

• @DonNadeau Yosemite even has glamping - top quality hotel beds in tents at Curry Village! Why not? :) #AdventureChat

• @ADK_Nomad_Camp National Forest AT Mount Washington to Madison Hut #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A2: Looking for arch. sites in Jordan's mountains was great experience too. More 'off trail' though. http:…

• @TETONsports We did 22 miles in China (Fujian area) and LOVED it. Super lush and perfect temps. @I_LOVE_PARKS #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 A2 It was in Jammu and Kashmir #India awesome place to visit. No It was not in National Park #adventurechat

• @trailtopeak A2: Ausangate for me. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, alpaca, vicuna, and much more. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/9JTps8vHVy

• @MarieAway A2: Toughest trails probably in NZ or Banff National Park. I've had plenty of adventures roughin it at home in Newfoundland! #adventurechat

• @junkkDNA A2 nature trail in hardwar as a kid during summer vacations #AdventureChat

• @TheHikingGeek A2. Cactus to Clouds, although not an official trail. I think it crosses 4 climate zones. hikinggeek.com/2011/01/01/sky… #adventurechat

• @MittenStrong Hiking in the @PorkiesPark in the U.P of #Michigan is awesome. The views are spectacular #adventurechat.

• @EBraksator A2:Not as big an adventure as others have posted but discovering Samos island in Greece was fun #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/UNe73rLD6d

• @NavigatioOnline A2: Tough choice, but really loved the Rob Roy Track in NZ #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/mYxTBhAzQs

• @iTraqTag A2 - The Kalalau Trail in Kauai. We wore the entirely wrong shoes & didn't pack enough water. Poor planning, beautiful hike. #adventurechat

• @Pinkzenjoy The most adventurous trail I've been on was Mount Batur Bali. Slippery lava steam from fissures. #adventurechat

• @TheHikingGeek A2: #adventurechat for trails in NP, the Main Mt. Whitney Trail crosses into SEKI territory. pic.twitter.com/z2AoCibnFm

• @MittenStrong More spectacular places in #Michigan for a trail great adventure is @SleepingBearNPS or the Keweenaw Peninsula. #adventurechat

• @kitastrophieyu I think the West Coast Trail deserves a shoutout here! I haven't done it but on my list. 75 km of untouched nature! #adventurechat

• @DonNadeau Spend time in Yoho & especially Kootenay national parks adjacent to Banff. Also Icefields Parkway to Jasper. #AdventureChat

• @moosefish A2 Pretty sure this was my most adventurous "trail." On @MountRainierNPS moosefish.com/cgi-bin/packag… #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/EDNJ5VZEJy

• @momfari Q2 Most adventurous hiking trail? #adventurechat A2 Besides AngelsLanding #Zion #LoopTrail in @GlacierNPS. On mtn's edge! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow Q3: What can't you live without on the trails?

• @iamvagabond A3: #adventurechat my boots hmm to think of it I can hike barefoot too .. can't I ?

• @mcnuttsc a3: My 32 oz. @GoContigo water bottle. Have to stay hydrated! Oh, also my iPhone for pics/vids

• @monicagoesshow A3: A great pack, my camera, water, and a first aid kit! (klutz alert!) #adventurechat

• @UST_Survival A3: We're not going anywhere without the proper tunage. #MUSICcountsRIGHT? #adventurechat

• @iTraqTag A3: Camera, water, sunscreen, snacks & a headlamp in case we make a late return. #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A3: How about glasses for Sun or.... Sand Storms :) #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/hga5oDyfK7

• @monicagoesshow and the beer of course! #adventurechat

• @BRBearBait A3: Camera, a book, & a notebook. Oh, and food, lots of food. #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 A3 Boot, Water Bottle, and lots of energy, enthusiasm and caliber #adventurechat

• @EBraksator A3: Sturdy boots, water, camera and some snacks to keep you going #adventurechat

• @trailtopeak A3: I can't live without some solitude. Heavily trafficked trails don't work for me #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/72gFOOCWs0

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A3: No-brainer: the hat. ;-) #NeverWithoutTheHat pic.twitter.com/7BfoBQTWLg

• @TETONsports A3: we LOVE water features, we plan hikes just to get to lakes, waterfalls, etc. #adventurechat

• @MarieAway Camera, water, chocolate. All you need (and clothing/boots, of course!) #adventurechat

• @MittenStrong A3: I always remember to pack something to hold my jaw up because it's always dropping from admiring nature's beauty. #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow I host every week and this week my cohost is @I_LOVE_PARKS #adventurechat

• @RadreiseNerd A3: my Opinel-knife.Its my best friend in many situations. #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/GR0MnEax4k

• @NavigatioOnline A3: Camera, solitude, homemade sandwich, and a Pepsi #adventurechat

• @DanaDeMercurio A3: my camera & my journal. I document everything! #adventurechat

• @TheHikingGeek A3: my camera and my @peakdesignltd camera clip to carry it: hikinggeek.com/2014/04/16/gea…#adventurechat pic.twitter.com/FKu5qVNerO

• @momfari Q3 Where's the most adventurous place U HAVE stayed? A3 Open-air tree-house-like place in #Zimbabwe. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/Kcvo5slhXn

• @PowerCoupleLife A3 We haven't stayed anywhere very adventurous yet but are headed to South Africa in Feb #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Q4: What is one trail adventure that's on your bucket list? #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc A4: Photographers like @gmlamb @elkins_sam & @ianandrewnelson make me want to explore the Pacific Northwest!

• @NicholsZach A4: The John Muir Trail is on the list for sure! #adventurechat

• @MarieAway A4: Doing the East Coast Trail in Nfld this summer. Then, someday, the Appalachian Trail! #adventurechat

• @DonNadeau My fave place in Jordan had to be its one beach. So much life! #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/K2qkE2mALG

• @TETONsports A4: Now it’s Banff thanks to everyone on #adventurechat haha Thanks everyone!

• @Travelainee I'm planning to go on the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland next weekend, I think that's part of some Potomac trail? @I_LOVE_PARKS #adventurechat

• @DanaDeMercurio A4: lava point trailhead at Zion National Park, and also want to hike Mt. Diablo! @ZnpCom #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow a4: bucket list trails are John Muir, PCT, and AT! #adventurechat

• @moosefish A4 Kilimanjaro is on my bucket list. Gotta wait about 10 years so my kids can go with me. :) #AdventureChat #Dadlife

• @RadreiseNerd A4: the Pamir-Highway. We´ll cycle there next year hope so.#AdventureChat

• @trailtopeak A4: I would love to string together a few trails and trek through Bhutan! #adventurechat

• @NavigatioOnline A4: Itching to do the Appalachian for huge challenge. But there are so many good hikes/ scrambles in Alberta/BC on my list. #adventurechat

• @EBraksator A4: There are so many but would love to go to mainland Greece next, around Meteora for hiking #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc I'm reading a book called A Walk In The Woods about a man's trek through the AT. Fascinating!

• @TETONsports That’s a good book, I’m excited to see the movie too. @mcnuttsc @monicagoesshow #adventurechat

•  @monicagoesshow Great book! I read that and Wild last summer and got so pumped about thru-hiking #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A4: I'd really love to follow the #IncaTrail to Machu Picchu one day.

• @SueMcAllister #adventurechat Polipoli Spring State Recreational Area west slopes Haleakala. Great hike there & around park

• @kitastrophieyu Machu Picchu! SO on there! #adventurechat

• @roamingcurator A4: one epic trail adventure on my bucket list is to do the entire Way of St.James (Camino) #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A4: But #CaminitoDelRey's also high up on my list: https://t.co/SAZKu3tPyV.

• @iTraqTag A4: I've heard amazing things about the wonderful scenery & hiking in Banff. While I'm up there might as well hit Jasper too #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 A4 Bungee Jumping on trail adventure #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/kaprDdfT40

• @ADK_Nomad_Camp Bucket List - North to south Rim Grand Canyon- did as kid and almost did't make it, can I do it at age 65 #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow Interested in co-hosting an #adventurechat? DM me!

• @Airstream2Go A4. Mist Trail, Half Dome, California: bit.ly/1CHLuwq #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/HCocRZ5LSO

• @TheHikingGeek A4: I have permits for the High Sierra Trail in June. Hoping to hike the JMT someday.#adventurechat

• @NavigatioOnline A4: Also can't wait to go to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and Cordillera Real in Bolivia. #adventurechat

• @Pinkzenjoy Mt. Fuji since i was a kid but now having gone on treks don't think so given my fitness level. :-) #adventurechat

• @sayhueque A4 Torres del paine, #Argentina camping in the mountains! @momfari #adventurechat

• @momfari Q4 Trail adventure that's your bucket list? A4 Inca Trail was scheduled 4 summer but had 2 be postponed. I WILL get there! #adventurechat

• @sayhueque A4: the W trail in #Patagonia is my number one on my #bucketlist! @momfari #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/hCi5rX4zGC

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Q5: Do you prefer popular trails or the less traveled ones? #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A5: If I’m alone I like to know people are nearby but not close enough to hear their conversations #adventurechat

• @BRBearBait A5: I prefer the less traveled trails. I find it's easier to connect with nature #adventurechat

• @MittenStrong Q5: Do you prefer popular trails or the less traveled ones? #adventurechat" // Off the beaten path much better :-)

• @mcnuttsc A5: I don't mind the popular ones as long as they aren't too crowded.Part of my experience is peace&solitude.

• @MarieAway A5: Depends on how popular. I'm all for people enjoying the outdoors, but I don't want to never have solitude on the trails #adventurechat

• @NavigatioOnline A5: Both have their merits. But I think most people prefer the trail less travelled. #adventurechat

• @kitastrophieyu A5 Less populated! But mostly about the views for me. And ppls butts don't count as a good view no matter how nice! #adventurechat

• @roamingcurator A5: Ioverall I prefer the less-populated, for example did a stretch of the GreatWall that wasn't the main route. #adventurechat

• @RadreiseNerd A5: On the less traveled trails because there you´ve more chance of adventure and unexpected incidents. #adventurechat

• @trailtopeak A5: Less traveled. Unobstructed views, less distractions, untouched nature, wildlife, and adventure. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/DvIkQLqiLx

• @EBraksator A5 It depends on the circumstances and location but a bit of both sounds good to me :-) #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A5: off the beaten path - like Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park nationalparksimages.org/blca/ #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/Ns2xWKr43p

• @runaroundaroo A5: hands down the less traveled ones! #adventurechat @I_LOVE_PARKS

• @DanaDeMercurio A5: it's all about the road less traveled. Unless I'm alone. Then I need some company (and safety! ) lol #adventurechat

• @PowerCoupleLife A5 Popular usually to stay safe and sound #adventurechat

• @NavigatioOnline A5: Sometimes though, the popular trails are still too good to skip. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/1SgU7vAjHf

• @TheHikingGeek A5. Less traveled is preferred. Having a peak to yourself (or sharing it with just your dog) is great. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/K641P1uR1G

• @FunFamVacations A5 - Popular, love to meet people and hear their #travel stories. #adventurechat

•  @vagabondslog #adventurechat A5: 'Off the beaten path' surely has its attraction. Kayaking in Greenland here. #KayakingIsHikingToo pic.twitter.com/8dhZfaNVpU

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Now that we know you like Trail Adventures, tell us a bit about .... Q6: How do you find your next trail adventure? #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc #AdventureChat A6: Lately my best resource for travel info in general (including hikes) has been Twitter chats like this!

• @monicagoesshow A6: Usually it’s word of mouth, proximity, and seeing pictures! @JoshuaTreeNP is next on my list! #adventurechat

• @TETONsports A6: We jump in on chats like #adventurechat and others out there. Great feedback and right from the people that have been.

• @MarieAway A6: I've always got a running list of trails I want to do, but I tend to take inspiration from travel blogs, twitter, etc. #adventurechat

• @BRBearBait A6: The Internet is my friend, the blogverse is a wonderful world, as is Twitter #adventurechat

• @iamvagabond A6. Twitter helps a lot. Especially chats like #adventurechat and #ParksChat.

• @DanaDeMercurio A6: I ask my fellow adventure travelers! And I do proper research well ahead of time! #adventurechat

• @szopa333 A6: We jump in on chats like #adventurechat and others out there. Great feedback and right from the people that have been.

• @EBraksator A6: Through chats like these :) #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow Instagram is both amazing and the devil to my travel budget! LOL #adventurechat

• @RadreiseNerd A6: Without preparation. We decide on tour to try out an adventurous looking way and then we´ll see what happens. #adventurechat

• @iTraqTag A6: Word of mouth from friends and then verified by trusted travel bloggers. #adventurechat

• @CharlesMcCool A6. drive on smaller roads, then smaller, then unpaved, until find a trail RT @I_LOVE_PARKS Q6: find next trail adventure? #adventurechat

• @Go_hunt_game A6: We jump in on chats like #adventurechat and others out there. Great feedback and right from the people t…

• @I_LOVE_PARKS ok Now lets help our fellow travelers .. Q7: Any tips for beginner trail adventure seekers? #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A7: For newbies I tell them to start with shorter more populated trails for safety and grow from there #adventurechat

• @mcnuttsc #AdventureChat A7: Research ahead of time so you aren't overwhelmed. Take a good camera to capture memories & stay hydrated!

• @DanaDeMercurio A7: don't take on the world! Start small, work up your stamina, and test the limits of your body. And of course, HAVE FUN! #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A7: Don't worry about the 'whats' and 'wheres' too much. Just leave. You'll grow on the trail.

• @ADK_Nomad_Camp for newbie hikers- cut your toenails before you leave home #adventurechat

• @Pinkzenjoy Exercise and build your stamina, make sure you have suitable hiking boots, and carry water. #adventurechat

• @MarieAway A7: Bring more water than you think you need, clean socks, and tasty food that you'll actually look forward to eating. #adventurechat

• @RadreiseNerd A7: Not much planning but spontaneous decision with courage. #adventurechat

• @EBraksator Walk your hiking boots in if they are new before you go on an adventure #adventurechat

A7: Buy good gear and just get out there. Go places you wouldn't normally venture #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Last - Q8: Share you pics from your favorite adventures .. of course we've been sharing our fav. pics all along .. #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A8: some of my favorite trail adventures! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/SoLvFomaRS

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A8: #adventurechat Here's one from #California pic.twitter.com/Mu2CBicODD

@monicagoesshow Thanks everyone for being a part of another fun #adventurechat! Join us next week with @_girlwhotravels when we’re talking Solo Adventures!