RailRiders Raffle: Describe your Ultimate Adventure

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Walking Across Mongolia, an Ultra-Marathon across the Sahara Desert, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Studying Penguins on the South Pole, Climbing Denali – many people dream of an Ultimate Adventure. What’s yours?

For example:

My Ultimate Adventure would be hiking the whole length of the island of Great Britain between its two extremities, Lands End and John O’Groats (called a LEJOG) in the southwest and northeast of the country, a distance of about 1200 miles. Taking about 3 months to walk off-road, I’d take my time, hiking a scenic meandering mountainous route of my own design. I’d like to hike a LEJOG because I love hiking in the Great Britain and Scotland. I love the people (and their dogs), the scenery, the light, the camaraderie that exists among hill walkers there, and the beer. There can’t be that many US citizens who’ve hiked a LEJOG and it would be a unique adventure. 

To Enter:  Describe your Ultimate Adventure

If you were in perfect health and time and money were no obstacle, what is the Ultimate Adventure you’d want to take? Name the place you want to go or the journey you want to take and why it appeals to you so much in the comment box below. Your Ultimate Adventure can be a hiking, biking, horse-back riding, fly fishing, or any other time of adventure trip you choose.

Raffle Prize:  Choose a RailRiders mens or womens hiking shirt

The drawing winner will be able to choose one of the following pairs of hiking shirts from RailRiders:

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Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter this raffle is Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at midnight EST.

  • All raffle entrants will have one chance to win in a random drawing.
  • Please keep all responses rated G.
  • The prize winner can live anywhere that has postal service (including international.)
  • If you have any questions, leave a comment.
  • The drawing winner will be announced by June 7th, 2013.

Submit your answer in the comment form below!

Describe your Ultimate Adventure.

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44 Responses to RailRiders Raffle: Describe your Ultimate Adventure

  1. Balazs May 10, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be hiking all the Triple Crown trails in the US. No one ever did that from Hungary, not even one of the three. I’ll attempt the AT in 2013 & 2014 but I’m not sure I will have the opportunity in my life to do the next two. The main reason I long for America is that while here in Europe we have an abundance of long trails, the population is so dense that except for a couple of places (Scotland, Scandinavia, maybe the Carpathians) you can’t really experience the huge wilderness & solitude as you can over there. So, Americans, never forget to appreciate what you have over there!

  2. Stephen O. May 10, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be a relay with myself. Ride my bike out of my doorstep and ride to New Orleans where I’d take my sailboat down to the keys and then come up around Florida fishing and diving. I’d drop my sailboat off In Carolina and start hiking towards the AT. Finish again on Katahdin than pick up a motorcycle and ride the trans Canadian highway. Then hike south on the pct and then hitchhike to Colorado for whitewater kayaking and trout fishing. Than I’d jump on the bike and ride towards home in louisiana eating at every BBQ joint I could find. Get home and do it all over again.

  3. Black Foot May 10, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    My Ultimate Adventure would be hiking the John Muir trail. The 215 mile trail passes through some of the most beautiful backcountry in America including the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, and King’s Canyon National Park and the finale is the highest peak in continental United States, Mount Whitney. Ideally I’d like about 3 weeks to do this – sure you could go faster, but with scenery like this why rush?

  4. Michael May 10, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Like Balazs, mine would be doing the Triple Crown, especially the PCT and CDT. Maybe not until retirement since I started backpacking pretty late (42). It would be a personal challenge since my longest day of just hiking to date is 21 miles and that was when I was 15 (!).

  5. Chloelia May 10, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be to bike all accross Canada. Starting and Vancouver, British-Columbia and finishind in Newfoundland. I’d add to that a stint in the northern territories in Canada, namely Yukon and Northwest Territories because those are two of my favorite places in the world. This appeals to me because biking allows some flexibility and would be quite challenge over the Coaster Mountains (BC) and the Rockies. What a nice way to explore a country!

  6. Ed May 10, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    I would like to get a sailboat that can handle the the high seas but can be manned by one person. I would circumnavigate the world twice. I’d start on the US east coast head north through the Canadian maritimes, Greenland, Iceland and on to Scotland and the rest of Europe. I would sail around the Med and then down the west coast of Africa and up the other side. No canal short cuts. I’d sail by the middle east and on to India and the rest of Asia. I might head south and to a lap around Australia or I might hopscotch around oceania. Finally I’d head north past China and Russia and over to Alaska and down all the way to worlds end and back up to the start. I’d do it twice because I’m always haunted by the road not taken. A stop at one port or a turn left instead of right means taking one adventure and skipping another. Doing this by a slow boat means I would have time to meet people and see how one culture turns into an other.

  7. Jo May 10, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    The one ultimate adventure that I might give a try in the nearer future is hiking the entire 800 km Arctic Trail (a.k.a. Nordkalottruta, Nordkalottenled, or Kalottireitti) through the Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish part of Lapland, crossing swamplands and endless rivers as well as climbing numerous felltops along the way. I might encounter a short detour to the Ridnitsohkka, which actually is Finland’s highest mountain, but is considerably less famous than the countries highest point on the Halti, whose summit is just beyond the border in Norway. Even though the Arctic Trail is significantly shorter than AT, PCT and CDT, some aspiring triple crowners consider it to be tougher in fact, since the climate can be pretty rough in the far north. I would love to prove that – despite being smitten with a severe chronic disease – I am still capable of thru-hiking such trail!

  8. RenegadePilgrim May 10, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be to re-trace the steps of an African safari my mother, uncles and grandparents took in 1969. It was a different time then. My uncle had been drafted to go to Vietnam and the future was uncertain. For one final family trip, my TWA-employed grandfather told my uncle to pick anywhere in the world to go. He chose Africa, and they rented a VW camper van, driving through Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda exploring the various wildlife parks and areas. I grew up looking at my mom’s scrapbook, hearing her stories and touching the Masai beaded necklaces she brought back, imagining what the trip was like. Ever since then, it has been a dream of mine to follow the same route.

  9. McCamer May 10, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I would like to do a trail in every national park in Canada.
    Thereal truth is–i would settle for trails to view the “bucket list” sights of my home province of Saskatchewan. Then I could guide others to those places.

  10. Sean May 10, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be a trip to Antarctica. I’d love to live there for a year in one of the tiny outposts of civilization and just spend the whole year exploring. Visiting glaciers, diving beneath icebergs, trekking into the interior of the continent and seeing the emptiness at the bottom of the world. Paradise!

  11. Gail Storey May 10, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be both an external, physical one and an interior, meditative one. My husband and I would do the Continental Divide Trail in a relay of hiking and biking, inner reflection, and hoopdancing. One of us (probably my husband) would do most of the hiking and biking, and one of us (probably me) would be the support person camped in solitude, hoopdancing on glorious mountaintops, then driving ahead in as “green” a camper as exists to meet up at the next trailhead and decide who hikes or bikes the next stretch. A beautiful blend of effort and peace, in coupled solitude.

  12. David May 10, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    My Ultimate adventure if time and money was no obstacle, would be to start up in Alaska and ride (motorcycle) all over Canada, get back into the US and ride (motorcycle) to all 48 states making sure to hit up the Triple Crown and the JMT trail. Then I would make my way to the southern tip of South America via any land transportation available (motorcycle, bicycle, car, train, hitchhiking, walking) trying to hit every country possible and every natural attraction. Then I would attempt to travel to Antarctica via boat. If I have managed to survive by then, there would be no way that I would be able to return to a normal office 8-5 job so I would then continue to explore the world until I go out in a blaze of glory or time runs out.

  13. Grandpa May 10, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I’m a planetary geology nut and my ultimate adventure last sailed over forty years ago. I would have loved to tag along on one of the last three Apollo missions to the moon and explore that otherworldly place. I read everything I can get my hands on about them.

    On a more terrestrial level, I’d love to take my grandkids and hike the Milford Track in New Zealand, the John Muir Trail, and circumnavigate Mont Blanc.

    A couple other adventures that are more doable are the Tapeats Creek/Deer Creek loop on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the TGO Challenge.

  14. Alissa May 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    I like the idea of hiking from one city to another. A mix of urban, suburban, rural, and wilderness. Something like going from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe or Las Vegas to Fresno. Some route that would be challenging but not too lonely, would have fun diner opportunities but also many quiet nights sleeping out under the stars.

    As a second choice, Since I was a little kid and stood at the trail marker in Sequoia, I’ve always wanted to hike the John Muir Trail. I remember thinking, “I can turn left and follow this loop back to our cabin OR turn right and keep going for another 171 miles” and that thought was so exciting!

  15. Jason May 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    If time, money, and health were no object, I’d climb Olympus Mons. Its a 6-7 month trip through space to get there followed by a gut wrenching plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere and a very rough landing. When I hit the ground, my legs will be atrophied from space travel, despite all the time spent on the stationary bike. Temperatures on the surface will range from -226 to 27 degrees Celcius. There is no breathable air or drinkable water available on mars, so all of that will be carried, and perhaps recycled. From the nearest land suitable for a landing, the climb will be 85,000 feet. So, six months in space, atrophied legs, -226 degrees, no water or air, and 85,000 feet of climbing… but if time, money, and health aren’t an option, why not?

    • Grandpa May 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      Although an Observer of Mars would note that it isn’t as warm as Phoenix, I completely understand your Curiosity about Olympus Mons. Since time, money, and health are no object, I’d like the Opportunity to be a Sojourner with you and explore new lands like a Viking. In the Express Spirit of that exploration, I could be your Pathfinder for an extended mission by including Valles Marineris, which a Surveyor has shown would add some really rugged scenery and 50% to our elevation change. It would be quite the Odyssey, although we might Grunt a little under the load. Perhaps, we can have a Beagle or 2 accompany us.

      • Jason May 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

        That is like space probe mad-libs.

        • Grandpa May 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

          The fourth rock from the Sun has left a few Mars on my otherwise Sirius, pun free… cometary.

  16. River Kate May 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    My ultimate adventure would be a non-ending pagan culture(s) immersion . . . and bunking with other species. First, I’d follow RenegadePilgrim to Africa and paint my body. Then take up residence with gorillas, go anywhere in the world to swim with whales, winter over with a bear, fly south with an osprey. Set up camp on a river bank. Swim in warm seas. String up a hammock when needing a nap. Bypass all museums, try not to be a tourist.

    Hey, RailRiders, thanks for the spiritual trip. I’ve just taken it.

  17. Andrew May 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    My ultimate adventure would be a hike. It would start at Priest Lake, Idaho, slowly cross the Selkirks and visit several of the beautiful cirque basin lakes, drop into Bonners Ferry, and then head toward Glacier National Park (perhaps following the Pacific Northwest Trail, perhaps not). From Glacier, it would head south on the CDT through Montana/Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado, until intersecting the Colorado Trail. From there, it would continue south to Durango (too many good breweries to not go there), and then follow the Colorado Trail to Denver.

    I think that route would have the best scenery/mile ratio with very few “filler” miles necessary to get to the next scenic area on the trip.

  18. Hilary May 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Some years ago, I forget why, I found myself reading about medieval pilgrimages, and I thought: I would love to do one of my own. For some reason, I thought it should be from Beijing to Jerusalem, but that I should not do it until I was older, at which point, I thought, I would either be wiser or beyond hope. I always felt I had to do it entirely on my own steam (possibly bikes, certainly part hiking, never cars etc.)

    To actually do this, I’d need to wish away not just financial obstacles, but also geopolitical ones. But a girl can hope.

  19. Lee Colten May 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    I have a few: (1) finish the AT; (2) bike across northern US; (3) paddle down Kentucky River (from here where I live) to the Gulf; and (4) take the train across southern Canada, with Amer-rail pass allowing stops all along the way. These have all been dreams I’ve had since childhood; and I’ve done pieces of each – enough to know I can and still want to…

  20. Chris May 11, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    My ultimate adventure would be to complete the Triple Crown by hiking the CDT. When I stepped foot on the AT in 2004, I didn’t know that I would be married 7 years later and that my wife would join me on an unforgettable thru hike of the PCT in 2012. Since that journey would have been incomplete without her I can’t imagine a hike of the CDT without her by my side. We had an amazing experience exploring the states of CA, OR, and WA (states I had never visited) and the opportunity to discover another part of the country via the CDT would be extraordinary.

  21. Brad May 11, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I’m not sure: Denali has been in my head for a long time now but after completing the JMT last season the PCT may be taking over. Actually the adventure I’m dreaming most about is my nh directissima attempt this summer.

  22. Joe May 11, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    My current ultimate trip is to cross WA St south to north on the PCT and east to west on the PNT. Come on knees, you can do it!

  23. Kris May 11, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I’d like to take a year and explore different corners of the world. Volcanoes in Iceland, mountain ranges in New Zealand, caves in Vietnam, Grand Tsingy in Madagascar, wilderness in Alaska, Inca Trail and Patagonia Range in South America, dive the Great Barrier Reef. Throw in a few more locations and spend 3-4 weeks at each place absorbing local culture and exploring these unique areas of the world.

  24. Grego May 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I’d love to trek in Bhutan, hiking gorgeous peaks and moving between Buddhist temples, strengthening my meditation practice while among the clouds, filling a thermos with hot tea in the morning before hitting the trail again, with the poetry of the morning bell chant mixing with the song of the wind.

  25. George Phoenix May 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to thru hike the Appalachian Trail so I think that’s what I’ll say is my ultimate adventure. I like the mixing of solitude and socializing the trail offers.
    I’ve done some hiking in the Sierras and would definitely be interested in the PCT also. Ooo, Alaska. A trip across the Brooks Range like Buck Nelson did in “Alone Across Alaska”.
    Anywho, I’ll start with an AT thru-hike.

  26. Shawn A May 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I think for me the ultimate dream trip would be to somewhere like Alaska or something. I have never hiked on a glacier and I would love to see glaciers and hike across them. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with climbing, so I would probably have to get some practice with climbing first, but climbing up some mountains in the Alaskan wilderness would be an epic adventure.

  27. Elbereth Gilthoniel May 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    My ultimate Epic Adventure would take place in a magical land called Middle Earth! But in all seriousness, I would love to explore the areas in NZ that are so beautifully depicted in The Lord of the Rings trilogy with my own “fellowship” of friends and family.

  28. Noam Gal May 12, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    My current plan is to hike the PCT next year, but if I can top it off by first finishing the Israel Trail just before taking off to the US, and then heading over to do the Te Araroa in New Zealand, I’d be really really happy.

  29. Tom Murphy May 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    My ulitmate adventure would be a solo Presi traverse in winter.

  30. Fred May 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    My ultimate adventure would be to bike the world starting by rising down the pacific then across the US north states ending in NY. Bike they the world via northern Stans and all the vast beautiful places in between. End up in Africa ride thru deserts and mountains and along the coasts. Yup this would be a dream come true.

  31. Bill Ricci May 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I hope I can do this when (if) I retire: I’m 21 now and have been dreaming of doing this for 10 years. I’ll build a 50′ sailboat and sail around the globe. I would travel the path of the HMS Beagle and visit argentina, the galapagos, etc. and do plenty of hiking at each stop. I would visit many small islands and collect flora, eat pad thai in bangkok, swim with manta rays in the maldives, and I can’t begin to imagine what else. I would have a reverse osmosis filter on my boat in order to have fresh water, and hopefully there would still be enough fish in the ocean so that I could eat some. This is a very far-off dream. On a more realistic note, I’m trying to hike to JMT in august.

  32. S Luna May 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Without a doubt, if I had to choose, the Camino de Santiago would be first on my wish list, hiking from France through Spain, continuing to the end of the world, which is beyond the official trail. This pilgrimage has a rich history, and I know several folks who have completed it or who are there right now! It changes you. Thru hiking the AT is next on my wish list since about one quarter of the trail crosses my home state, and our AT club maintains portions of it. Next, the PCT would make the list since I used to live nearby and have day-hiked Mount Shasta many times. Finally, the UK and NZ make the list since I have several friends who have hiked or live there.

  33. Jeff May 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    My ultimate adventure would be to thru hike the AT with my son. I introduced him to backpacking when he was 10 years old, he is now 18 and just graduated high school and this is a trip he has been thinking about for a few years now. The appeal is twofold, first to spend the quality time with him and the second would be the personal accomplishment that it would provide. Ok, maybe three reasons, the time spent outdoors would also appeal to me.

  34. Dan Smart May 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I would hike the “el Camino de Santiago” or the way of St James following the Geneva and French routes from Switzerland, across France and through northern Spain to the Santiago de Compostela where St James is buried. This is a combination of a hike, touring, and a pilgrimage. Watch the movie “The Way” to get a taste of the French route.

  35. Birch May 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    I would like to through hike the Superior Hiking Trail (Duluth MN to Canada) with my wife and kid. I love that part of the world. What hiking I’ve done there was breathtakingly beautiful every step.

  36. Chad "Stick" Poindexter May 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Being a pretty new hiker, there is so much hiking that I haven’t done, it seems like my ultimate adventure lies in whatever book I am reading at the moment… After having read a few on the PCT, I am really loving the idea of a PCT thru hike… however, I am just starting a book on the El Camino de Santiago, and well, it sounds like it would definitely be an adventure worth taking part in! Then of course, there is my beloved AT… And let’s not forget the CDT… or… or… :)

  37. Andrew May 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    If I were in perfect health, money was not an issue, and I had no responsibilities; I would love to hike the entire length of the Great Himalayan Trail.

  38. Angus May 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I wouldn’t call this an ultimate adventure compared to say backpacking the whole PCT or some other long trail. However, this has been something I would like to do some day…the JMT :)

  39. Joshua Hudson May 14, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    If I could hike any trail and had a way to do it (Money, Time, No major responsibilities) I would probably hike the full length of the PCT!

  40. Joshua Hudson May 14, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Oops. Wrong email. This one has it corrected. As for reasoning that trail has always called to me since I live in Washington. Maybe I could at least section hike it. :)

  41. Earlylite June 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Congrats to Bill Ricci who won this raffle.

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