Some nice reflections thus far......
I guess it it my turn to share; since I started the thread and have not answered my own question
Let me begin by sharing the same sentiment that CrossCountry did; I consider it a privilege to be able to share a forum with such great members. Since joining HST two years ago, my interest in backpacking has expanded from an "enjoyable outing" to a "year round passion"; HST has been instrumental in this transition. While my experience in the "Range of Light" is limited to a few outings a year (never more than a week), these few escapes fuel me year round. It is great to be able to participate in this community and learn about the tools and resources that help make these outings more enjoyable and rewarding. THANKS
As for the questions:
1) My ultimate backpacking trip thus far was my High Sierra Trail venture from this past July.(viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8014
It had many of my ingredients for a good time:
* Decent Fishing
(Hamilton Lake, Kern River, Guitar Lake)
* Good Scenery
(diverse & beautiful/ places like Precipice Lake will stop you dead in your tracks)
* Fair Weather
(sunny,warm,and a few afternoon T-showers to cool us off)
(a 7 day trip might seem like a drop in the bucket for many, but it is huge for me)
* Good Company
(being able to share it all with a great team)
2) As far as my Ultimate, I would have to agree with Almost There by stating "the next one". I have set my sights on a Northern Yosemite loop (jpeg) The main excitement for me this time around will be integrating some cross country into the route (will be my first off trail Sierra travel). I have been fortunate to receive some HST input and guidance on this one.
trip would be to embark on any one of the epic trips mentioned in this thread (i.e. Wandering Daisy's, Marksor's, LMBSGV's, RougePhotonics' etc.) This is not my lot in life right now, but should I ever get the opportunity I will surely seize it.
Happy Trails !(and/or off trails)