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11. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2423 posts) 4y

A staring point is a place where you park your car or get dropped of by a bus and you begin hiking (or canoeing, etc.) to get to your remote camping spot.

Cheers,
Terry

PS Forget about renting/buying a car, period. That will never happen under any circumstances.

12. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 4y

Terry,
I did not know you lived in Banff. I was there one summer back in the 80s. A beautiful part of the world. I go to the Banff Film Festival presentation at our library every year. They pick about 2 hours of the best films from the festival and travel all over the US & Canada showing them, usually at libraries. Always a fun evening.

Perhaps you can help get Jasper out on his adventure. Take him from Calgary to a great spot for back country hiking and he is on his way!

13. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 4y

Jasper,
I was telling you the law in Nevada. A child own a car, they cannot insure it, register it or drive it. A vehicle is property and anyone can own property.

Terry is right, you will not be renting or driving while in North America. Unless you delay this adventure until you are 18. Then things change. I helped James, a 18 yr old Brit: buy, insure, register a van in May. He is now driving around the US for 3 months. He will come back to Vegas to sell it in August. At 18, you can have a much different trip than one at 17. Something to consider. Mike

14. Posted by Discover- (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

Quoting CheersT

A staring point is a place where you park your car or get dropped of by a bus and you begin hiking (or canoeing, etc.) to get to your remote camping spot.

Cheers,
Terry

PS Forget about renting/buying a car, period. That will never happen under any circumstances.

I understand. I already dropped the whole car idea actually - it's unrealistic to get this done at my age anyway. :)

Quoting vegasmike6

Terry,
I did not know you lived in Banff. I was there one summer back in the 80s. A beautiful part of the world. I go to the Banff Film Festival presentation at our library every year. They pick about 2 hours of the best films from the festival and travel all over the US & Canada showing them, usually at libraries. Always a fun evening.

Perhaps you can help get Jasper out on his adventure. Take him from Calgary to a great spot for back country hiking and he is on his way!

Hehe, now wouldn't that be just amazing? :)

Quoting vegasmike6

Jasper,
I was telling you the law in Nevada. A child own a car, they cannot insure it, register it or drive it. A vehicle is property and anyone can own property.

Terry is right, you will not be renting or driving while in North America. Unless you delay this adventure until you are 18. Then things change. I helped James, a 18 yr old Brit: buy, insure, register a van in May. He is now driving around the US for 3 months. He will come back to Vegas to sell it in August. At 18, you can have a much different trip than one at 17. Something to consider. Mike

Well so be it. I'm not going to wait till I'm 18 as long as that choice is up to me. And that's just amazing. I never knew there were still forums filled up with people like.. pretty much everyone who replied to this topic! It's really awesome to see that. :)

I believe all my questions have been answered for so far. I will definitely print this topic and keep it in a spot I will never lose. And in case I ever have any more questions, I'll make sure to ask them on these awesome forums!

Thanks a lot guys - I'll let you all know how the trip has been once I'm back. :)

Greetings,
Jasper

15. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 4y

Jasper,
Take a look at couchsurfing. This is one way around renting a room. You stay FREE with a local that is offering a couch. Should be perfect for your trip. Mike

16. Posted by Discover- (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

Quoting vegasmike6

Jasper,
Take a look at couchsurfing. This is one way around renting a room. You stay FREE with a local that is offering a couch. Should be perfect for your trip. Mike

What a great idea! I remember my sister talking about that, must indeed by truly amazing to experience such thing!

Thanks for yet another great idea. =D

17. Posted by amelia_anna (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Hi Jasper,

Your adventure sounds great! Staying in a yurt or set up camp, would be good for a longer period. These places give you access to the wilderness but with the safety of having someone know that your there. Its helpful to have these lines on contact. It would not be too wise to not take a phone, but I can understand your want to get back to nature.

The main thing is to let your family or someone know where you are along the way or where you'll be, especially if your alone. Checking out the national parks or finding a host family on a natural retreat could give you a home base to explore and hike from.

Amelia

18. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 4y

Love your sense of adventure Jasper - you're definitely not too young to be out there doing something, even if logistics are a bit harder than they would be when you are older.

As somewhat a side-note, if you want to get out and test the waters a bit; consider doing some short trips out of the Netherlands as well. When I was younger (I lived in the Netherlands while a teenager), we used to go on cycling trips down to Luxembourg for example. It's no Alaska by any means, but there are still some great relatively remote areas to ride through and some beautiful campsites to pitch a tent at. Travelling by bike is totally liberating, which I think is very much what you are after. And going on a trip a bit nearer home like that will help prepare you a bit for bigger adventures overseas. All the planning / organisation / self-reliance will be good preparation. It can be as short as a few days. And being in Holland you can pretty much be in another country within a day even on a bike :)

Speaking of which, there's no law against cycling around the US at your age ;) Much faster than hiking for sure and more fun/adventurous than catching a bus ;)

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