Jul 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm #1292348
I had a cool idea to allow two people to share cars and make backpacking WAY easier and not require complex hitchhiking or having to travel all the way back to your car.
Basically … two people give each a copy of their car keys.
Then they each travel to different trail heads.
Alice goes to trail head A and Bob got to trail head B.
Alice exits through trail head B and uses Bob's car to drive back to a meeting point.
Bob exits through trail head A and uses Alice's car to drive back to the meeting point.
They then swap cars.
Is there a name for this?
This should allow me to go up into Yosemite and then have another backpacker go into King's Canyon and then we could do a long 40 mile thru hike without having to take 2-3 hours to go back to my car via hitch hiking.
Also, you could meet 1/2 way and exchange details about the trail. The water situation, places to camp, etc.Jul 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm #1897761
@leighbLocale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
Yep, I haven't done it but some friends I know have.Jul 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm #1897764
Is there a name for it?Jul 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm #1897766
Ken T.BPL Member
We do the Lost Coast like this. Two groups hike in from each direction. We meet in the middle and do the key exchange. Then we drive each others cars back to Garberville for the post hike meal and swap back. Works great. We just call it a key swap.Jul 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm #1897768
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Some people at portlandhikers.org did that from two ends of the Columbia GorgeJul 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm #1897784
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
It's better to drive to the trailhead in the other party's car, so that after each finishes the hike they can just go home in their own vehicles, and exchange keys later on. That way, if there are delays, nobody is stuck waiting at the meeting place.
It's a great system but can backfire if something goes wrong. I tried this with a Portland-area couple in the Wind Rivers. It would have worked fine except that my dog got sick and I had to abort my trip. I camped along the trail a few miles from the trailhead to rest the dog. The couple finished early and got by me without my seeing them, so when I got back to the trailhead, their vehicle was gone and they were halfway back to Oregon! I found someone who was going out who agreed to call the couple for me from Pinedale (no cell phone reception at the trailhead) and they sent the Great Outdoors Shop shuttle to rescue me.Jul 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm #1897794
Really good point. I wonder if there is a way to mitigate this problem.
One point here is that you could always plan B it and shuttle/hitchhike back to your car but it is sketch if someone (or some dog) in your party is sick.Jul 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm #1897799
Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
It can work but you better trust the other party – and know if your insurance allows it. For a couple of years I couldn't let anyone else drive my truck due to the insurance I had – I was covered under my at-the-time boyfriend's USAA insurance and he was the only one besides me allowed to drive my vehicle. Once we got married they gave me full coverage and that restriction went away. But having said that….I have to really, really trust someone to let them drive my vehicles and the same back – if you wreck the car god forbid it could be painful.Jul 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm #1897807
John S.BPL Member
We call them key exchange hikes, but Sierra Club national supposedly does not allow them anymore or at least Dallas Sierra Club stopped allowing it.
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