Maximize That Weekend Escape

Jan 17, 2007
Outside Magazine
essential skills

The Scenario: Heading to a mountain town for a wedding or corporate retreat.
The Problem: How to meet social and work obligations and still play outside?
The Solution: Great new multitasking gear and apparel, plus our custom itinerary.

Three tips from Susan Foster, author of Smart Packing for Today's Traveler: (1) Get a 22-inch rolling carry-on with a suit compartment. (2) Bring only two pairs of shoes. (Try a formal pair and a hiker that passes muster at the bar.) (3) Use all available space by rolling up underwear and socks and tucking them into your shoes.

Friday Afternoon
Lie. Tell your friends your flight arrives an hour later than it actually does and use the time for a stealth hike. You'll feel more energized for happy hour.

Saturday Morning
Skip the hypersocial breakfast and recruit others for a high-intensity two-hour outing. Research trails before the trip (try and keep your group to four or fewer.

Saturday Evening
Join everyone for the pre-dinner hot-tubbing, but try not to soak for more than 15 minutes (dehydrates you). Clean up and suit up for the night's event.

Sunday Morning
Ease the hangover (which you probably won't have if you stuck to sake; click here) with a protein-rich brunch, then hit the trails for a mellow preflight hike.

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