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The Manual: Plan an Expedition

Go big with these expedition trip planning tips.
 june 2010 skills plan an expedition 445x260(Illustration by Supercorn)

Mark Your Calendar

>> Circle trip dates, plus the lead-up period.
Include start/finish dates for tasks like grocery shopping, packing, and training. Highlight deadlines for permit applications, airline or shuttle booking, and holidays that might stop mail on a resupply day.

>> Ship a “bounce box” filled with extra gear to key resupply points.
(Allow 10 days for delivery, or pay for expedited service.) UPS usually works best for remote spots, but you need a ship-to location like an outfitter or motel (call for permission). Or mail it USPS “General Delivery.” Write on the box, “Hold for , to arrive .”

>> Create a trip itinerary
, with daily mileages, start/stop points, cruxes, etc.

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