LOVED the hike!! My mother in law (and Geof. agrees) that she doesn't like camping where you have to drive in all the food and tents and crap that goes along with traditional camping. I used to think they were nuts! I LOVE camping and I especially like the food part of camping. (: BUT..., backpacking is great. Easy prep and easy clean up. The hike was perfect and the 7 girls I went with were all so fun. We were just all so giddy and happy to be free of any responsibilities (yes, we're all moms). It was so great. I don't know how we'd do with kids, or how hard it'd be to do a 5 or more day backpack, but an overnighter was more than I could of hoped for.