What I'm going to present is the approach that I've unconsciously used to design backcountry trips over the past few years. This is the starting point of my adventure planning. I first focus on what I want the adventure to communicate to myself, then establishing rules. Then much later, creativity.
Rarely do I get that feeling of oh-shit-this-is-going-to-change-everything from an article I read, but one year ago there it was, in front of me, in the NYT, and it was damning. So damning, I had to reread it 4 or 5 times to make sure that my mind wasn't playing tricks on me.
“Don’t think of a route as just a line between a start and end,” says Casey Greene. “Don’t limit yourself.” It’s not just great advice from the man who maps bikepacking routes for the Adventure Cycling Association, it’s a great way to live."