@trails Hello there! I just made a post about trying to find someone as well. I can definitely relate to your story as I'm currently going through the same thing. Got all my equipment & location but no one to go with. I'm loving the support from REI staff, but they can't bring their support out there irl and I understand that. If you can't find an experienced backpacker, let me know! Learning how to do these sort of things is def better done with someone vs without anyone. Depending on how up North you are and how central I am, I can probably make things work out on my end.