You need a guide to go on a hike.
I know that not everyone needs a guide. There are those intrepid souls who take a map and a compass and head out into the wilderness to find their way.
There are even those who head off without a map. Lewis and Clark come to mind, but my admiration for them is another post entirely.
We, however, need a guide.
And we found a guide in this book (which will hereafter be known as WLH):
Kathy and Craig Copeland hike a lot. And they have a great website. Their second date was a 20 miler. Did I say they hike a lot? We want to hike a lot. Perfect combination. They have a number of other books as well; and, before we had gone a mile, I was also the proud owner of this book (known as DWYT):
And because I have a tendency to be a little left brain (do not laugh!), I also am now the owner of nine maps covering the length of the Canadian Rockies from the US border to Jasper National park.
Did you know I was a scout leader for five years?