I just found out that my acl graft from surgery last december is blown, so now I'm waiting to get surgery again. I need something productive to do with the next year, since I didn't apply to college in order to move to utah and ski. I'm gonna try and get ems certification and do some other outdoor first aid courses in the fall/winter, and then in the spring, when I'm getting near six months post op, I want to do a several month backpacking trip. Being from massachusetts, the obvious choice is the appalachian trail. However, I'd really prefer to do a trip somewhere out west, where it won't be crowded as fuck, and I'll really be out in the backcountry as opposed to the east coast where you're always near something. I know there must be a ton of routes out west but I'm struggling to find them online and I really need to start researching and planning right now, so I don't go fucking crazy. Anyone have any good suggestions? I'm thinking 1000 mile minimum, but gimme whatever you've got. Fuck knees.