I've spent years hiking in the Pacific Northwest and now have a few months free before starting med school. I have never had an opportunity to hike in the Southwest and now is the time. I do not have a car which seems quite necessary to get to remote trail heads. Also, I've learned the hard way not to hike alone. I'm thinking of breaking down and buying a clunker to get a few good months of travel. We'll see. If you have suggestions or would like to join with me I would love to hear from you.