During my youth, I've always been quite the fan of hiking and being outdoors. With my family, we had a standard trip to the Alps (I'm from Belgium, by the way) every year until I turned 16 or something, where we had some amazing trips. Because of my parents' divorce, these kinds of trips finally ceased but recently (I'm now 29, coming on 30), I went back there and had an amazing time. I did a load of one day hikes, with one semiclimb (no vertical, just no path and a lot of very steep rocks ending in a ledge of 100m that was way too narrow for my liking) that was, because of my mild fear of hights, pretty nerve wrecking but amazing at the same time.
Either way, that holiday adventure refueled my enthousiasm for these types of trips and while doing some internet research, I stumbled upon this amazing adventure of four guys who did a 33 day backcountry trip through the Alaskan (is that a word?) wilderness. For the record, I'm not looking for something exactly similar as I can't afford to be away from work for over a month and don't have the necessary experience.
I have two friends who are also very keen in joining me on these trips, so I'm happy to not have to go alone. The question is though, how do you start with all of this? Especially in my case, Since I'm not from North America, I'm kind of limited in ways to build up experience. I've got a 3 day trip planned to northern France to do a test run for some things like setting up tents, cooking our own food, handling your own waste, hiking with a 'heavy' backpack, etc... Somewhere next year, we have the Scottish Highlands on our list and the next trip we would make would be to northern Sweden. Both countries allow wild camping (with some regulation obviously) without being too desolate.
I'm wondering if the above trips would be enough to prepare us for our final goal, which would be 10-14 days out in Alaska. Any tips, tricks or general advice in regards would be very welcome.
Thanks in advance, and apologies for any potential spelling errors since English is not my native language.