3 Steps to Better Backpacking
This includes where you want to start each day, where you want to camp at the end of the day, and how many miles in between the stops. Knowing the miles gives you a goal to shoot for each day.
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Backpacks: This brings us to phase two--packing. The first thing you want to choose is a good backpack. You have two options: external frame (on the left) or internal frame (on the right). Generally, external frames cost less than internal frames. They give more support to the back in my opinion, but others call them too rigid. Internal frames morph to your spine, giving your back a little more cushion. Whichever pack you choose make sure the pack has straps to carry tents and sleeping bags as well. Tents and sleeping bags come in many sizes and shapes. Pick a small tent (one/two man) because they are easy to carry. Pick a sleeping bag that will be good for the climate. (mummy bag in cold places, lighter sleeping bag in warm places)
Bring collared shirts because they can be rolled up in the heat and buttoned up in the cold. It's also important to practice layering in colder climates. Wool traps heat in, but also soaks up moisture. Make sure to pack a light jacket that is waterproof. Ponchos provide cover for yourself and your pack.
- Extra food
- Extra water
- Extra clothing
- Sun glasses/hat
- First Aid Kit
On your next hike remember the three P's of backpacking: planning, packing, and performance. This will help you have a good hike any time, any where.
Man Law #4: Enjoy the outdoors. On any hike you tackle be prepared physically, mentally, and materially.