Backpacking from late Spring, through Summer, and into early Fall is incredibly enjoyable. I love setting out at a trailhead with a featured destination in mind and pushing on until we arrive. In my opinion, backpacking to a new destination is preferred to visiting known areas. There's something about exploring with a pack on that makes and outdoor adventure complete.
Whether squeezing in a weekend overnighter or setting out on a 50-miler with the Scout troop, backpacking almost always makes memorable experiences. The kids and dog love to go too. We're to the point where getting ready is a synch and we can focus entirely on the scenery and wildlife.
Can't wait for the next backpacking trip!
Over the years we've learned how to pull off the perfect backpacking trip. We've learned how to plan, what gear and supplies to take, how to prepare for the weather, how to stay safe and how to ensure we get back home safe.
Adventure Story: 50 Miles in 4 Days
...and one of the boys yelled out, "Hey, is that a bear?!?!"
We all looked over and saw a black bear charging for a herd of sheep in a little valley..."
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If you're like us you'll love the trail and backpacking will become second nature. Let's get started.
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect backpacking trip. To really enjoy backpacking we found you have to conquer hunger and fatigue. The 3 main keys to enjoying backpacking:
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We all have different risk tollerances. As I've gotten older I've consciously slowed down a lot and take fewer risks. I've seen guys with life-altering injuries who can't enjoy the outdoors any longer. I talked with a man this week who has messed up his knees and joints so much he can't go on a simple hike. That can't be me!
When we venture out, we need to keep in mind that we have future outdoor experiences to enjoy so we need to get home safe after every one. Our chances of survival and safe return increase with a few principles:
Having the right first aid supplies handy can help a lot. Make sure you have the right supplies for the activities you're doing.
You want light weight, durable gear for backpacking outings. We start with the larger essential gear for shelter and sleeping. Then we organize 3 essentials kits: gear, first aid, toiletries.
Let's start with the larger protective gear:
Now let's look st the 3 essentials kits:
First Aid Kit (IFAK)
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I'm a former Scout Master. I've used or seen others use just about every outdoor product you can imagine. When it comes to hiking, there are some pretty tried and true products you can rely on. Here are some of the outdoor products we recommend taking on all outings.
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Being prepared with some survival skills, trail information, and weather forecasts can make your hike relaxing and help you get home safe.
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We love our trail time! We hope your outings this year are memorable, relaxing, full of adventure, and safe.
We'd love to hear about any memorable stories you experience. Submit them to us and if we feel the story matches the site we'll publish it.
Gear up, prepare, and hit the trail! Enjoy!
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