Beyond the busy local trail and bustling car campground lies a more immersive experience. Backpacking offers a richer, more rewarding appreciation of the natural world. Carrying life’s essentials on your back will be both liberating and physically challenging.
If you’re ready to give backpacking a try, follow these 3 steps:
- Find an experienced partner
- Choose an easy beginning route
- Gear up
We will be going into more detail on each of these steps over the next few days. Today’s post is all about finding an experienced partner to start your first hiking experience with.
Step One: Find an Experienced Partner
If you have a friend or two who are backpackers, ask them to take you on a one- or two-night backpacking trip. Chances are they will be happy to share their backpacking expertise with you, can recommend or loan you gear and will likely bring their own gear to share.
If you don’t know a backpacker, find a willing friend to sign up for a backpacking class with you. It is smart and often a lot more fun too, to take at least one other person with you on your first backpacking trip.
Via REI’s website you can find specific backpacking classes across the US.
Tomorrow more on how to choose a route that is easy to begin with as a backpacker.
Alyssa Young &