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BACKPACKING LESSONS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY
Learn from my mistakes and enjoy the wilderness.
BOTCHING FOOD STORAGE
Whether it's a grizzly bear, marmot, or mouse, when wildlife gets interested in your food it's bad news both you and the animals. Practice careful food storage techniques while backpacking to keep everyone safe.
Pack light: sounds simple, but it's not. We often overpack to mask our fears about the outdoors: cold, animals, "what if's." Instead, learn how to have everything you need and need everything you have.
If you've ever miscalculated your water needs on a hot day, you'll know this is one of the most unpleasant hiking mistakes you can make. Know where your water sources are and how much to carry between them.
CHOOSING THE WRONG SHOES
Blisters and other foot problems can be excruciating for backpackers. Make sure to test your footwear thoroughly, and opt for lightweight and breathable where possible. Trail running shoes are a great option.
Our bodies are designed to walk, but too much sitting can lead to bad habits that hurt our knees and other parts while backpacking. Strength and mobility work, on and off the trail, can prevent injury and make hiking more enjoyable.
CHOOSING A BAD CAMPSITE
A great campsite can be one of backpacking's biggest pleasures, but a poorly chosen one can be uncomfortable, cold, and even dangerous. Learn a few simple tips to avoid these mistakes.