Planning the First Backpacking Trip

Every backpacker had their first backpacking experience. It is important to plan for the first trip, as well as all those follow, because the unfamiliar backcountry can be a dangerous place. It is important for the novice backpacker to do a lot of reading in order to gain a full understanding of the sport. If…

Every backpacker had their first backpacking experience. It is important to plan for the first trip, as well as all those follow, because the unfamiliar backcountry can be a dangerous place. It is important for the novice backpacker to do a lot of reading in order to gain a full understanding of the sport. If it is possible it is advisable to join with an experienced backpacker for the first adventure.

Any backpacking trip requires careful planning. Telling friends and family about the area to be explored is critical. The information can be put in diagram form on a map. The map, along with a tentative time table of where the hiking will take place each day, will be beneficial for everyone involved.

The backpack is what will be carried all day. It is important to plan wisely. Every person needs to know how much weight they are capable of carrying. The simpler the bag is packed, and the lighter the load, then it is the easier to carry. Everyone needs to consider the number of days of hiking, the miles, the terrain, the altitude, the weather, and plan accordingly.

When the day arrives, and the trip begins, it is important to start out on the hike by listening to the body. If it is saying it is tired then it is important to rest. If it is saying it is hungry then it is time to eat. If it is complaining about being cold then it is time to warm it. Listening to the body keeps the hiker safe and healthy.

When beginning the trek it is important to make sure the pack is riding correctly on the body. During the walk, although there will be a slight leaning forward of the body, due to the pack, it is important to maintain the posture through the day. This will help to prevent muscle strain. A backpacker does not want to suffer from a severe backache. Begin walking the trail. Sometimes a pace will be established. It is important to maintain a pace that provides a certain comfort level.

During the entire hike it is essential to observe the trail. It is important to watch out for rocks or other hindrances on the trail. There might also be a snake or two, it is important to be prepared for such a discovery. Observing the trail may help prevent a sprain or other injury.

As the hiking continues – everyone learns more about the sport. This is a new adventure. Hopefully all goes well so the next trip can be planned.