Backpacker's Start-Up: A Beginner?s Guide to Hiking and by Doug Werner

By Doug Werner

Aimed in particular on the amateur outdoors adventurer, this complete consultant explains the fundamental equipment, arrangements, precautions, and methods required for day climbing and brief backpacking journeys. via informative, pleasing, and inspiring own anecdotes, the consultant emphasizes the actual, aesthetic, and non secular merits of spending time in nature. crucial first reduction and map-reading details can also be integrated.

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Parting Words ● Buy a name brand mummy bag with a tempera ture rating of 20 degrees or less. Sleeping Pads Everything’s perfect. Weather, plans, preparations, your physical and mental well-being. You’ve hiked 10 miles, made camp, prepared a decent meal and it’ s time to turn in. You bundle up in bag and tent and soon you’re sawing Zs. m. you wake on the hard ground. The sleeping pad has lost air. Sleep after that is intermittent and pocked with wicked dreams. Without a repair kit you can forget about enjoying the rest of your hike.

Make sure your backpack rests on your hips comfortably. Your shoulders carry maybe 20% of the weight. The straps should not dig. com 46 Chapter Four Price tags External frame Internal frame Daypacks Renting External frame Internal frame $120–190* $175–300 $30–55 $10–20 first day. $5–10 each additional day. $50 deposit. $15–25 first day. $5–10 each additional day. $50 deposit. *Price ranges are approximate. It looks like a lot but if the pack fits, 45 pounds will not be a problem for this hiker.

Look for ways to conserve space and to cut weight. Your ability to do that grows each trip you take. Once you’ve been out there, you will know what you need and when you need it. ● Packing ● Keep items you need during the day handy: Map! Water! Also snacks, pullover, poncho, moleskin, first-aid kit and fishing gear. 59 Art of packing Step Three: Sack each organized pile ... ). ● Pack fuel separately from food (and everything else). ● Pad sharp-edged items. ● Distribute and balance your load carefully.

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