An Introduction to Backpacking

Backpacking is a fun hobby and sport. It is both challenging and adventurous. And it appeals to young and old, male and female. It is something virtually anyone can take part in, and there are countless options on how and where to start. Backpacking is a great way to get exercise and have fun at the same time. Read on to learn more about what backpacking is all about.

Backpacking is the combination of hiking and camping. Backpacking trips involve hiking through wilderness areas and camping overnight. As the name implies, backpackers carry everything they need on their back. A backpacking trip can last one night or multiple nights. The longer the trip the more that must be packed and carried, so planning is essential. Some areas that are very popular backpacking destinations will have camp sites set up. These sites may be as simple as a fire ring and posted maps, or they can be luxurious and offer cabins. Many other areas may provide nothing at all for backpackers, and here you will set up camp wherever you find a good spot.

There is a community in backpacking. Everyone works together to preserve the wilderness that they love. There are certain accepted and unaccepted behaviors in backpacking. Backpackers try not to disturb or damage the area they travel in. They clean up all traces of their camp and never litter or take anything along their travels.

For all backpackers, safety is the first consideration and it must be in front of the mind at all times. There can be several hazards in backpacking and a person who does not think about being safe could fall prey. The backpack itself can pose problems if a person does not learn how to fit it and pack it properly. The physical activity can be strenuous and a person must be conditioned to handle walking through uneven and rough terrain. First aid and general wilderness safety is another useful aspect for the backpacker to know. It can be easy to get lost in the wilderness, and getting hurt can happen. So it pays every backpacker to have a good handle on staying safe.

People backpack for different reasons. Some do it for the great exercise, which it is undoubtedly is. Some people like backpacking because of the adventure and love of nature. Others backpack as a way to learn and explore the outdoors. Whatever the reason, there are large and expanding numbers of backpackers. They explore and they love the wilderness, and have the common goal of a getting a good backpacking experience which can provide memories that last a lifetime.