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    Senior Member weminuche's Avatar
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    I love backpacking. It's been a few yrs since I have done it....kids and starting a business. I used to go at least once a year in Colorado. My screen name is actually the name of one of my favorite destinations there.

    Pick up a Thermarest pad and the small light kit to turn it into a really comfy chair. Both uses make for some majorly appreciated comfort....especially in rocky terrain..
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    Some gear is necessary, but I'm constantly eliminating items on trips.
    No doubt. After humping it through the mountains, the desire to start eliminating stuff is STRONG.

    A few thoughts....

    I use a propane type stove and a water filter. I rarely go alone, so that helps with splitting the gear that will used by both....like the stove, a water filter, cooking gear.

    I used to carry several lighting devices. Now I carry only a headlight and a tiny single AAA LED flashlight for backup. The headlight is all you need.

    A lot of the freeze-dried food is really good. Sturdy well broken in boots are a must. Bring blister firstaid. Moleskin, rubbing alcohol and tincture of benzion.

    Try to get some exercise wearing your pack b4 the trip. It uses a lot of different muscles that you dont use w/o the pack.

    Try to plan your stopping/camping spots near a water source.

    I also bring a pair of lightweight sandals. Awesome to get out of the heavy boots around camp. They are also extremely valuable if you have to cross / walk though a stream. The ice cold water + rocky bottom + heavy pack sucks barefoot, and wet boots sucks even worse.
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    I've always loved the sound of backpacking. Trekking the wilderness of the outdoors and travelling cross the globe. I already travel around the world a lot so I think I'm gonna try going gap-packing (backpacking during your gap year between HS and college) to Antarctica. That would be fucking unreal.

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    Go canoeing in the Quetico
    Best 15 days of my life

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    Quote Originally Posted by yowhatup View Post
    Go canoeing in the Quetico
    Best 15 days of my life
    sounds like diverciones

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