Backpacking has long been a great way to get back in touch with nature, and now it seems that more than just the boy scouts are enjoying this type of activity more and more. It is relatively easy to get started, and armed with the proper information, can provide a great way to get some exercise and see the finer sites that mother nature has to offer. This is unique in that beside a sturdy pair of walking shoes, and a backpack of supplies, there is really no special equipment that is needed unlike other sports. And in point of fact, this activity can be enjoyed by persons of any age, provided that there is some fitness level already attained. However, even for the non-athlete, this particular hobby will help the practitioners to become more fit, which is simply a great offshoot of being able to follow the trail. For beginners though, there are certain things that must be learned prior to starting because even though it looks like fun, there are always dangers lurking.
Backpacking is typically seen as a combination of hiking trails and camping in the park. The usual course of action is to walk the trails during the daylight hours and putting up a tent at night to provide some element of protection against the elements, which is one of the critical items that will be carried by one of the persons in the party. This is one of the tell tale signs of a backpacker, since the rather bulky looking pack often contains items that look heavy, but are typically only large. Although there is no time limit for most of these excursions, a plan of action should be made and other people notified of the planned course.
The critical area that must not be neglected is to plan out exactly what will be used during the trip and making sure that the backpack will hold everything. Knowing that campsites are readily available at most of the more established trails will help to cut down on the amount of equipment that must be carried. This can include such things as hot running water and bathroom facilities, which are important as these things aren’t common along an extended trail.
Another item that most backpackers know is the common bond that is shared between them and the nature that surrounds them. They take care of the flora and fauna that is all around, causing minimal disturbance to the area even as it is explored along the way. While some things will be used up along the trail — paper products in particular, these are to be picked up and disposed of properly, not simply discarded, destroying the beauty of the natural landscape. It is not right to pick up souvenirs along the way, as this may detract from future explorers who won’t be able to enjoy the same scenery. It is better to get a virtual copy as a memorial of the trip, and since digital cameras are getting smaller and lighter, it is a handy item to go into the backpack.
The most important thing about any backpack trip is the health and well being of all parties partaking of this adventure. There should be at least one person in the group who is trained and certified in first-aid procedures in case of an emergency. It also vital that each person is aware that the wild has a number of dangers that can be harmful if the proper preparation is not done.
This is a great activity with many healthful benefits. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise that people can do today. And since this is accomplished in the great outdoors, there are a great number of sights that can be seen along the way as well. But outdoor survival methods can be learned as well, which can be beneficial if such a situation ever arose in the future.
This can be something simple such as learning how to start a fire or knowing how to set up an emergency shelter in a hurry. These are great techniques for beginners, and this activity can be enjoyed even more as further experience is gained.