RE: Want to learn to backpack
2008-12-01 17:36:07 GMT
Missing the MOST important thing................Toilet Paper!!!!!!
From: BackpackingLight <at> yahoogroups.com
[mailto:BackpackingLight <at> yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of James D. Marco
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:28 AM
To: BackpackingLight <at> yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [BackpackingLight] Want to learn to backpack
Backpacking, lightweight packing, ultralight packing (UL),
packing (SUL), day packing, (and all the other names for it,) all boil
down to one
basic activity: hiking. Often, to some destination.
Typically, hiking for any distance (3 miles or more) will involve an
overnight stay...usually along the trail.
A typical weekend may involve preparing the night before, on a thursday:
1) Packing your gear
a) loading sleeping bag
b) packing underwear
c) loading food for a couple days
d) loading tent
2) Replenishing supplys:
a) filling fuel bottle
b) filling water bottles
c) filling water treatment bottles
3) Repairing what got broke last time, replacing stuff, etc.
1) leave work on friday, around 1500.
2) travel to the trail head (usually uses a couple hours...till 1700)
3) hike till about an hour before dark
4) setup camp
a) tent and/or tarp
b) gather firewood (for the morning, too)
c) layout bedding
d) prepare bear-bag (about 100' off)
5) cook supper (not IN camp and often after dark)
7) evening fire
8) hang bear-bag
9) change cloths and sleep
1) start fire
2) get bear-bag
3) cook breakfast (drink water, make new)
4) clean up
5) put out fire (if it didn't go out)
6) Tear down camp, dry if needed and possible
6) pack gear
7) check fire (distribute ashes/stones/ground as needed)
Leave campsite (0700, earlier in summer, later in winter)
Hike till ~0900-1000, when you find a good spot, time for a break.
Hike till 1300-1500, when you find a good spot, time for a break.
If you get to your goal, time to stop hiking and relax.
Same routine as above, 'cept you have been hiking, not working.
Now, we have the basics out of the way, and we can discuss the
stuff. 'Corse, some will say hiking IS interesting...and camping...and
and fishing...and taking pictures...and climbing...and well, you get the
My thoughts only . . .
BTW: It's ALL interesting!
At 01:58 PM 11/24/2008, you wrote:
>Hey everyone! I am from MS and have never been backpacking. I am so
ready to learn everything about it. I am not the type to go alone, but
would like to go with someone who knows a little about it. I'm married,
two children, a teacher (5th grade science), a GS leader who has camped
in cabins, and a tiny bit of tent camping. Love to hear from you all and
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