As many hikers will tell you you will probably end up going through several backpacks if you hike or backpack for any length of time. I know I have went through several and some of which have been bad decisions. I am writing this article to help you know what to expect and look for when choosing a backpack.
It wasn’t until recently that I started using trekking poles. I had never really liked the idea of having my hands full when trying to hike. After a few times of slipping and falling on the trail I decided to give trekking poles a try. In this article I will be discussing trekking poles in-depth.
Anytime you’re going to be out at night on the trail you should definitely have some form of lighting with you. Even if you’re not planning on being out at night when on the trail it is still a good idea to have a light with you. I am a big believer of expect the unexpected and even on day hikes I carry a small flashlight with me just in case. The flashlight I carry is very small and can be used in emergencies. If I am planning on spending the night in the woods that I carry a different light with me that happens to be a headlamp. In this article I will be discussing lighting when on the trail.
A few weeks ago I went on a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail from Clingmans Dome to Cades Cove and stayed overnight in the Derrick Knob shelter. I went with a group of people that I had never hiked with before and I had very little planning time because I decided to go the afternoon before we left out. During the little time I was preparing for this trip I did not check the 8 things listed below and ended up paying for it. It rained the whole time and was much colder than I expected. I was completely wearing the wrong shoes for the muddy conditions and I didn’t know the elevation changes of the terrain. After that trip I decide to never cut corner on the planning. Here are the list of 8 things you should know before ever heading out.