If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail you may be dreaming of ultra-scenic vistas, peaceful streamside campsites, and eating all the candy bars your heart desires without gaining any weight….
While hiking is arguably the most ‘risky’ time of a backpacking trip, most of us spend more time hanging around the campsite. We might be more likely to fall and get banged up while actually walking and moving around in the backcountry, but there are also a whole set of different risks that can present themselves after we settle into camp for the night. [Read more…] about Campsite Safety Tips
One of the biggest fears, and dangers, that hikers face is wildlife. But we need to remember that any animal we encounter on the trail or at a campsite belongs there. We are just passing through.
The goal is to pass through their home as respectfully as possible, not only to help maintain a healthy habitat for them, but also to keep ourselves and other hikers safe by preventing the creation of nuisance animals and provoked attacks.
Guest Post by: Cheryl Texeira
It’s true that I prefer to hike in areas where there are not too many people and where I can let my dogs off their leashes, but sometimes it is difficult to avoid these things. When there are people around, I have found some techniques to help keep everyone happy; you, your dogs and the people around you. Below are some tips to better hiking with dogs.
One of the biggest questions new backpackers have is - Where do I begin?? What do I do first??
First, close your eyes, and take a deep breath.
Second, let out a big exhale, and put on a big smile while you think about how amazing it's going to be out there on the trail.
Ok, now on to the details!
Luckily, backpacking is a fairly simple activity to learn, compared to say down hill skiing or rock climbing, but there are a few skills you need to master to stay safe and happy on the trail.