Any time you are going out for a hike, whether it's just for a day hike or a week long trip, you need to plan ahead and prepare for what’s going to happen, so that you aren’t forced into making poor decisions while out on the trail.
I know it’s a little early to be talking about, even thinking about, what you will do after your thru-hike or LASH is over.
But, sometimes, it is so hard to keep these thoughts and anxieties at bay. Especially, when you have zero plans for what's coming next. I know, I've been there!
I recently had my own burst of inspiration after digging through some old gear and finding a free map of the state of Colorado I picked up that was marked for road cycling routes, but also clearly shows all the wilderness areas, state and national parks!
I have a not-so-secret love of maps! I love to look at them, study the roads and trails, ogle the contour lines; it’s hard to explain how much I love maps. So I pinned this Colorado state map up in my hallway where I see it several times a day.
It didn’t take me long to realize how many cool-looking wilderness areas and parks were within a couple hours drive of my home base and I quickly made a list of all the new places I wanted to go explore on just one or two-day trips.
Tip #1: Get a good map of your area.
One of the most common questions I hear, or problems I see happening for people who want to get into backpacking, is – where do I even begin??? Preparing for your first backpacking can be overwhelming.
Don’t worry! I am here to help you plan out your first ever backpacking trip, without overthinking it too much.