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Backpacking Techniques for First Timers

Backpacking Techniques for First Timers

When it comes to backpacking, there is more preparation that goes into planning the trip, as well as executing it. Unlike the average camper, a backpacker has to carry all of their gear on their back while hiking to different camping locations. In general, backpacking is a tougher task than just setting up one camp for a weekend in the wilderness. If you’re a first-time backpacker, here are some helpful tips to make it a successful and enjoyable one.

Pack Only the Necessities

Doing your research beforehand is extremely important when it comes to backpacking. Getting yourself a backpacking pack is necessary because you’ll need to pack it with a tent/hammock, sleeping bag, clothes, food, water, mess kit, first aid, and more. It’s important to remember that you’ll be carrying all of this weight on your back, so you should never over-pack.

Go with an Experienced Backpacker

It’s always better to have someone with you who has backpacked before. If they have the experience, it will be easier for you to manage a backpacking trip. They’ll be able to show you the ropes for a longer weekend carrying a heavier bag while hiking and camping.

Invest in the Gear

Think simple, yet necessary. When preparing, make sure you make a list of all the gear that you’ll need. Besides your sleeping gear, invest in the proper footwear, camping chair, campfire gear, and more. Since you won’t be able to bring fresh food on the trip, dry food is the way to go.

Planning Your First Backpacking Trip

If this is your first longer backpacking excursion, don’t try and do an intense hike. Keep the hike simple and short. It’s recommended to start off with a one-night, two-day hiking trip. You could plan for 12-miles of hiking between two days to just test the waters on your first backpacking trip.

Where Should You Backpack?

Idaho is one of the best places in the United States to explore the wilderness. With mountains, lakes, rivers, and more, you’ll be able to embrace the outdoors and wildlife. At Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge, we provide lodging, camping, hunting, fishing, and summer excursion trips in the backwoods of Idaho.

Contact Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge at 208-842-2417 today or visit us online for more information!

 

 

Photography Hiking Bags for Your Next Adventure

Photography Hiking Bags for Your Next Adventure

Adventure photography is one of the most satisfying forms of photography there is. It allows you to explore different places of the country while taking breathtaking landscaping photos. A photographer deserves to have the best equipment when going on hikes, camping, and exploring the wilderness. A camera bag needs to be durable and simple for… Continue Reading

Discover the History of the Salmon River in Idaho

Idaho has some of the most pristine wilderness in the United States of America, with several different untouched terrains that are naturally inviting and unbelievably breathtaking. In the middle of it all is the Salmon River, offering a refreshing and thrilling experience for all who visit! Formed by sediments over 1.4 billion years ago, the… Continue Reading

A Well-Prepared Backpacking Trip

A Well-Prepared Backpacking Trip

If you’re an avid outdoors person, you’ll know the joys of exploring the wilderness when it comes to hiking, camping, and doing outdoor activities. The world is filled with beautiful places to explore and enjoy. Backpacking is a little more intense because you have to be well-prepared and plan for an intense camping trip. Backpacking… Continue Reading

Try a Winter Getaway Instead of a Summer Vacation

Try a Winter Getaway Instead of a Summer Vacation

Most people want to vacation somewhere warm and tropical, which is always a nice thing, but there is something enjoyable about getting away in the winter. Now, let’s make this clear. We don’t mean going away to a tropical place during the winter. We’re talking about going on a winter vacation to a cozy lodge… Continue Reading

Visiting Idaho? Hike Blowout and Churchill Mountain

Visiting Idaho? Hike Blowout and Churchill Mountain

Everyone knows that the hiking mountain peaks in any state can be extremely tough, but they’re always worth it in the end. If you’ve ever thought about visiting the state of Idaho, you should. Idaho has so much to offer when it comes to exploring the outdoors. From high peaks to lakes and from sand… Continue Reading

Best Places to Visit in Idaho

Best Places to Visit in Idaho

Many travelers throughout the United States don’t think of Idaho as their first place to visit, but it should be. Idaho has some of the most amazing landscapes in the entire country and plenty of reasons why you should consider visiting this great state. Lake Pend Oreille Lake Pend Oreille is the largest lake in… Continue Reading

5 Interesting Facts About Idaho

5 Interesting Facts About Idaho

To many around the United States, Idaho seems like a distant relative that you may not know much about. The reality is Idaho is one of the most beautiful states in all of the country. With mountains, lakes, rivers, sand dunes, and much more, Idaho has something for everybody. Idaho Has the Country’s Tallest Sand… Continue Reading

Why Outdoor Adventure is Beneficial for Your Life

Why Outdoor Adventure is Beneficial for Your Life

Vacations are wonderful, especially with your family. But even if you don’t have a family to look after, a vacation is needed for stress relief from school or jobs. Many people like to just go and sit on a beach for a weekend, or some like to just relax and stay home on their vacation.… Continue Reading

Helpful Tips for Your First Time Horseback Riding

Helpful Tips for Your First Time Horseback Riding

Whether you have tried horseback riding or not, your first time on a horse can be an intimidating event. It’s an experience that introduces you to the fun of the sport, as well as the enjoyment of bonding with an animal. Before you saddle up, there are a few steps to keep in mind to… Continue Reading

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