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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:46 am 
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Can you suggest a good website for a beginner backpacker? I would like more info on what others pack and where people go in my area. Thanks!
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What area are you talking about?

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A very good question.
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My original training came from the Boy Scouts and then experience along the way.

I would start out by Googling "beginner backpacker" or "backpacker basics" and see where that takes you. I did it and saw some decent articles. A couple of things to be aware of: good boots are critical, and you want a light tent and sleeping bag along with a good backpack. The more weight you carry, the tougher it gets, especially at higher altitudes. Also, get yourself in shape. Before my last trip to the mountains, I would carry 50 lbs in my backpack for 5 to 10 miles each weekend (sometimes both days) in the Forest Preserve near our house and work out during the week too. If i were you, would make my first couple of trips on more level land so you can see if you have what you need and are comfortable. Backpacking is a great way to get into the back country and see a part of nature that most never see.

If you have more questions, just ask and everybody here will try to help!

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You might try perusing the REI website, especially their Expert Advice section.


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Colin Fletcher (God rest his boots and soul) is the father of modern backpacking. His last book, The Complete Walker IV is the essential bible for any backpacker and quite useful for hikers too. It will certainly help you determine what you really need for a backpacking trip. I can't say any website wil size up completely to the information you will glean from this book.

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