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A Backpacking SUCCESS!

June 9, 2014

Click HERE for a full PHOTO ACCOUNT of our trip in the CATSKILLS.


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - This past Saturday into Sunday, I went on my first EVER (granted mini) backpacking trip


As per the NYNJTC's suggestion, we trekked through the Catskills along part of the Escarpment Trail up to Blackhead Mountain, a total of about 12 miles.  Since it was a trial run for me, we kept the hiking within a shorter loop that stayed within reach of my automobile.  Luckily, everything was just peachy and no solace was required!


Backpacking is a great way to explore sections of parks and wilderness that many people do not have access to on day-hikes.  While this first trip was Backpacking 101, I'm confident that future trips will gradually become longer and more intricate, allowing for more unique hikes!


A few things to learn before you backpack:

  • How to properly pack

  • How to bring proper foodstuffs (and how to prepare them)

  • How to hang a bear bag!

  • How to start a fire

  • & much more!


I am thinking about creating instructional videos for a few of these topics as time goes on, so be on the lookout!  For now, be sure to research these items and then some before attempting a backpacking trip...preparation is key!


Looking forward to upping my backpacking game, and sharing what I learn along the way!

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