A Backpacking SUCCESS!
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!