To thru-hike, or not to thru hike, that seems to be an underlying question to an avid backpackers goals. I myself have dreamed of the glory and achievement of completing a 2600 mile, long distance trail called the Pacific Crest Trail. The idea of hiking through the desert lands of the Mojave to the snow capped peaks of the North Cascades seems like a wild adventure that any hiker would try their hand at. Always on the move, getting in touch with nature, finding like-minded individuals on trail to build long lasting relationships with… this nomadic minimalism speaks to me and tens of thousands of other people across the world on an evolutionary and spiritual level. So, why the big question? Why not try living on the land through such a vast and expanding wildernesses, so full of mystery and ever-changing landscapes that even our dreams cannot capture? Because you might get sick of it. Continue reading
When looking into new equipment for your gear inventory, it’s hard to miss the ever popular backpacking craze of today, which is going as light as possible. Whether that is leaving the unnecessary stuff at home or upgrading your essentials to lighter and higher tech gear, people are gravitating toward its message: “I want to have a good time out in the wild, but I don’t want to break my back to do it.” Continue reading
noun : \ˈwäts\ – \ˈtrip\
1. An adventure, hike, or trip which is altered by bad luck or misfortune.
2. An opportunity to overcome adversity, through tenacity and endurance.
3. The superstitious idea that hardship can and will occur at any moment.
Whether you identify with the ‘ultralight’ crowd, leisurely packers, or somewhere in between, let me explain that making plans for a trip has much to do with your goals in backpacking. In order to have a successful trip that leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, a goal (or goals) must be made for the trip to have purpose. Continue reading