Setting Goals: What Kind of Backpacker Are You?

 Alder Springs

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

High Altitude Hiking and Your Safety

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Acute Mountain Sickness in full effect on top of the South Sister, OR ’11

When on your journey or outing, there is a good chance that you will be encountering some fairly steep terrain that could put you up at some pretty high elevations. These kinds of wilderness areas are often the most scenic and least crowded, and can offer the ultimate backpacking and camping experience. However, as the title implies, gaining a significant amount of elevation in a very short period of time can cause what is known as High Altitude Sickness (HAS). Continue reading