Ideally while packing, you remember to use what’s between your ears, too. Limiting the excessive clutter in our daily lives can be a challenging task, but once your feet hit the trail, life becomes more clear. There are a few tactics and gear preferences that make this experience much more enjoyable.
At the end of this blog, take a peek at what’s in my kit for multi-day backpacking adventures.
Backpacking is hiking with all the gear you need on your back to camp for multiple nights. Often the camp locations are miles apart, creating a journey covering lots of terrain. Not much beats diving into a pristine alpine lake surrounded by granite spires after trekking across mountain passes all day.
As a child, my family took us camping and on multi-day horse pack trips in the Wind River Range, but I did not backpack until I was in college. At Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, I decided to earn a minor in Outdoor Education & Leadership. During the various courses from outdoor leadership, trip planning, experiential education, and wilderness education, the class applied the skills we learned each semester on a backpacking trip in the southern Utah desert. I remember those aches in my back, bruises on my hips, rub marks on my shoulders. While simultaneously glowing in awe of the sandstone landscape, gut wrenching laughs at the silly games we played, cooking unnecessary gourmet meals from scratch by headlamp in dirt. The list goes on. Every backpacking trip, I returned to the dirty face, salty hair, wild eye exterior with the veracious internal existence. It’s just you, mother nature, and how you choose to authentically show up out there.