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    Great scenery on Skyline backpacking trail in Jasper National Park

    How to Plan your First Backpack

    By Emma SchroederBackcountry

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    In need of some help planning your first backpacking trip? If you’re a beginner backpacker and want to find out how to have a successful first backpacking adventure, then this is the series for you! Over the next few blog posts, we will share some helpful tips on how to plan your first backpacking adventure.

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    People may ask you, ‘Why do you want to go backpacking?’

    Well, if you enjoy camping, hiking and the outdoors, then it makes complete sense to combine all three into an overnight hike, or backpacking trip. But venturing out into the backcountry for the first time can be a daunting experience. In this series of articles, written specifically for beginner backpackers, we share our tips and tricks to give you the best possible start in your backpacking explorations.

    I once met a couple in a backcountry campsite who were getting frustrated while sorting through their gear in search of a misplaced item. I sympathised with them, as I recognized that sinking feeling when you realize you’ve forgotten an important item, miles from the trailhead. Affecting my most sympathetic of tones, I mentioned that “the key to a good backpacking trip is organization,” to which the women replied, “exactly, and my method of organization is the correct one.” Whether that is true or not, a little time spent before your trip planning and preparing will ensure a comfortable, safe and fun experience in some of the most incredible terrain in the world.

    These articles will cover the following major parts of planning your first backpack:

    We also have other articles to help you with the basics of travelling in wilderness, such as "How to poop in the Backcountry", "Being safe around Bears" and "Trail Etiquette".

    These articles will give you a sense of how to ease into backpacking and learn to love weekends in the backcountry. Armed with these tips, you can work your way up and tackle world-class backpacks and treks around the world. To help you get an idea of great treks and backpack trips you can plan, here are some articles we’ve written:

    Some great specific treks and backpacking trips to consider are:

    John Muir Trail

    John Muir trail is one of the best beginner backpacker trips

    Haute Route

    Hiking to the Lac Blanc trail, Chamonix

    Tour de Mont Blanc

    Tour de Mont Blanc is a great trail for beginner backpackers

    Jasper Skyline Trail

    Curator Lake at Jasper Skyline is a great hike for beginner backpackers

    Pacific Crest Trail

    Pacific Crest Trail is a great hike for beginner backpackers

    El Camino de Santiago

    Camino de Santiago is a great hike for beginner backpackers

    Annapurna Basecamp

    Annapurna Base Camp in Himalayas is a great hike for beginner backpackers




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