Ep. 3 - How to Find and Fit the Right Backpack

Ep. 3 - How to Find and Fit the Right Backpack

If you’re uncomfortable while you hike, you probably won’t enjoy backpacking very much and you certainly won’t be excited for your next trip. So take the time to choose a backpack that will fit you well. You’ll probably have your backpack for years and it will be one of the most important pieces of equipment you own.

In this episode we go over the most important aspects of finding and fitting the right backpack. 

 

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Ep. 5 - How To Find Great Campsites

Ep. 5 - How To Find Great Campsites

Choosing great campsites will leads to incredibly memorable trips, but it’s not as simple as just throwing a tent down on a flat piece of dirt.

If you choose your campsite poorly and you could damage wilderness areas, expose yourself to wind & cold temperatures, or even wake up with two inches of standing water in the bottom of your shelter.

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Ep. 6 - Navigation #1 - Staying Found

Ep. 6 - Navigation #1 - Staying Found

Most backpackers plan their trips on well-established trails. Navigating this type of backcountry trip often as straightforward as following one trail to the next. Still, complications can arise even on the simplest backcountry trips, so it always makes sense to be prepared.

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Ep. 7 - Navigation #2 - Map, Compass & GPS

Ep. 7 - Navigation #2 - Map, Compass & GPS

No matter how simple your route may be, understanding how to use basic navigation equipment is a crucial skill for any backpacking adventure. A map and compass can keep you from getting lost or help you find your way again, and they’ll allow you to explore rarely traveled backcountry areas safely.

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Ep. 8 - Protect Your Food - Keep Wildlife Wild

Ep. 8 - Protect Your Food - Keep Wildlife Wild

Storing your food properly at night is not just a skill that’s good for you, it’s also good for the wildlife around you. If you keep your food safe, you won’t go hungry, and you’ll also prevent scavenging animals from getting an easy meal. When large animals become pests, they are often relocated or killed, and nobody wants that.  

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Ep. 9 - Learn to Love Backpacking in the Rain

Ep. 9 - Learn to Love Backpacking in the Rain

Backpacking in the rain isn’t everyone’s idea of a fantastic time in the woods. It’s going to be wet, cold, and visibility will be greatly reducedIf you’re not properly prepared, backpacking in the rain can be all-out miserable. But if you’re ready for it, backpacking in the rain can actually be a lot of fun.

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Ep. 15 - How to Safely Ford Backcountry Rivers

Ep. 15 - How to Safely Ford Backcountry Rivers

If you spend enough time in the backcountry, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with fording a river to continue along a trek. Knowing how to cross safely will be incredibly important, especially considering that you may be days away from any help.

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Ep. 19 - Insect Protection & Poisonous Plants

Ep. 19 - Insect Protection & Poisonous Plants

Insects like ticks and mosquitoes can be carriers of viruses and diseases, so it’s best to avoid them and protect your skin whenever possible. Poisonous plants are another annoyance that can cause a lot of pain and should be avoided at all costs.

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