Welcome to The Beginning Backpacker! Like you, I was recently turned on to the hobby of backpacking and needed to research how to get started. I found tons of blogs, but none were really what I was looking for. I found blogs for “serious” backpackers. I found blogs for thru-hikers of long-distance trails like the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. I found a lot of sites and blogs geared only towards females. And of course there were a million sites about which gear to buy, what boots to wear and how to lighten my load. But most of these sites simply confused me more or led me in the wrong direction (repeatedly). After months and months of researching, aggregating information and buying/returning shoes and other pieces of equipment (nine pairs of footwear in total!), I finally made it out on the trail. Whew!
Fast forward to today and although I am by no means a professional backpacker, I have logged hundreds of miles backpacking and so many miles hiking that I can’t even keep track! Of course there will be a learning curve for you, as is the case with any new endeavor. But with this blog I will whittle down all of the information you really need into an easy to digest, one-stop-shop so you can get on your way to your first (and perhaps most memorable) backpacking trip! So follow along, share this post with others and get ready to embark on a journey that will lead you to a world of beauty, self-discovery, health and well-being. Lastly, don’t hesitate to comment about what you like and don’t like about this blog. Want something covered that hasn’t been covered yet? Ask away! I’ll improve the blog based on your needs and wants. Happy trails!
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir