Backpacking 101 overview 05192013

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Backpacking 101 overview 05192013

  1. 1. -1-DownThe EquipmentShelterPackSleepingCooking WaterSyntheticSleepingpadExternalFrameInternalFrame Rain Layers Gortex1-person2-personold-school high-techClothinghammock
  2. 2. -2- Trail etiquette Hike together, no straggler, no gazelles Leaving your pack on the trail for bio-break Whistle codes Other hikers on the trail GPS, cell phones, MP3s, 2way radios, cameras On the trail Streams unbuckle pack, shoes on Downed trees over/ under Switchbacks, no shortcuts Everyone waits at trailintersections to regroup Following blazes on trails Single blaze vs. double blaze What is a cairn?The Hike
  3. 3. -3- Choosing a campsite Tent location (look up ,look down, check wind direction ) Food safety Water collection Dry base layer when you get into camp Cooking and eating together Campfire and candles Campsite decision making Tall Tales Poop shovel Turning in Hygiene Rise and shine on time LEAVE NO TRACE!The Campsite
  4. 4. -4-The FoodWhat to take Plan for 4 meals on typical weekend trip Need about 2 pounds of dry food per person per day Key to enjoying backpacking food is variety, not expense Stick to real food, shed excessive packagingWater 2 liters or more a day consumption on average Sports drinks, tang, dried milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate No waste! “No draining” recipes betterLessons learned The trail is no place for a diet, or no place to go to loseweight intentionally You will sleep better in cold weather after a full meal Stay hydrated Cleanup and hygiene are important and require planningBreakfast Lunch Dinner• Oatmeal• Granola Bars, many variants onthese - avoid "soft and chewy"type• Nutra Grain Bars (or equivalent)• Raisins or other dried ordehydrated fruits and nuts• Cereals - may requiredehydrated milk• Coffee ( stick with instant )• Crackers• Peanut Butter• Jelly• Non-refrigeration cheese• Beef Jerky (or equivalent)• Gorp (or equivalent )• Tuna kits, Bagels• Nuts (Cashews, peanuts, etc. -bulk - not individual packets)• Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin, Fig Bars,or other dry fruit type cookies•Freeze dried – no cleanup needed•Backpacking recipes•Ramen Noodles, Cup-o-Noodles•Lipton Rice Dinners•Pasta - smaller the better•Couscous•Tuna and Salmon in pouches•Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin•Instant pudding•Spice kits•Hot Sauces, Soy sauces, etc

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