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Pharr Davis recommends a “shake-down hike.” The idea is that once you have all the gear you think you need, you go for a shorter multi-day trip, and “you’ll realize what you really need,” she says. Doyle requires the hikers who come on his expedition trips to do shorter trips beforehand to be sure this is what they want to do and they’re prepared. When done correctly, multi day hikes can be amazing experiences.

You’ll see nature up close and personal, create memories, and possibly meet some interesting people on your treks. By following the 9 tips below, you can help ensure that your hiking trip is a success. 1. Research The Area You’ll be Hiking.

Be sure you have accurate and up to date information on the areas where you. What do I Need to Know Before Attempting a Multi-day Hike? Study Up. We recommend starting out with a good read.

You can buy The Basic Essentials of Backpacking on Amazon for a Gear Up. Even if you’re just camping out one night, you’ll need some serious gear. You can find gear lists all over.

Do you ever wonder what to pack for a multi-day hiking trip? Trust me, you aren’t alone. It’s one of the biggest struggles you can face when you’re just getting into backpacking. Thoughts like ‘What if I forget something important?’ or ‘I don’t want to pack too much!’ are probably racing through your mind.

Take a deep breath, sit back and read our comprehensive packing guide to get you. These items should be on your hiking checklist: Hiking backpack Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers) Hiking boots or shoes Plenty of food Plenty of water Navigation tools such as a map and compass First-aid kit Knife or multi-tool The rest of the Ten Essentials as. While the hike is fairly easy, you’ll encounter many different habitats, wildlife, and historical sites along the way.

You can do hour, day—or for serious hikers—multi-day hikes that take you from one end to the other. The whole trail takes about 8 days to complete. Never hike alone.

You need to have a partner in case you have an accident. 2. Know how to get to your destination, which may mean buying a map and carrying a compass. Avoid canned food (too heavy) and try to accurately project how much you’ll eat because an excessive amount food adds weight and bulk to your pack. You need some extra food, though—enough for an added day in the wilds.

Here are some specific meal-planning tips for your first backpacking tri. You don’t need any special skills to hike; you just have to be able to walk and know where you are. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in nature, get a good workout in, and recharge your batteries. This guide will give you some essential hiking for beginners tips to make your hike safe and fun.

0. Leave No Trace. Multi-day Hikes There are other multi-day hikes that are not part of the New Zealand Great Walks but offer cheaper accommodation. They take you through some amazing landscapes as well.

These hikes usually have clear paths and semi-maintained huts.

List of related literature:

The best advice I can give anyone who is into doing extended hikes is to learn how to read and follow United States Geological Survey topographic maps.

“ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy” by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
from ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy
by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
Atria Books, 2009

You need to be totally self-sufficient and experienced for these hikes, and a guide is strongly recommended.

“Lonely Planet Iran” by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Mark Elliott, Anthony Ham, Jenny Walker, Steve Waters
from Lonely Planet Iran
by Lonely Planet, Simon Richmond, et. al.
Lonely Planet Global Limited, 2017

You’ll see basic things like distance, elevation gain and high point, and difficulty, along with the time an average hiker should budget for the journey.

“Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide” by Casey Schreiner
from Discovering Griffith Park: A Local’s Guide
by Casey Schreiner
Mountaineers Books, 2020

Bring along at least a gallon per person for all but the shortest hikes, more if the weather is hot.

“Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West” by Fodor's Travel Guides
from Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West
by Fodor’s Travel Guides
Fodor’s Travel, 2016

Start by selecting shorter hikes with less elevation gain and work your way up to the more difficult hikes.

“Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide” by Lisa Foster
from Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide
by Lisa Foster
Westcliffe Publishers, 2005

Once you have decided when and where you want to hike, you should make a detailed itinerary.

“Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail” by Dustin Lynx
from Hiking Canada’s Great Divide Trail
by Dustin Lynx
Rocky Mountain Books, 2007

,8 Plan easy hikes, especially for those group members who may have their doubts about whether hiking is really going to be fun.

“Camping For Dummies” by Michael Hodgson
from Camping For Dummies
by Michael Hodgson
Wiley, 2011

Descriptions of the Narrows hikes found on the park’s website (www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/thenarrows.htm) make it clear that this is not a hike for the timid.

“Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle” by Randi Minetor
from Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah’s Grand Circle
by Randi Minetor
Lyons Press, 2017

For those who have done most of their Road Access hiking in the national parks, hiking in One of the biggest shocks to those the Invermere area may hold a few surwho are used to starting their hikes prises.

“Hikes Around Invermere & the Columbia River Valley” by Aaron Cameron, Matt Gunn
from Hikes Around Invermere & the Columbia River Valley
by Aaron Cameron, Matt Gunn
RMB Rocky Mountain Books, 2009

All of us have stories about hikes—and we all love to tell them.

“Forest and Crag: A History of Hiking, Trail Blazing, and Adventure in the Northeast Mountains, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition” by Laura Waterman, Guy Waterman
from Forest and Crag: A History of Hiking, Trail Blazing, and Adventure in the Northeast Mountains, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
by Laura Waterman, Guy Waterman
SUNY Press, 2019

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  • I want to hike a trail one day, but with diabetes, I don’t know if it will happen… maybe I should start walking. Ug. I hate walking for no reason.

  • I have to comment about the boots. Trail runners are fantastic choice if you are going on a trail that has been walked thousands or even millions of times like AT. But if you are really in a wilderness then hiking boots are much more better option. Of course you should not take new hiking boots for a long trip. You need to break in your boots before that.

  • really helpful. I think i know what gear to bring on a white mtn trip now at this point but im really still struggling with clothing having never been. Do i want shorts and short sleeve shirts or just pants and long sleeves to combat bugs and sun? How warm of clothes do i need if im going say may-august? Do i need long warm pants, do i need a fleece jacket? Yes i will be bringing a warm rain jacket and compression underwear and hiking socks. Any help would be greatly appreciated since your experience is much greater than mine. You seem to look like you hike in shorts and short sleeves alot but your gf does not….are u just a hotter person and prefer less clothing or is it really just not that cold? What about night time clothing?

  • Water bladders ARE stupid. They have to be cleaned or they get algae. It’s really hard to get the last few ounces out. Really frustrating when you’re thirsty.

  • I wore steel toe boots for years. I like wearing safety toed moccasins now. If you can wear shoes instead of boots, do. More comfortable.

  • What a great sharing of the joys and aches in a complete one piece serving. One of the best presented and well explained story of the trials and tribulations that create the awesomeness of this challenging adventure. Excellent YouTube ride. Well done Dixie Bravo!

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  • For everyone watching, bring an Ifak also. It’d do everyone well to get into bushcrafting, learning the woods and foliage in your area. My hiking bag is actually a bugout bag along with a bushcrafting kit meant to sustain two people for as long as I need it to, I’d say up to a few months in the wild. My lady has her own, so we technically have 3. Another good tip is redundancy, 1 is none, 2 is 1, 3 is 2, etc.
    I’d be happy to share everything I keep in my pack and the pack itself. Currently my pack weight is 38 lbs with waist and hip straps to alleviate exhaustion on the shoulders and upper body. The biggest and most important tip I think is, take your pack out, find some local trails. Walk a few miles with your pack and adjust to the weight. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be amazed at how much less of a burden it is. Make sure you can keep a light jog and/or a sprint with your pack, practicing this is worth it’s weight in gold. Happy trekking, and please stay safe in these uncertain times!

  • Those really good tips….I also created hiking video Alone please check it and let me know.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2lDQMKbVsE

  • Fun. Entertaining without trying too hard, while being very informative. A welcome surprise here on YouTube. Subbed and thumbed. Please considering subbing back thank you and keep up the great content! https://www.youtube.com/DoxieTV https://www.youtube.com/jeffwelchermedia

  • One thing I have learned from camping and a good tip to you who is reading this comment scrape some magnesium from the fire starter onto the things your gonna burn I think it burns easier.

  • Aspertame is bad. Wouldn’t have noticed, but you mentioned it. You body tastes sweet and so it ramps up your metabolism. Then no sugar comes and so that response lessens over time. Pretty soon, you taste sweet and your body does nothing. This leads to weight gain. I don’t think it’s good to trick your body.

    Second, and anecdotally, my dad drank multiple diet sodas every day for years (decades?) and he got Multiple Sclerosis. He can’t walk, permanently catheterized, and has no control of his bowels. Studies have linked aspartame to Multiple Sclerosis. This is a man that carried 80 pound packs and taught me how to backpack before I could read.

    I’m not offended and I don’t think your comments were inappropriate or anything like that, but now you have a little more information and you can do whatever you want with it.

    Now I’m gonna go watch the rest of the video.

  • The water you use to cook is not wasted water weight. Nearly all of it goes into your body and your body uses it just as if you were drinking it. When you eat dry food, you’ll still need to drink that 2 cups of water at some point.

  • My first backpacking trip was through Yosemite when I was about 13 years old and I remember not being hungry at all. I wasn’t well adjusted to the altitude so I mostly just felt fatigued and thirsty but my family made me eat luckily because I wouldn’t have on my own

  • WHAT AN AMAZINGLY INFORMATIVE VIDEO!!!.. thank you so much for doing this. I’ve never been “proper” hiking except for with the army cadets (You guys call it JROTC I believe) in my younger years and regular camping just isn’t doing it for me anymore, so I’m interested in this kind of adventure. I feel much better now with all the useful info you’ve provided. Here in Australia we don’t have to worry about the bears at least… What kind of distance would be a good start you think, just to learn and work out the kit n stuff. I’m thinking around 20kms over 2 days?

  • Her secton was hilarious!! I totally agree with the socks too!! I cant bring too many pairs of socks! Nice rundown man! Stay safe! Hike on!

  • Total backpack weight, meaning all gear plus food and water.
    General guide 20% Rule
    If you weigh 150 pounds, your pack should not exceed 30 pounds for backpacking
    personal opinion to prevent injury, sprains and other discomforts like posture.

  • TL;DW:

    1) 0:43 Don’t pack too heavy.
    2) 3:40 Get proper footwear, with a thumb’s width of wiggle room in front of your toes.
    3) 6:20 Don’t over-estimate how far you can walk per day.
    4) 7:50 Don’t eat too much food. Hiker hunger sets in much later than the first few weeks. Aim for 2lbs of food/day.
    5) 9:40 Don’t overplan. Allow yourself the freedom of enjoying yourself along the way.

  • Great video. One thing though…the mylar blanket does not produce heat therefore it is not “a great source of heat”. I always carry one myself and it’s a great recommendation. Keep up with the great videos and love the enthusiasm.

  • I use a 1L evernew bladder, similar to a platypus screwtop, as my extra water storage, in my side pocket. My main water is the Be Free soft flask on my shoulder strap. I tried bladders with bite valves, but I don’t really like bite valves and after a few times running out of water after passing a water source when I thought I had plenty, I decided I need to be able to easily see how much water I have.

  • There is nothing wrong in having more water in a meal. A lot of people are dehydrated, even in normal day life. And when people go outdoors they are even more dehydrated. I always tell people to drink more or add more water to their meals.

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  • I like to stop by the dollar store before I head out and grab some peanut butter, oatmeal and precooked rice meal, much cheaper than any of those overpriced “Camping foods”.

  • Great info that you are sharing.
    Check out what gear I use and get rid of as I am currently hiking the PCT Pacific Crest Trail

  • I definitely overpacked when I first started. The military had a 2 is 1 and 1 is none rule. I was prepared for everything during my first few backpacking trips. Not now, just the essentials and it’s better.

  • all good ideas, but your forgetting about a simple roll of compression bandages for sprains and twists, unfortunately most people forget about such common injuries while preparing a first aid kit. you might also want to add a light tarp for emergencies like having to stay out over night or if a sudden rain starts that way you can stay dry for extended periods of time

  • a COMPASS!! how can you go out without a compass?
    from British Columbia Canada and we have a name for people who go out hiking without a compass. LOST! but that’s Ok search and rescue usually find them. not always alive. and eventually someone might find the skeleton but kind of rare for that to happen. you will walk in a gradual turn to the left or right.
    a hatchet a knife a folding shovel rope small 10×10 tarp a candle.
    up here we also carry a rifle and a fishing rod. anti gun nuts usually carry bear spray or bear banger’s. techno guys carry personal locator beacons that hook up to the satellite system pretty good idea to have.

  • Replace the first aid manual with an app on your phone. Save a couple of ounces.
    And an extra pair of socks is a must there is nothing like the feeling of a clean pair halfway through the day.

  • I practice bushcrafting and I’ve been prepping for a while. I know my common trees in my area, that area being a span of 500 miles. My pack weighs 38 lbs and has enough to sustain two people for however long it needs to, my only issue could be running out of first aid supplies or ammunition, but my lady friend also has redundancy regarding first aid in her pack and we aren’t confrontational people except with each other ��������. I try to keep with the land and use that before touching my pack when it comes to things like food and medicine. As long as you wear your pack regularly and practice moving with it, I don’t see the issue. Having the capability to keep a light jog with your pack is extremely important, also maintaining a 20-30 second sprint is incredibly important. Be warned however: If your pack does not have a chest buckle and/or waist buckle, I do not recommend going over 25lbs, it’ll tear your shoulders up. Be safe out there especially in these uncertain times!

  • I tell ya if you’re looking for something way tastier than Mountain House, check out Pack-It Gourmet! They’re a family business out of Austin, fantastic stuff, highly recommend the tortilla soup and the chili!

  • I like Smart water bottles. Get better caps (the push pull type) for secure, ease of use. I’m a thirsty dude and I can’t reach the bottles in my HMG pack on the go so I use bottle pockets on the front of the shoulder straps. Several companies make the pockets. It’s the way to go IMHO.

  • The most important things you MUST have in your possession,
    1. A gun
    2. A GPS
    3. A transponder
    4. A mobile (if possible, a satelite connection)
    5. A good and strong knife for all purposes
    6. A companiom, even if it is only a dog.
    DONT GO into the woods alone. Even if you are a strong, fit and agile young man. Never.
    Thousands of people have vanished in the woods around the planet. Don’t make the life of any criminal that easy.
    Be always prepared. ��
    God bless you.

  • For my six years living here in The Rockies, I must admit that the act of looking at other people’s bags and thinking, “That’s not good,” is pretty much a daily thing.:-/

  • A couple things about foot wear,,, 1 high heel won’t work, don’t even talk to anyone wearing high heels on a hike trail,
    2 if you sprain your ankle, you are very likely going to swell up after you take off your shoe,,, seriously consider do you want the possibility that you may not get your shoe back on again,,, it may be wise to leave it on to help contain the swelling,,, please consult a doctor over my suggestion,,, 3 ifn it gets cold at night, you normally take your shoes off & place them by your side,,, consider placing them inside your sleeping gear with you that they will stay closer to body temperature when you wake up,,, yeh, it really is a biggy,

    A little also note ;
    If you are not used to walking more than a mile or two on any given day, what makes you think you can walk multiple times more than that just because you’re on a hiking trail? Hiking takes practice, it’s similar to a new job, you have to learn how to do different things gradually, then do more in increments,

    And always be safe than sorry, & look around wherever you are not at a schedule to keep,,, you can always come back later to where you left the trail only if you are still alive,

  • Great advice. I’ve backpacked more years than I care to count, I can identify with all you said. I do wear heavy Asolo boots but this is for two reasons. The biggest is to make my bad knees happy. The other reason is I have found for me that when I’m tired my gait changes and I develop blisters particularly in my toes. Wearing these boots I just rarely have that problem. Plenty of people are just happy in trail hikers though.

  • Trex legs….that’s a new one for me. Hiked 25+ mile days in the Corps…worst I ever saw was heat stroke or blisters.

    Number 1 rule of hiking: Protect your feet. Good boots, good socks, foot powder, moleskin.

  • Yep, Green Belly are very good. However, you have to wash it down with something so technically might not be saving that much water. Peak Refuel meals also very good and use surprisingly little water to hydrate. I used both on my last mountain trek exposition. To save more weight and a surprising amount of space repack the Peak meals in freezer quart bags and use HMG’s repack cozie to hydrate and cook the meals in. You use their backpackcheck out the repack gizmo and review thatworks great. Also I have tried some Next Mile meals and found them on par with Peak Refuel.

  • A really good list of things to consider. You show the alternatives, tell us what you chose, and we get to figure out which alternative will work for us. I realise hos spoiled I am hiking in Sweden. Good quality water everywhere means One bottle to carry water from the source to where I cook is all I need. My kids are old enough to carry their food and water. I will carry the family size stove though.

  • go with the flow. c; somethings lost and somethings gained, in living every day,! both sides now, joni mitchell,


  • Millennium Bars are another good source of lightweight calories. I think they’re 400+ calories, mostly fat, and only weigh like 3oz. Plus they last for years, they’re heat stable, and work great in emergency packs. Not bad tasting either

  • I`ve never done backpacking completely in the wild, but made my share of mistakes while hitchking and wild camping through Europe. I remember taking my favourite denim jacket and sketchbook and wanting to post it back home only two days later. Ended up having to leave some things behind as wasn`t able to carry it. Also taking wayyy too much food and water is every beginner`s mistake XD
    Great videos and spot on tips!

  • Nice video. The main things you want to spend money are: your shoes, your pack and your sleeping system. As long as you are warm and don’t get hurt by your shoes or a bad pack you can keep going. I like to take a compressible or inflatable pillow as a luxury item (I sleep much better with it)

  • I plan to dehydrate my apples and bananas for snacks. Cook my meals the dehydrate it to preserve. Then when ready to eat it i’ll just pour hot water in it.

  • Your right and even for those who are survivalists/preppers one doesnt really need 100 pounds of gear to haul on their backs as primitive people around the world have proven that one can get by with very little gear and still survive.

  • I just bought my first backpack (65 litres) and I am planning on going backpacking soon. This video was really helpful. Thanks guys! Also, my sleeping bag is so huge, I need to get a more compact one. Do you guys have any ideas?

  • On clothing………..

    Cotton Yeah, I sweat like a horse. I can’t wear cotton on or off the trail unless I’m in a climate controlled environment or cold weather. Cotton gets wet and heavy and stays that way.


    Polyester Cheap and readily available. Excellent UV protection. Absorbs less moisture than nylon, wicks moisture, and dries reasonably fast. But…..microbes, bacteria in your sweat, love polyester for some reason. As a result, polyester can start to stink and it’s really hard to get the stank out. The only thing that works is a washer with a sanitize cycle. Good choice for hats, shirts, and underwear including long underwear for sub freezing temps.

    Nylon A little more expensive than polyester. Absorbs more water than polyester but nylon is tougher with better abrasion resistance so it can be made lighter and that cuts down on the water it can absorb. Also dries pretty well and DWR coatings help. Microbes don’t love nylon quite so much so nylon is not the stank fest that plagues polyester. Nylon does not offer as much UV protection as polyester and degrades faster with UV exposure. Good choice for shorts, pants, and belts.

    Wool A nice natural fabric with inherent anti microbial properties. Very little stank here. Breathes well. Not the best drying but it stays warm when wet, breathes well, and moves with you. It also wicks moisture very well. Wears pretty well. But…..very expensive compared to synthetics and harder to find. Good choice for shirts, shorts, pants, socks, underwear, and light sweaters for layering.

    Cashmere & Alpaca No, not kidding. These luxury fabrics are even warmer and thinner than sheep’s wool. They make excellent layering choices for a sweater. They can be expensive but they can be found at reasonable prices if you search hard enough. Good for sweaters and socks.

  • I was travelling through Baltic sea coast by the beach, on the Polish territory (from border to border)… and my backpack was about 20kg without food (but with 2l water).

    First three days was a massacre, but after two weeks i must say that that was not that bad, but my body weight drops like crazy xD (12kg in two weeks).

    Walking barefoot through sand for a two weeks was some kind of an adventure, but surely in the mountain area i will take much less stuff, i realize that only what matters for me is good quality survival tools (like firestarter, big massive knife for machete work, hammock, tarp, medkit) and clothes only what is needed! No backup three t-shirts xD

    Cheers! Have a nice trip ;p

  • I hooked you up, brother! I subscribed. Newbie backpacker here and Love your channel! Thank you for the information!
    (Ps: you know that diet drink will kill ya? ����)

  • Love thisit’s very respectful to new backpackers and has great info. I made 3 of the 5 mistakes myself and learned the hard way:)

  • Most videos like this are garbage and don’t use examples that the presenter themselves have experienced, BUT this video was excellent and very helpful. Great cut always that really left an impression haha. Thank you!

  • Thank you for the video, I’m planning my first wild camp tomorrow in the Lakes so I’m checking a few videos to see what everyone’s taking.

  • fun fact…it’s easier for your body to actually process cold food than warm food…especially when it comes to complex carbs such as oats:)

  • Great advice, I think I made every mistake you mention when I first started out. Best advice you gave: If you don’t see an item on an experienced person’s list, consider not bringing it. I would add that you should only bring one luxury item

  • Great video! So much info, I only got to watch half, but I’ll come back to finish this eve. It was very informative, and not preachy at all. Would love to have you on my team during the apocalypse:)

  • I would have been interested to see a list of links of some items you have shown like that flashlight that also works as a mini lantern, your tents, sleeping bags etc etc.

  • I’m a newbie subscriber to your channel. I plan to watch everyone of your videos. We are putting together emergency survival to-go bags and I picked up some good advice on this video in the water purification options because that’s exactly what we’re shopping for now. Thank you!

  • “I am not at all a long distance hiker”
    And that is why I like this channel! I just want to backpack to a nice site and camp & chill.

  • Whoa! The first person I’ve heard is allergic to feathers too. I thought I was the only one, my genetics are from Scott land England border like this guy.

    Apex Clima shield is a savior but soooo bulky

  • Greetings and salutations from the desert southwest. Quite a video you’ve put together here… I AM enjoying it.I’ve been a hammock camper for many years now and my biggest complaint is there aren’t enough trees in the desert… so, I hit the mountains. They’re much prettier anyway. Read Derek Hansen’s book(s) and get yourself a Hennessy. Use the size comparison chart they offer to zero in the hammock designed to fit your size and weight. And once you have the proper set-up, you’ll love it. I promise. Especially in winter!

  • A spare (backup) pair of shoes. I was on the Everest Base Camp trek when my expensive hiking boots lost a sole in Namche Bazaar. I am really glad it happened in the town rather than 5kms short of this, because I had no back up (I had adhesive, but this took 24hrs to fully set). Now I always pack a pair of lightweight trainers.

  • Getting a single skin 5 pounds 7 dollar tent off eBay and camping in rain. It collapsed on my face and filled with water. Need 2 layer skin tent. Eurohike Tamar’s are good.

  • My beginner backpacking mistake was not paying attention to elevation gain. I thought 5 miles would be no problem but add 2,500 feet up to that, plus a very heavy pack and we were done after 1 day. We also didn’t train properly before. I can do that kind of elevation now, but as a newbie, it was way too much. The Olympic Peninsula in WA is sublime, but you pay for it with elevation. Thanks for the great video!

  • Thanks for taking your vast knowledge and putting it into one video, what an undertaking! It’s long, but I couldn’t see how it could’ve been condensed. You left no stone unturned… thanks again!

  • I can count on one hand how many times I have “not” slept by a water source. It is extremely rare. The vast majority of hikers I know (actually all of them) always make a point to sleep near a water source; so I don’t know anyone who hikes with breakfast or dinner water. However, if I was crazy enough to do that, I agree, I would not pack a meal that needs water.

    I have several bladders and only use them for day hikes as I agree, complete waste of weight.

    Thanks for the vids!!!!

  • I’m American only watched this for a future backpacking trip here in California to Yosemite or sequoia mountains or any trip in USA only?

  • Please research where your down is collected and that it is humanely sourced. Not too put you off your puffer jacket, but think “live plucking”

  • A quality fixed blade i.e. a Mora companion. Folding pocket knives are fine for small tasks but they will never be as reliable as a fixed blade. It also doesn’t add too much extra weight. Also maybe a small pocket sharpening stone like a fallkniven DC3 or DC4. Both of these items are relatively inexpensive as well and are available on Amazon.

  • Hey Dan, sitting here in quarantine thinking a little outside the box for day hikes or maybe 1-3 night trips, have you ever discussed carrying a pack fishing rod? Jus5 thinking some of the high lakes I have been to it might have been cool to try catching a meal.. Wallowa Mountains in Oregon have
    hundreds of lakes on the trails.

  • Great content as always. I have written extensively on these topics as related to camping.You might want to read

    Getting to Your Camping Location


    Essential Things to do While Camping With Children


    6 Things to do While Camping


    Camping Tent Guide


    Fall Camping Tips


    Winter Camping Tips


    Summer Camping Essentials


    Camping 101 For Beginners


    Once again,very informative video.

  • Very sound advice actually.
    I already knew cotton kills lol, I started watching homemade wanderlust some time ago and I listened to Dixie, and frozen from outdoor adventures, before my first backpack trip in Wayne national Forest, I got all synthetics for clothing.
    I made some mistakes on my first trip, never buy Ozark trails packs from Walmart ������ just don’t do it, or sleeping bags, again just don’t do it lol.
    I’m an REI fan now to be honest, and I honestly feel I’m wanting to be both a long distance hiker and a backpacker, I desire to both, cause I can and it’s gonna be fun either way lol.
    Anyways, I’m just Soo very happy to see that not only is there Dixie, and frozen, and Kyle hates hiking lol, but seriously there’s also you and Soo many others, y’all mean a lot to people like me that are just beginning and really don’t wanna do things to awfully wrong that might hurt us or ruin our beginning experiences, it just sooo wonderful what y’all are doing and I just want to say thank you, to you as well as everyone who is doing this, y’all are awesome����������
    Btw, I don’t know where the heck you’re from but I think it would be great to do like a weekend trip out there with you sometime, let me know if you’re ever in my neck of the woods here in Ohio, maybe we can do a little adventure together��

  • Great video. My brother and I were throwing food into the woods on the AT approach trail. packed way to much. Your spot on about not needing big hiking boots I have since switched to Solomons

  • This is a must see for anyone who is interested in a thru-hike. The experience oozes from this vlog. Thank you, Dixie. However, I’m an old timer who remembers when an AT thru costed $1 a mile. People along the trail wanted to help the hikers succeed back then and saved them expenses. Now, they are setting up hostels to squeeze the hikers for all they can get up to and including getting blackballed by the hikers. Also, I will never understand how you can find any value in anything from Zpacks. Those items are ridiculously overpriced compared to other iconic products offered for half the price or less.

  • awesome i loveee to hike with my son and fiance but never seem to have the right gear lol, nice channel i sub def, please check mines out im new too:) will be watching more of your videos

  • I Love the Way U Hit on all things Us Peeps need to Know. Every little thing is answered you got this Girl!! I Love it get a sponsor and keep hiking. Nothing wrong with that. I would be your life style. Which you have and all your helpful hard work in these you tube videos. You are amazing Girl You have learned so much since the first hike. Man have you Grown.

  • Thanks for making this video. I’m getting reading to do a cross country adventure motorcycling/back packing trip and wanted to make sure I had everything I needed. Your video was super helpful and informative!!

  • I am a little late to the party, but this is a great video. I am doing some research for my Pacific Crest Trail Hike and this video was useful! Thank You

  • I use bladders all the time on pretty hefty day hikes in the mountains… would never use ithem backpacking though. Agreed Bottles all the way!

  • As Flannery O’Connor Put It….
    WoW Wheee…
    Thank You So Very Very Much.
    That is a lot of work in giving us a starting point for our own R&D.
    Brands, testing, pro’s & cons, textiles & materials, product characteristics, costs, aesthetics, practicality and common sense,
    triage, environmental conditions, wild life, safety, recording & editing, techy stuff & electronics.
    You didn’t miss a thang.
    Thank Yous so so much….

  • Thanks Dixie! You have made my transition to a seasoned hiker very smooth. But!!!!!You threw me for a loop when you said a mistake is carrying everything but the kitchen sink. So I took that advice to heart and got rid of everything and then picked up up a brand new kitchen sink from Home Depot. Pro-Tip: Get the stainless steel, because the porcelain ones weigh more. However, I soon learned carrying the Kitchen Sink and nothing else was a big mistake. I tried setting up the sink in the tent, but I had no plumbing. So I toted it down to the creek to use there, but without the stopper, all the water would just run out. And I couldnt get the garbage disposal to work because I couldnt find an outlet close by and I believe carrying a 20 mile extension cord would be a slighly difficult task. All in all, the kitchen sink idea was not for me. What do you all think about Dixie’s kitchen sink idea? Let me know in the comments and hit that like button.

  • Wow just the sheer amount of time researching, filming and editing the content of this video is a huge undertaking, so thank you very much for putting in all that work for us!

  • You lost me at the life straw lol, here is why. You have no way of cleaning the membrane of the filter and that greats a pool for bacteria and such to grow. There for rendering the fast water filter useless. Also some people I know that’s use this on trips just got Giardia. I have tested and used the sawyer for my natural disaster bag and it has yet to get me sick and iv had it for 5 years now. Just throughing that out there for ya.

  • Packing for my first ever backpacking trip right now! Thanks for the tips! I’m a serial over packer normally, so your tips are super helpful!

  • I’d recommend snake bite kit, first aid kit, extra lighters, flint, matches, and an emergency phone that texts through radio waves for emergency purposes

  • This is one of the most well spoken women ive ever heard, I actually could listen to her talk about stuff unlike the forced YouTube accents of lots of women (and men too)

  • I think jeans are probably not a good idea but a cotton t shirt is probably fine if it gets wet. Im wearing a soaked cotton t shirt rn since I was just out in heavy rain and it doesn’t feel too bad

  • Love Dan but I couldn’t disagree more about the water bladder. First of all, when you’re hiking on any trail, especially longer distances and in hot weather, you need to aggressively hydrate. Most average water bottles don’t hold very much water, and if you’re hiking anywhere past 5 miles to a location there’s a strong possibility you’ll run out of water, and you don’t ever want to run out of water. Plus, if you happen to misplace your bottle, you’re screwed. A bladder stays in your pack. My bladder is 3L and I almost always drink every last drop by the time I reach base camp. Second, idk what he’s talking about with it being uncomfortable. If you have a decent fitted pack and know how to adjust the straps you’ll never notice the bladder. Last, fill the bladder BEFORE you pack. Idk why anyone would wait till after they pack to try and fill the bladder. When you get to base camp you will unpack and before you pack back up just refill your bladder from your filter reservoir for the hike out. You can use a bottle for your camp drinking water while you’re at base. And of course, make sure you have a really good water filtration system. I highly recommend a gallon reservoir with a gravity system. Makes the water situation easy peasy. One last thing. As long as your camped near a water source, I don’t think it really matters how much water it takes to cook. Just get it from the reservoir or boil it straight from the source. Anyway, love the vid and Dan’s channel, just my two cents.

  • A very nice video and good recommendations. I would like to add a couple thoughts: 1) bring a healthy dose of “caution” when in the wilderness: falling, getting scraped up on granite, punctured by tree limbs, or twisting an ankle, when even just a few miles from the car can
    cause a lot of trauma. 2) if you get lost or think you are lost, don’t run! a fast walk is o.k. but you are more likely to trip and fall and injure yourself while running. 3) a whistle is a good way to signal for help or to let others know which direction you are in 4) if you are going to be where you might run into poisonous snakes, a homeopathic anti-venom kit can possibly save your life, or that of your pet (google “Venomous Snake/Insect Bite Recovery Kit” and search the page on thedogbreederstore.com) 5) don’t go off on your owntake a buddy. Ironically none of these things weigh anything, except maybe the whistle ;0)

  • Just wanted to say how helpful this video was for me! I’ve been away from the outdoors for a while and backpacking is something I have decided I wanted to do. Watching your video has helped tremendously in getting me aimed in a better direction and probably saved me a few unnecessary purchases! Hats off

  • Something to consider for both battery charging and cook stoves is the BioLite stove. It’s a little heavy, but it works like a rocket stove and it can charge your devices. I still recommend taking a small camp stove as a backup if there is no organic material around to burn.

  • Avoid abbreviations. Beginners may not know what you are referring to when you use abbreviations such as AT and PCT. You did mention AT for Appalachian Trail.

  • Back in ’68 I won this all expense paid vacation to a scenic tropical paradise, with swaying palm trees, beautiful women, etc. They neglected to tell me those women were “IN” those palm trees shooting at me. Then I was given a free fully supported backpacking trip all over that country. Sure enough a helicopter came once a week with dehydrated food, except during monsoons, then we had to eat nuts roots, berries and bugs. After about a year, only 6 of the original 120 who started the hike hadn’t dropped out for one reason or the other. I had free air fare home too. I was never so glad to see a vacation be over in my life.

  • Just starting out in this world of hiking and camping and finding your videos the most honest and least intimidating on YouTube. Thanks for great content

  • I backpacked with a guy who brought bananas, but packed them outside his pack.  I like to bring boiled eggs for breakfast.  Most cooked items will last 3 to 4 days in cool to cold weather.  Best thing to do is experiment at home, like single serving spam, salmon, quick cook items such as pasta.  Your meal is limited to your imagination and weight you can carry.  In bear country I don’t bring smelly things such as spam, sardines, or salmon; unless you want to bait a bear.

  • There are now purpose-made pee rags that are anti-microbial and also fold closed to protect the ‘wiping’ side. Check out Etsy where I got mine. Better than using a bandanna.

  • Not much of a backpacker myself but try Bug Bite Thing! It’s a small plastic device that can suck at least some of the venom from bug bites out. I’ve heard it can also be used to pull out stingers, thorns, splinters, etc. Maybe even ticks?

  • Colin Fletcher is looking down upon you and smiling from ear to ear. Great job and thank you for the time and effort you have spent on this project.

  • I would have a good knife of some sort, a Benchmade Bugout is a good lightweight knife, it is a little expensive, around $90 to $100

  • Good video. Very nice personality. I enjoyed the entire description of your backpacks content, advice and experiences. How much your backpack load weights including food and everything? Thank you so much for sharing in this video. God bless you.

  • A good thing to do with mosquito bite his spit on it and rub it in or lick it and leave it for half a minute it will stop itching. But if you’re swarmed with mosquitoes good luck with that LOL. Quarter cup lemon juice freshly squeezed, 16 drops of lavender oil, 4 tablespoons of pure vanilla plus water to equal 16 ounces total including. See if it works it works on everything I’ve ever tried it on sprayed on your clothes all natural and amazing thank you for sharing all of your knowledge I love it

  • Great video. Very funny for the second explination. So I always go into the woods with essential gear as well. I do not however cover water and food…. as these are a necessity in the woods. I think you should have a sleep system and cook set in part of your essentials.

  • iv got the BRS stove too mate, its pretty decent, however i find gas struggles in the cold, im using solid fuel stoves and esbit at the moment as its winter here in england. nice load out pal, iv just subscribed to your channel and im loving it! ATB Tom.

  • Best advice I ever had for my first hike was to walk a couple of miles fully packed around my neighborhood. It was unbelievable how much stuff I didn’t need after all…

  • Nic Vid Dan… I really think that is a GREAT point you made about different types of backpackers. I think all the new backpackers think you have to thru-hike to be a backpacker; Day/Weekend, Section, Thur (all valid).

    I night I am only worried about Grizz, Cougars, Mice, and Aliens!:( Or venomous snakes when I am in the tropics.:) I know it’s rare, but I have had a cougar outside of my tent a few times and it’s not the best feeling (I live outside of Bend, OR when home).

  • Yeah i know this was a back paging video, but you taught me some things that is just so helpful in general. I like the chemistry of materials and product manufacturing, as well as he medicinal information that is general common sense but great to have all in one video.

    Im not complaining, but you did miss 1 thing. 1 thing out of like 1000…. trekking poles. you know, duct tape around the poles and cool stuff like that!

  • Welp female has no idea what she’s talking about, nobody brings a shirt for every day of the week. To much clothes, plastic wear is garbage it breaks, no knife, idk what’s going on here

  • My daughter and I are going on our first hiking adventure in Ontario Canada and we are binge watching vids. THANK YOU! We adore you and your content.

  • You shouldn’t be worried about the “bumps in the night.” Most predators are uber silent when on the prowl. That’s why you should practice good cooking and food handling techniques around camp.

  • Thank you for the info. your videos are a big help generally with the equipment, it cost a fortune to learn this on our own. also your so right on the boots, its even the same in industrial and construction work, everyone thinks they have to have a “work boot” and they commonly damage themselves. anyway the info. your giving is much appreciated, thank you so much!

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  • Started out with a bladder when I was a “Beginner”, I have since learned that Smart Water bottles are a hikers best friend! Cheers From Denver.

  • Hike your own hike..over done but there’s a reason for that a lot of this built around your personal goals or needs love the channel don’t get it wrong but you got heaping helping of assumptions here

  • I started backpacking in the 1970s. My tent weighed over 7 lbs, my down sleeping weighed 3 lbs (and that was onky a three-season bag), my all-leather “Frankenstein” boots weighed 4 lbs the pair, my external frame pack (they were pretty much all external frame) weighed 5 lbs empty); I could go on but you get the picture: equipment back then was HEAVY!! But except for the tent, I still have all that stuff it was heavy but durable as all get out! I now have all lightweight gear, of course. I also still have my old copy of William Kemsley’s book, “Backpacking Equipment Buyer’s Guide”: a Consuner Reports -style guide published in 1977. It’s amazing to look back on all that stuff. Even more amazing is the absolute plethora of manufacturers back then.

  • I’ll have you know miss that Michael Jordan came out of the womb doing a 360 degree alley-oop dunk…who assisted him? no one knows.

  • So personally, i just started doing small trails in the town i live in, and i have to admit when you mentioned a trip from Mexico To Canada? My mind was blown. that seems like such an unreachable task to me right now. I must admit however it sounds amazing.

  • I’ve also dealt with the plantar fasciitis issue and went from clunky boots to trail runners, but am back to boots.
    My latest find which I am absolutely loving are the Technica Forge GTX boots. Never spent this much money on any boots or shoes before, but they are so worth it. They custom fit them to your feet in the store so no break in period. The sales person said they are introducing trail runners soon. May check them out after these.

  • Best of luck, safe hike and i hope to be doing it this year as well. dont know if im in shape enough yet. i met my secondary weight goal which was 315 by my birthday 4 days ago. plan to be below 300 by jan.

  • She mentions so much wiggle room in your toe space, but I’ve experienced that backfiring repeatedly. I wear hiking boots (bad ankle) and if for whatever reason your foot is sliding inside the boot/shoe, that extra toe space will actually cause damage after even short downgrades. I had one pair that I had to get rid of because i couldn’t get my feet to stop sliding no matter how much I tightened it. Fortunately, I was able to swap with my mom to give my feet a break until I could get a replacement.

    As an additional measure, I would say wiggle your big toe up and down. For shoes with harder material, if the height is too shallow, it will put constant pressure on the toe nail (just the same as if your toe is pressing against the end as she mentions), causing pain, bruising and fortunately that’s as far as I’ve ever gotten as I was on a short hike (3-4 hrs) and was able to retire those boots after it.

  • This is so helpful! Me and my best friend love hiking and camping but wanted to do both at the same time and didn’t know how to pack light enough for the two of us.

  • Before I start, I absolutely love the vids!

    1. Never say never
    2. If you mean 100% cotton, don’t wear it backpacking. I have worn Columbia Omniwick, it’s a poly cotton blend and it’s the bomb. Men’s Thistletown Park™ Raglan Hoodie. It’s sold out on Columbia.com I didn’t pay the price Amazon has it for $39.99. I paid $19.99 and have three others that are henleys. 15 SPF and 67 poly 33 cotton. The one I absolutely love is Simms SolarFlex Hoodie cloud camo. 69.95 UPF 50 and not enough room to describe other than you need this hoody! When I bought it it was new, just came out, and $139.
    3. Yes, there are monsters and demons ��
    4. I have always carried a water bladder and I don’t have to take it out. I carry a Platy Gravity Works. Modified the water bladder with valves. Basically, the Platy is the dirty bag and the water bladder is the clean left in place. Plus I can put whatever amount in it I want. For me it works the best and is the most efficient. I know how much I drink so I’m not that far off with how much is left. If there are water sources close I don’t fill the bladder much. I also bring a smart water bottle as a backup. Just like tablets for a backup to the Platy.
    5. Unless one doesn’t have close water sources it doesn’t matter how much water weighs. I carry 3L in my water bladder but I’ll pee it off or burn it.
    6. Thanks for the tips on Peak and Greenbelly. Great vid. What I said works for me.

  • About 5 years ago, 3 am, Shenandoah Mnts AT Shelter. Got pelted by rocks coming through the tree tops, then one, really loud… “WHOOOOOPPPPPP” so yeah, sometimes…. 😉

  • Thanks for another fun video, Dan! On the cotton topic, I think one of the worst gear recs I ever received was to use a cotton bandana in my cook kit. The bandana never dries out and starts to stink after just a day or two. We’ve since moved to the like-sized synthetic towels in our cook kits and are much more pleased.

    Keep the content coming!

  • 5:30 I’m not going to go into a whole video preaching why I use trail runners…. Youtube card pops up for a video “why I switched from boots to trail runners”. Hahahaha

  • I have put together what I think I will need, other than a good backpack, to get started backpacking. A really good reasonably price ultralight 2p tent with footprint, 2 sleeping bags(a 20 degree one and a -15 one) both down, a good mattress and pillow, backpacking food(mountain house), a jetboil stove and gas, a good hatchet and knife, water purification system along with tabs and water jugs, a titanium canteen, a titanium cook set, a good pair of hiking pants and a lightweight jacket, a good pair of hiking boots and collaspable measuring cups. I have other things like a mini lamp with flashlights and a plasma lighter with waterproof matches as well. All that, other than the mountain house freeze dried food, cost around 700 dollars for good top of the line equipment. I think I did a pretty good job and now other than a few items like personal hygiene and a towel and a good backpack I should be set. If anyone can think of other things I might need let me know. I just need to watch the video now and should be good.

  • Sounds like your issue with bladders is more about a pack issue as not every pack has the bladder right up against your back. And the distribution of weight and where it sits is almost always better with a bladder.

    Look, we have special operators using them on extremely long range recon ops where you hike 14 miles a day and are out in the bush for weeks lugging around 75-100lbs. packs.

    That brings me to another point. Not every long range hiker is a minimalist. I do it all the time and my long range pack is about 80lbs. Surely that is not minimalist. Hunters also do it. The difference is, I train my body to carry that weight on long hikes. I am not sure why people have to classify a “backpacker” vs. “Hiker” or a “Long Range Hiker”….they all carry a pack.

    I do like the points about calorie dense food and cotton. Layer clothing and use merino wool and synthetics.

    Hint: Peanut Butter mixed with nuts and berries. You can make your own very easy. Also it is important to note that you should be wearing the correct footwear for the weight of your pack and that you can save weight by not packing too much food as you don’t need alot and the body can go for weeks without it. I am not saying don’t bring it but most people pack too much.

  • My cousin and I did our 1rst mnt hiking in Norh Carolina, we hit the A.T. near mount Leconte we way over packed our bags plus we didn’t have the right gear too much cotton too much extra stuff” we had to carry those unwanted items until we came across a drop off zone, our packs were 15 lbs over..so we learned a lotta hard lessons during our 56 mile journey. Now 16 years later I want to return with the proper gear. It was one of the greatest journeys I’ve ever taken and one of the best trial and error lessons ever.

  • Hey dan, love your content. I got a couple of suggestions for some videos. Even though it’s not sexy, I think it’d be good to have video dedicated to the LNT. I foresee a spike in outdoor backpacking when all the dust settles and it’d be good for not very avid hikers/campers to have an understanding of what’s expected. All the big backpacking channels don’t really have a video alone dedicated to this very serious hiking subject. A more sexy option for a video would be to do a video on how to build a fire, what conditions to build in, make sure there’s a good fire pit, be aware of the rules of where you’re hiking, how to dry out your fire wood (if your skilled in such ways).

  • Towellettes are fine but be sure to carry them out because they do not decompose, ever. The are made of nylon, rather than paper.

  • Jeremiahgreat video!! Make a goal is right! Pick your location, bring a paper map (don’t rely only on electronics until you are sure of your battery chargers) and don’t over estimate your abilityhike a short distance into your overnight area 3 miles or less. It’s going to take forever to do all your camp chores and you are rightyou can go back to your car if you need to. The Dalghren Camp site in MD is less than a mile from the parking lot. It also has a bathroomit’s a great starter site for newbies! Pine Knob Shelter in MD is also a mile or so from parking, if you want to try the shelter experience. I remember my first overnight! I felt like such an idiot trying to act like I knew what I was doing…lol

  • When talking about repair stuff and tape: try to get the real good stuff, the one the military uses. It sticks to nearly everything, I once repaired my Thermarest with it, and it can act as a firestarter if you need it.

  • I love over-planning and getting all the numbers right. Please don’t take that from me ��. Most of hikers especially thru hikers I have known are perfectionists and very disciplined, which is good as being reckless can have a much higher cost.

  • I carried a “large” amount of instant coffee, sugar and creamer for several section hikes before I finally realized I didn’t ever use any of it. Just never got into the habit of waiting for a cup of coffee. But the little package covered over 100 miles of the AT in good shape.

  • Hi, super nice video! you make the vibe graspable that you connect with while out hiking. I like your relaxed but thorough way of talking things through, not overexcited and stress-inducing like some other youtubers..

    btw, that’s a super nice fleece! what brand and model is it?

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  • What was your experience with theft on the trail? If I set up camp and the wander off to pee would I have to worry about people stealing my stuff? Obviously I wouldn’t leave electronics or other valuables just laying about. Another thing; did you feel safe while hiking by yourself?
    I want to start trekking alone and am a little worried about it. It will just be me and my dog.

  • Wow! This is such a well done video! I’m so inspired! I’ve never done a multi day hike but I really feel like I can be prepared after watching this. Thank you so much. You’re so well spoken and experienced. This was a pleasure to watch!

  • Hello lovers of hiking I share a good plan with you, because I was satisfied myself:

  • 1 = Hydratation, 2 = Fire stuff, 3 = Knife, 4 = Fishing/collecting food on nature skills, 5 = Protection against wind/sun/rain/snow, 6 = First aid stuff, 7+ = whatever, because THESE are the important things you SHOULD to have in ALL adventures in nature, for emergency.:D

  • How much does that setup weigh (without water) when packed, Chris? And how much does the camera gear by itself add? Approximate numbers (or guesses) are fine you don’t have to break it down to the gram.:-)

  • I just got me my first thing of sunscreen never purchased it before… I use to think only certain people were supposed to wear it but now anyone can get sun damage and wrinkles from the sun.

  • Well, I think that the ibuprofen is kinda important…
    Edit: Of course if there’s something with similar abilities and is smaller then don’t:)

  • My lightweight backpack weights less than your powerbank. Your metal torch is for SWAT or an old lady i guess. Im not dislikinganyone learns by pain.

  • Good comprehensive video… now, did I hear/see right ( 1:42:30) that you chose to put stagnant water with a dead cat into your filter?

  • Time Stamps!
    00:45 10 Essentials of Hiking
    05:15 SHELTERS
    05:17 Tents
    17:18 Stakes
    18:28 Tarps
    21:31 Bivy
    23:14 Hammocks
    27:02 Sleeping Bags
    29:31 Down vs Synthetic
    36:55 Quilts
    39:27 Sleeping Pads
    39:42 Foam
    41:25 Self Inflating
    42:10 Inflatable
    45:02 FOOTWEAR
    45:10 Hiking Boots
    50:21 Trail Runners
    52:44 Sandals
    55:08 How To Properly Fit
    59:27 Camp Shoes
    01:01:21 Socks
    01:08:10 CLOTHING LAYERS
    01:10:10 Underwear
    01:12:09 Base Layers
    01:13:32 Shirts
    01:14:48 Pants/Shorts/Skirts
    01:18:09 Mid Layers
    01:21:10 Rain Gear
    01:28:05 BUGS!
    01:29:50 Ticks and General Repellants
    01:33:03 Mosquitoes
    01:35:33 Bees/Wasps
    01:40:45 WATER TREATMENT
    01:41:43 Boiling
    01:43:43 Chemical Treatments
    01:45:19 Filters
    01:51:39 FOOD
    01:56:54 Food Storage
    02:01:35 Stoves
    02:05:54 Cookware
    02:10:33 ELECTRONICS
    02:12:09 Backup Battery Packs
    02:16:51 Solar Panel Chargers
    02:22:39 FIRST AID
    02:22:46 Take Care of Your Feet/Blisters
    02:26:02 Plantar Fasciitis
    02:27:32 Chafing
    02:28:51 Sprains
    02:30:17 Cuts and Scrapes
    02:31:38 Poisonous Plants
    02:32:34: Hypothermia
    02:33:58 Hyperthermia
    02:36:02 Snake Bites
    02:38:49 First Aid Kit
    02:40:50 HYGIENE
    02:47:17 Going to the Bathroom
    02:55:22 Menstruation
    02:59:26 BAD WEATHER
    03:00:14 Heavy Rain
    03:08:25 Hail
    03:09:12 Lightning
    03:11:22 BACKPACKS
    03:11:26 Picking a Pack
    03:25:09 Fitting a Pack
    03:30:14 Packing a Pack
    03:32:20 Plan Ahead
    03:32:49 Travel/Camp on Durable Surfaces
    03:35:01 Respect Wildlife
    03:36:53 Camp Fire Basics
    03:38:18 Dispose of Waste
    03:40:47 Be Considerate of Other Visitors
    03:41:37 Leave What You Find

  • My water bladder is my luxury item. I’ve bought one, because I never get any water when we’re hiking with the kids. And I found it very convenient at camp, because I had a 2l water tank next to the tent. Actually, I used the holes to weight my tarp down when I was out of rope ;D. And I too use an Osprey Backpack and the bladder doesn’t bother me after 15km.

  • Thank you for telling us the difference! I never even heard the term long-distance hiker. Friends that do that call it backpacking. I am definitely more interested in shorter distance backpacking and staying a bit.

  • Are tactical packs good for backpacking? 40L traditional backpacks vs 40L tactical? I may buy a tactical. Thanks. I’m not a long distance backpacker.

  • Thanks for the great video and I’m sorry it took so long to see it. Can I please suggest that you include a “neckerchief” as an Essential. Useful for hot days keeping dust, sun and sweat off the back of your neck, useful in smoke or dust to keep them off your face, and most IMPORTANTLY, useful as a tourniquet for when those unhappy and venomous reptiles decide that the social distance is not quite right.

  • So essentially:
    -backpack with good straps, have a waterproof cover for it
    -lightweight, waterproof tent
    -sleeping mat
    -sleeping bag rated for extremely cold weather
    -gas powered stove top, REMEMBER LIGHTER
    -Cooking pot with a metal lid
    -bowl, cup, utensils
    -warm breakfast food
    -snack bars for lunch
    -Trail mix, dried fruits and nuts
    -MREs or dehydrated food that you add water to cook for dinner
    -Water purifying tablets, or life straw water bottle
    -Water pack
    -Lots of socks, probably 1 pair for every day +1-2 extra
    -Thermal undergarments
    -Underwear, bottoms should probably have a pair for each day cuz we don’t need y’all getting swamp ass out here
    -shorts/comfy pants depending on weather
    -(females only) Sports bras (probably like 2-3 for a week of camping)
    -Warm, Waterproof jacket
    -Warm hat like a balaclava or beanie

    -medical tape

    -antiseptic wipes




    -Inhaler if necessary
    -Phone, charger and a good battery pack
    -Waterproof speakers or headphones
    -Save some maps to your phone but print a backup
    -flashlight that can dual purpose as a lantern, either rechargeable via USB or pack extra batteries
    -head torch
    -Wilderness wipes or biodegradable soap
    -Tissue paper
    -Hand sanitizer
    -Toothbrush, toothpaste
    -Possibly a sleep mask depending on sunrise and sunset times in your location
    -quick drying microfiber towel

    *If anyone wants to link some of the stuff on amazon in the replies please do

  • There is no aspartame in Diet Dr. Pepper. Most Diet sodas have switched to Sucralose which makes it so they can have them at 0 calories.

  • Don’t know if this is considered a gear question but, what is the brand of the sweater you are wearing in this video. Looks like Patagonia but no tag. Tks very much. Very nice sweater.

  • Hot nature more often.. you won’t need sun screen. And don’t you know Uv is needed for good vision.. you have black out glasses!

  • PREPPERisms -the following list is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list of Prepper knowledge, just inspiration.

    Skills are more valuable than stuff. So seek to acquire as many practical skills & knowledge as is available. Another way to look at it is “the more you know the lighter your load”.

    “TWO is ONE & ONE is NONE”
    Because stuff gets lost, broken, stolen, have backups to your backups of essentials like 2 knives, 2 lighters, etc.

    “RULE of 3”
    You can die after 3 seconds of indecision during a fatal threat (predetermine reasonable losses) 3 minutes without air (practice freediving) 3 hours of exposure to extreme weather (practice hydrotherapy to enhance body thermo-regulation) 3 days without water (practice economy of movement & water fasting) 3 weeks without food (practice fasting) 3 months without a long term plan (because seasons change) 3 years without a partner/team (screen members now) 3 decades without reproduction (new generation is necessary)

    EVASION (head-on-a-swivel; become a “Grayman”)
    PERSUASION (humble negotiation; See Negotiation in “SEVEN HEAVEN SKILLS” below)
    DARKSIDE (without warning execute extreme violence on their eyes, throat, ears, groin, knees, feet; resilience & tenacity can outstrip strength & speed)
    WEAPON (firearms may be easy but it may be wise to consider a concealable range weapon with low maintenance & not dependent on manufactured ammo, such as a baseball bat, adjustable walking staff/cane, crowbar, bullwhip, slingshot, etc)

    True, we should all be prepared to survive without energy/electricity or public water. But creating energy & water off-grid means more than just surviving, but it’s thriving!

    SOLAR POWER SYSTEM: solar panels, battery bank, inverter
    WIND GENERATOR: wind turbine, battery bank, inverter.
    HANDCRANK GENERATOR: gear ratio allows just one person to turn a handle & generate power.
    COMBO GENERATOR: generator that combines as many of the sources mentioned above.
    DEHUMIDIFIER: can pull water right out of the air!

    PROs/CONs: Solar & Wind power can be increased by adding more panels, turbines, or batteries.
    Handcrank can also be hooked up to a bicycle & is never dependent on the weather but can generate electricity 24/7.
    Dehumidifier (large free standing room model) can provide upto 8 gallons of water per day (depending on humidity level in your area) even if you are in a tiny little apartment.
    No sun or wind means no power collection for solar & wind generators. Human fatigue may limit handcrank generators. Dehumidifiers are useless without electricity & if the air is contaminated be prepared to filter the water before drinking. Inevitably things will require maintenance & repair so mechanical/electrical/electronic skills will be valuable.

    “Watchout With Wetty, Windy, Warmy, Wiggly, Wicky & Widow-makers!”
    Build shelter where it’s high & dry above “wetty” during rain, but close to a “wetty” source to stay hydrated; where “windy” is blocked when it’s cold, but allow “windy” when hot; where fire wood keeps you “warmy” when cold, but shaded from “warmy” when hot; where you’re off the ground away from “wiggly” critters & off a “wicky” cold ground; & not under “widow-maker” dead trees/limbs that could fall on you. Remember, you need something to sleep under, to sleep on & to sleep in.

    YouTube “How to” videos for these force multipliers & practice daily/wkly:
    LEARNING/REMEMBERING (attention=retention, repetition=recall, adaptability=survivability)
    HABIT CREATION (made up of cues, craving, routine, reward; success is the compound interest of effective habits)
    MEDITATION (enhances attention span, pain & stress management)
    HEALTH (Eat better but less; Move more often & faster; Hygiene your machine by keeping clean)
    FASTING (autophagy & strengthens self-control/self-discipline)
    FIRST-AID/TRAUMA (YOU are your “first responder”, practice M.A.R.C.H. algorithm)
    NEGOTIATION (reading body language, micro expressions, listening, psychology, persuasive language, bartering)

    Acquire EVERYTHING to survive an entire short period, before getting more stuff for a longer period because you do NOT want to have a year’s worth of water but only 1wk of food & no medical supplies when everything collapses!
    1ST: 1 week of water (1gal per person per day), 1 week of food (pre-cooked non-perishable), medical supplies, 1 week of hygiene supplies, 1 week of etc, etc
    2ND: enhance home security & security protocols
    3RD: 3 months of water, food, etc
    4TH: enhance transportation options, dependability & security protocols
    5TH: Bug-Out-Bag Myth, is bugging out your first option? NO! But despite the fact that sheltering-in-place is optimum, we never know when we may be forced to bug-out, so it’s “Better To Have It & Not Need It, Than Need It & Not Have It” so after your bag is complete, double up on equipment because, “Two is One & One is None”.
    6TH: 6 months mixed more water, food, etc
    7TH: Self-Sustainable Sustenance, food production (gardening/small animal farming [chickens, meat rabbits, etc])
    8TH: Priority Faith to pray for wisdom & ask myself “If I only had enough time/money to acquire just one more thing/skill before a collapse what would it be?” Remember, “prepping” (being prepared) is not an event, it’s a lifestyle.

    Anyone opposed to your core Principles & Purposes of life should NOT be in your intimate group!
    GUARDIAN (Security, safety)
    HEALER (doctor, medic, nurse, therapist, herbalist)
    PROVIDER (hunts, forages, scavenges)
    TINKERER (engineer, scientist, mechanic, handyman, tradesman, etc)
    FARMER (reproduces animal/plant food)
    CLERK (organizes supplies, equipment, tasks, training, etc)
    CAREGIVER (domestic [cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc], counselor, teacher/babysitter)
    LEADER (empathetically unemotional, logical, negotiator; will emerge as core group is established)
    CHAMELEON (quick learner, adaptable, willing to change positions & either already has or studies other skills not listed here)
    All skills should be cross trained.

    B.O.B. (BUG OUT BAG)
    (This is not to be confused with a smaller “Go-bag/Get-Home-Bag” you may keep in your vehicle)
    Without compromising quality, get the lightest weight versions of the following items & choose multifunction tools to keep total pack weight to less than 20% of a healthy person’s body weight. Bare minimum examples are included below but there are always better quality items so do your own research. Remember, the best survival items are the ones you already have on you & the more you know the lighter your load, so become proficient with what you already have & consider ways to improvise equipment/tools in the field.

    CONTAINER: Water & Filter (collapsible 1liter plastic water bottle or metal capped canister; water is 8lbs per gallon, so in addition to having some water on you, the ability to filter discovered water while on the move will be vital to keeping you hydrated & your load light)
    CUTTING: Knife (3/16″ thick, full tang), Multi-tool with folding knife, saw, screwdriver set, scissors, awl, can & bottle opener, & pliers.
    COMBUSTION: lighters, ferro rods, fresnel lens (magnifying glass), tinder, candle, flashlight, headlamp, etc.
    CORDAGE: rope/duct tape/paracord.
    COVERING: (something to sleep under, to sleep on, & to sleep in) Heavy duty plastic tarp 6×8, three 55gal plastic drum liners or sleeping bag, hammock tent, 2 pair socks, 2 underwears, 2 undershirts, long-sleeved shirt/pull over hoodie, pants (not shorts), gloves, face mask, bandana/shemagh, hat, boots, light rain jacket w/hood (unless you live in a region that is cold more than ⅓ of the year do not pack a heavy winter coat, but just layer up all clothing when cold & insulate with plastic/rain poncho)
    CARE: First-Aid/Trauma kit (tourniquet, compression bandages, assortment of guaze, medications, etc); Hygiene (comb, 3 hand towel/rags, soap, etc)
    CONSUMPTION: Food (pre-cooked non-perishable -MREs/jerky) & Fishing/Hunting tools (hooks, string, weights, snare wire, slingshot, crossbow, etc)
    COMMUNICATIONS: Radios (handcrank AM/FM radio w/emergency & weather stations; walkie talkie, CB or ham radio); Maps  (local, state, country) & Compass; Energy (batteries, charger cords, handcrank/solar charger)
    CREDENTIALS: (pin note on Bug Out Bag reminding you to get these out of your fireproof safe before leaving) documents & extra keys (birth certificate, passport, marriage license, drivers license, house & car keys, etc)
    CASH: Initially cash money will still be King; next have some pocket sized barter items (small packets of non-perishable food, instant coffee packets, sample bottles of liquor, cuttable gold/silver chain, pack of candy/gum, etc)
    CRAFTING: Axe/Machete, Folding/bow/wire saw, Clawbar 10″ (doubles as a hammer & key to the city), Self-adjusting wrench, Locking pliers, 11-in-1 Multi Bit Screwdriver & Nut Driver, Electrical wire stripper/crimper.
    CREATIVE: playing cards, dice, harmonica, literature (pocket bible, pocket SAS Survival Guide, etc)

    “But what if nothing happens?” It’s okay to be wrong, just don’t be dead wrong.
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    Liberty = Peace & I pray we always enjoy both!

  • Love the channel. Seeing how you haven’t evolved beyond the rest of us pogs. Any chance we could get a basics video? Preparing for a trail and not getting lost. What to expect yada yada. Break it down barny style.

  • My husband and I are just getting into backpacking as weekend warriors. So many videos are catered to long distance thru hikers which I understand since advice is critical for those folks, but as beginners we needed advice tailored more to our goals. I don’t need to know how to shave off every ounce, I need advice on how to have a good time and avoid some basic mishaps. Thanks for making this video and being honest about what kind of hiker you are.

  • That’s not a lot of food for 3 days…I mean, that’s enough food for basic survival. When I backpack I carry the extra weight of extra food because I have a very fast metabolism (even at 30) and I need meals, not snacks lol.

  • Thank for the Great tips. Will be hiking soon so this tips will come in handy and +++ will be vloging about my hiking to one of the World most Beautiful waterfall in Mumbai. Follow���� Officially keekee

  • A huge thank you to Austin at “Middle TN Hikes” for the great times and awesome editing skills! You are the man! Go check out his channel, especially if you live in the TN area

  • I agree with the cotton. I bicycle tour but I do sink laundry to stay fresh. Mountain Warehouse has some really good deals on wool

  • I’m supposed to be going camping in a about a month or two from now. We are waiting for the end of August. We are going to Mineral Wells State Park in Texas.

  • I got a expad hand pump which has 900 feathers and works Great! Got it on sale at Campsaver.com. it is Great in winter or fall use it for Wisconsin motorcycle trips in fall not to heavy either.

  • I have been watching YouTube backpackers (you, SBO, Tim Watson, Bryce, etc) and through hikers ( Frozen, Darwin, Dixie) for years and never truly defined the difference between the two. Thank you for doing that in this video. It is helping with some mental hurdles.

  • Where was this advice 40-odd years ago when I first started out camping/backpacking?
    What you call “backpacking”, we’ve always just called “camping” though now that term’s getting muddied by people car camping and people referring to staying in a caravan/motorhome as “camping”.
    I do notice that a lot of people use certain terms interchangeably, though. A long-distance hiker will refer to it as “backpacking” and then wonder why my “backpacking” setup doesn’t have a base weight of less than 3oz or whatever. When I talk of “bushcraft” I’m talking of the ability to safely counter the hazards of the wilderness and the “bushcrafters” are wondering why I’m not whittling my own tent pegs or building a 3-storey mansion out of logs.
    I’m definitely not a long distance hiker, either. I love to go out, set up camp for the night, perhaps go for a day-hike around the area the next day if I’m out for two or more nights, then strike camp and head back home.
    Back when I started out camping/backpacking, my clothes and equipment where whatever I had on hand or could borrow. Consequently, cotton t-shirts were my summer clothes and I quickly learned that sweating in cotton clothing means that you chill badly in the slightest breeze. Amazing how fast a hot summer day can seem unbearably cold when you’ve got a brisk wind blowing across the sopping wet fabric clinging to your kidneys. I discovered for myself that so-called “thermal” undershirts made of polypropylene made far better “T-shirts” on a hot summer’s day than cotton shirts. They wick the sweat away from the skin and allow it to evaporate off the outside of the shirt, keeping you cool, not cold. Now the only cotton in my pack (that isn’t impregnated with Vaseline for use as a firestarter) is a cotton bandanna that’s more of a “multi-purpose cloth” than a garment.
    I’ve never used a water bladder when camping, much more convenient to have a canteen or water bottle. I wear my canteen in a pouch on my hip where it’s easy to reach. You can get MOLLE bottle pouches and use the straps as belt loops if you want to carry a plastic water bottle.
    That’s some impressive caloric intake on those meals! One of the things that puts me off most of the freeze-dried “backpacking” food out there is that the energy you get from them is laughably low for someone who’s supposed to lug their shelter, sleep system etc up and down a mountainside. Seriously. And at the price per serving, you’d have to spend a fortune to feed yourself for a couple of days. We bought freeze-dried meals precisely once we had to supplement them with other food in order to get enough caloric intake so we gave up on them as an expensive joke. There are far better and cheaper options for food than most of the freeze-dried meals out there.

  • 29:31 One more note on Down vs Synthetic sleeping bags; Down isn’t Vegan. So if you’re Vegan, or wish to avoid animal-based products, you’ll need to go Synthetic.
    43:40 Don’t bother with a ‘patch kit’. Just carry some Duct Tape/Gorilla Tape, rolled up really small. Does the job excellently, in a fraction of the time, and can be used for many other things too.

  • Seriously,what I like most about your chann,your honesty,and the truth…I agree with alot of your opinions,please keep making great vids…

  • Thank you for the good explanation of the differences between backpacking and long distance hiking! And for pointing out there is nothing wrong with either!

  • A tip for you Americans
    If you are unsure about the safety of a product or chemical, look if it’s sold in the EU.
    We have tighter regulations for everything.

    The most famous example is food, where EU only accepts ingredients that are proven to be safe, while in the US accepts everything that isn’t proven to be unsafe. An ocean of difference.

  • Thanks for this amazing compilation of hiking info! So many questions were answered but I have 2 more questions:
    1) What do you do if you hear an animal sniffing around your tent (and you’re not sure what it is)?
    2) How do you cut your toenails on the trail?

  • This is a lot of great information. I started by towing my kids in a wagon attached to my backpack to give myself resistance since we don’t have much elevation in NW Ohio.

  • Wow, this awesome! I’m new to backpacking and just 18 minutes in and I’m already learning a lot of good info! Thanks for putting this comprehensive video together for noobs like me. Looking forward to watching the rest in the next few days!:)

  • I’ve been away (hiking and camping) but a friend saw my earlier post on this topic. The question he put to me was essentially, what are MY “10 Essentials”? (Not “to start”, but to be reasonably safe on a DAY hike). Here they are:

    1Survival kit (carry on your belt, NEVER in a pack. Already contains: Mylar bivy, UCO Titan stormproof matches, lighter, compass, reflector, knife, eyeshade sunglasses, basic first-aid items, whistle, Micro-Maglite and 3 AAA batteries, water treatment pills, bouillon cubes, and MUCH more!)
    2Smartphone (in a waterproof, shockproof case with a spare battery or battery bank)
    3Appropriate clothing (PLUS rain AND thermal layers)
    4Water for the day/duration (may include a water filter)
    5Area topographic map (KNOW how to use a map and compass!)
    6Ultralight inflatable sleeping pad (i.e. Thermarest short “head-to-hip”, or Big Agnes AXL full “head-to-heel”)
    7Fix-It kit (or “ditty bag”, i.e. sewing, patching, etc. miscellaneous items, possibly depending on where you’re at or what you’re doing, etc.)
    8Essential prescription/s (i.e. eyeglasses, medication, etc.)
    9Emergency Personal Locator Beacon (day hikers NEED this kind of help!)
    10Food for the day/duration (OR an emergency food bar, like Mayday, or two)

    You may notice a PROPERLY assembled survival kit ALREADY has many of the “essentials” most people like to list. Also, remember most victims are rescued within 10 to 24 hours after a report to Search and Rescue, virtually ALL are rescued well within 3 days, so the survival kit should be assembled with that in mind.

    Any questions?

  • The most dangerous “bump in the night” you’re likely to experience is a buddy on the trail tripping on your tent guylines during a bathroom trip lol.

  • I have trouble carrying five pounds on my back due to my back issues:p. Maybe my strain will heal one day and I can try back packing

  • An important factor to look for in a double skin tent is outer pitch first or better still when both pitch at the same time. Inner pitch first tents are a real pain when the weather is bad.

  • Wool doesn’t dry very quickly.

    Can’t you fill your water bladder through the tube?

    If you camp near water (which most people like to try to do) you don’t have to carry that much water. Or get your cooking water just before you get to camp (if/when possible). Is there a water shortage in the US? Got a lot up here in Canada with all the glaciers melting…

  • My first weekend trip I wore jeans, brought steel toe work boots that were 8 years old, packed extra jeans, took a summer sleeping bag and tent (the night got down to 18 degrees, coldest I’ve ever been in my life. I wore 3 pairs of socks, a coat, and a beanie. Did I mention I packed a COAT??) got super hammered and smoked too many cigarettes, brought mostly canned food, didn’t buy a proper mess kit… I mean I could go on. But why embarrass myself further?

  • I’m an emergency preparedness/survival instructor. I have a few MINOR differences of opinion with you, but no real criticisms. In fact I APPLAUD you for making this video! I’m prior Air Force, and today I serve as the Safety / Disaster Response Officer for my Church.
    ONE item I WILL respectfully disagree with you on is the Life Straw. They have some serious flaws-Do a Google search and you’ll see where my concerns stem from. Personally, I use a Sawyer Mini for my Water needs. You can use it AS a Life Straw if needed. And the Sawyer Mini is rated for 100,000 Gallons (Though I don’t know HOW they can make that claim as I haven’t seen ANY documentation showing a Sawyer that has actually DONE it.), and you can buy extra pouches that attach to it. I also keep a Katadyn ‘Be Free’ filter in my kit as well.
    Regarding your lighting:
    GOOD IDEA reversing the one battery to prevent accidental draining. Home Depot sells the Coast Brand of Flashlights; I have two of their Head Lights, and I’m VERY happy with them. For batteries, I carry the Duracell’s. My second choice is the Energizer Batteries. I will not use ANYTHING else, as they just DON’T last! I carry TWO sets of spare batteries.
    My Pack:
    The Maxpedition Gyrfalcon. I LOVE this pack but am finding it just a TINY bit too small for my personal needs. I’m exploring ideas right now to improve the efficiency of what I pack and how its packed. If I can’t get the present system to how I want it, I’ll give the Gyrfalcon to my wife, and buy an Eberlestock, possibly a G-3 Operator.
    If you have not done so already, I HIGHLY encourage you and your family members/and friends to get their Technician Class Ham Radio Licenses. This will give you access to VHF/UHF Repeaters that you can use not only for everyday conversations, but MANY have Phone lines running from them-you can use to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF REPEATERS HAMS CAN ACCESS IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE, SO YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THIS!

  • Water bladders are the worst. Uncomfortable, a pain to load, can’t really meter your intake, and cleaning the things is a nightmare.

  • Love your channel…I’m giving you a hard time with the water bladder:) I actually made a carbon fiber plate for my hydration pack…so I don’t have water pushing on my back plus my body won’t heat up the water….you should also be drinking 1/2 your weight in ounces a day (on average…more if your hiking). Get on the trails and stay hydrated. I also keep an MSR pocket rocket with me for boiling water when needed.

  • I’d keep those matches and anything that’s not supposed to get in a hard case waterproof container. Maybe add a satellite phone if possible

  • Great videos, really enjoy just watching you chat about stuff and your thoughts on gear etc. Wonder if you have plans to up the lighting in your room? It might help make viewing the video a bit more pleasant for the eyes. Just my 2c. Cheers.

  • Late to the video. Thanks for not trying to be humorous. Too many try and fail. You get to the point. Well edited also. Peace!

  • Water bladders are great if your kid gets stoked to go out because he gets to use his. But backpacking with kids is a third, totally different, catagory.

  • Im a day hiker about to start doing my 1st overnight trips… What size Pack do you recommend for a 2 night 3 day trip?? not Winter of course but in warmer temps….Is a 50 ok? Thanks…. great Channel man new subscriber here checking in from Massachusetts….

  • The ONLY time I ever ran out of water between sources when I wasn’t expecting to and planning on it was back when I used a water bladder. I wound up having to hike 5 miles parched in some pretty nasty humid heat and had a dehydration headache for the rest of the night. I’ve never taken a bladder on trail again. You have ZERO idea how much water is left in that thing unless you just filled it, so your ability to ration water is basically non-existent meaning you are always either carrying more than you need or running dry when you least expect it. If you really like them, fine, but I would highly recommend having a liter or at least a half liter bottle as a backup.

  • Thanks, we are seniors and ride bikes, And walk on our paths ball mountain recreation area mi. We used to camp with our five kids we are empty-nesters, I like what you’re talking about being a backpack or are you done with the bike just going a few miles a day and seeing some nice sites I would not last doing 100 miles, I appreciate your way that you present your information. You do get to the point with a few mistakes sounds like me by the way I was in scouts for many years as an adult and so is my wife thanks

  • I lost 7 min. Of my life watching this video, that gear is for hiking on the park. Really a flash light for what? Sorry it’s funny but not instructive.

  • Awesome video with a good discussion. Trying on a backpack is big it seems to get overlooked with how online shopping has taken over. I know this was one thing I did wrong when I first started.

  • UV Protection: Here’s one area that this video totally missed the point. A smart hiker, especially if hiking in the deserts, the sun, or in a mosquito infested area will always wear long sleeve shirts and full length pants. Leaving that bare skin exposed to sunburn, cuts, or insect bites bites is akin to stupidity. Some points to consider:

    1) Most sunscreens are toxic! Would you eat the stuff? If not, why coat your largest organ, your skin, with it? Wearing short sleeves and shorts only to slather on toxic sunscreen is beyond being stupid, it’s asinine.
    2) I met some hikers from CA a couple a years hiking on a little used trail in the Gila Wilderness in NM. Their legs had multiple cuts, with some still oozing. They told me that the trail ahead was brushed over, and they were bailing out. Which would you rather scratch up, your skin or the nylon on your long pants?
    3) I recently hiked down the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon NP down to the Colorado River for a day hike. Many people were returning from their day hike down to Cedar Ridge as I was descending. Many of them, particularly young women, were in sleeveless tops and short, shorts. Most of them were sunburned to varying degrees. Apparently they did not realize that they were hiking in the desert.
    4) Two days ago I was returning from a day hike and saw four women heading up the trail, all in short sleeves. Two of them were already substantially sunburned on their bare arms. Worse, they were heading into an area where the mosquito hatch was in full force. Mosquitoes can bite through clothing, but bare skin is even easier!

    The presenter, if he was really trail smart, would have been properly attired for his video. Otherwise, he made good points. Being properly attired also applies to everyone else pictured. These people come across as amateurs. Thumbs down!

  • Fully agree on the water bladder, before I finally sold mine I used it only late for camp (I’m a long distance hiker btw) when you needed more. As well as the faff of getting it in and out of the backpack it also heats up really quick, if it’s against your back your bodyheat will heat the water, if it’s on the top or outside of your pack the sun will heat it up, nobody wants warm water to drink on a hot day.

  • I always wondered why Canadians are mostly upbeat and just happy people… also they have this natural sense of humor that I love… I think it’s because they spend more time outdoors than indoors… that’s gotta be it!

  • Great advice… I am all for testing your gear in your backyard of a campground so if it don’t work for you not a big deal.. Love the dog walker photo bomb… ����

  • great video dude..i was so surprised not to hear that banger of a intro..lol..i liked how y’all covered your parts.. Tennessee has some pretty sweet areas I hear…