Beginner Backpacking Seminar. by Mike Juskelis & Betty Steil Tips, rules and gear for 3-season, weekend backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic States
Mike Juskelis & Betty Steil
Tips, rules and gear for 3-season, weekend backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic States
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Backpacking - is an extension of the past time of hiking. A friend once told me it's pretty much the same except you're required to carry everything you need to exist for the allotted time ... on your back!!!
3-season Backpacking – When the night time temperatures are above freezing, for this region, Mid-April through the first week of November. Colder temperatures require heavier gear.
Weekend Backpacking – 2 to 3 day trips, sometimes 4. Longer trips require larger, more robust packs, more food, better logistics.
Lighting:Pack a small, light weight but powerful flashlight or headlamp for the evenings at campsite or for those times you might still be out on the trail at night. Keep the batteries fresh and consider carrying spares.
Scoop or Shovel:Nature is our bathroom while we are backpacking. Use a scoop or small shovel to dig a cat hole for fecal matter and TP. Bury at least 6” deep. Otherwise, the animals and weather will surface the paper.
Urine does not have to be buried. Consider a flat rock or rotting branch to create a salt lick. Mother Nature and the bacteria containing earth will take care of the rest. Please do this far away from the trail and any water source.
Knife:It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A simple pen knife will do. Use it to cut cord, make repairs, prepare food or trim a marshmallow roasting stick. A knife with a scissors is nice.
Foil packaged seafood and chicken
Pasta and noodles
Gorp, trail mix
Power Bars, Snickers
Uncle Ben’s Pre-cooked rice in a pouch
Esskay Pouch Meals: Chili, Cream Chip Beef, BBQed Pulled Pork ..
Pudding and fruit cups
Powdered seasonings and dry milk
Frozen meals from home for first nightFood*Unlimited possibilitiesNeed all food groups but focus on carbs.
Hang the bear bag at least 30 yards from camp. It should be on a limb that a bear cannot climb out on. A man of average height should not be able to reach up and touch the bottom of the bag. If using a rope between 2 trees, the trees should be 12 feet apart and the bag(s) should be in the middle of the rope.
Timber Rattlesnake (photos by Tony Van Vugt)
Route for Lyme’s Disease
Red Creek – Dolly Sods
Principles of Outdoor Ethics
Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.