5 Mistakes Beginner Backpackers Make

5 Mistakes Beginner Backpackers Make


Hey y’all! Dixie here. Today I wanna talk to you about five common mistakes that beginning backpackers often make. Now, I’m not knocking the beginners, but, any professional just wasn’t born a professional. I mean, Michael Jordan didn’t pop out of the womb, start taking his first steps while perfectly dribbling a basketball. It takes time to learn things, and that’s normal, but I’m hoping that maybe this video will help some of the beginners to learn from the mistakes of others and I’m willing to bet even some of you experienced backpackers who are watching can admit to probably making one or more of these mistakes yourself For this video, I took some input from my fellow backpackers and I also considered my own mistakes. So let’s get started. Before starting my AT thru hike, I did a lot of research about what gear is actually necessary and, you know, common mistakes and probably the top one was packing way too much stuff Now this might be like extra gear or just like unnecessary items completely There’s nothing wrong with having luxury items You know I think that most backpackers except maybe like the serious, serious ultralighters and probably even them, have some kind of luxury item But taking things like a hatchet, an axe, extra boots Several changes of clothes, like not just a cold and , you know, warm outfit but like literally almost a change of clothes for seven days or something Or a family photo album. Those things are a little excessive. But they are things that people have done Maybe some things that seem like you might need them but are a little excessive are like extra batteries and I’m not talking about one set of extra batteries but like several Also extra headlamps, you know things like that Those are all things that you can get by if something happens to you for a few days, you know Even on a thru hike, on the AT and the PCT You’re not gonna be out in the wilderness for probably more than seven days at most I mean there might be a section that will be a little bit longer But most of the time you’re looking at three to seven days Some people take extra filters, you know in case theirs fails and again while it sounds like it makes sense If you’re cooking, you can always boil your water as a backup So you want to make sure that you only take the true things that are necessities and you know, hopefully they have some kind of multipurpose And if you’re really put your mind into it and think about it you can probably get by and improvise without a certain piece of gear for, you know a three to seven day stretch I think a lot of people have the idea that thru hiking is like survival situation and obviously you’re trying to survive But what I mean is it’s not like you’re going out to setup You know, a little bunker in the woods to survive the zombie apocalypse you know, it’s not like that at all You’re literally just carrying things that you need Like necessities for a three to seven day stretch between two towns. And that’s it. And when you get town if you realize you need something else you can always get it there It’s just important to really second guess yourself on every item like ‘Do I absolutely need this?’ and ‘if had to go three days without it, could I make it’ and if the answer is ‘yes’ then you probably don’t need it If you’re pack is extremely heavy, you’re gonna be uncomfortable especially while you’re breaking in your body and getting use to the idea of toting a heavy load for several days on end I really suggest if you’re new to backpacking checkout some of the people who have thru hikes gear lists, you know I got mine up on my website and just look through and if you have an item that’s not on their list. I mean of course every person is different I’m just saying, you know It’s a good benchmark at least to look at somebody else who has successfully done what you’re aiming to do in the backpacking world Yes, while you’re backpacking and especially while thru hiking you are going to be abusing your feet So you definitely don’t need to pour salt in the wounds by wearing the improper footwear. And what I mean by that is shoes that don’t fit properly or they don’t work well with your feet. And you’re like ‘Well how do I know if it’s gonna work properly, if it works well with my feet’ The best thing that you can do is, you know, try them out before you get out on a backpacking trip But still you’re not gonna have all the same conditions of course. In the normal world that you will have out on the trail. So you want to make sure that the shoe is big enough because your feet are going to swell And that you know, when you’re walking downhill you don’t want it, the shoe so tight, that your toes are hitting the front of your shoes unless you don’t like keeping your toe nails around The two tests that I recommend doing is, the thumb test So just making sure that when you put your thumb down in front of your big toe, that you have at least a thumbs space between the tip of your big toe and the front of your shoe Now also I recommend when you tie your shoe up tap your toe on the ground. And if your foot is hitting the front of your shoe, it’s probably going to do that while you’re descending mountains and You’re probably going to loose toe nails and not feel good while hiking Also for those of you who think that you absolutely need to have boots while thru hiking or section hiking You don’t I mean I can’t say that YOU don’t. but a lot of people don’t need big, sturdy, bulky, clunky boots to successfully backpack I thought that I needed ankle support when I started the AT. So I started with boots because I thought that’s what you do when you go hiking. You wear hiking boots Right. Uh, well, the boots ended up drumming on my Achilles even though they were properly sized They caused me tendinitis in the Achilles and it did not feel very good. So I ended up swapping to trail runners and I have never looked back They’re very lightweight. They dry out a lot faster But I’m not going to go into a whole video preaching why I prefer trail runners over boots You do have to find out what works for you But I’m just saying, unless you, you know, know that you need the ankle support , you might not But just figure out what works for you when it comes to shoes and insoles and all of that stuff before you get out on the trail. Because if you mess your feet up real bad, it could be a trip ender. And on this one, uh, I can say that I didn’t practice what I preached when I started the PCT. I just started with the same sized shoes that I finished with on the AT thinking ‘Oh yeah my feet are the same size’ Well, I didn’t do the toe test and I didn’t do the thumb width test and um, I ended up having to swap shoes while on the PCT and go up a size. And I did lose both of my big toe nails So take my advise and just make sure your shoes are big enough Alright! So you’re starting your thru hike and you hear that everybody who’s starts out goes fifteen to twenty miles their first day and you’re like, ‘I can’t let anyone think that I am weak so I am going to go fifteen to twenty miles if it kills me!’ Yeah, I made that mistake on the PCT I was determined, you know, everyone does more miles on the PCT. So I can’t do what I did starting out on the AT I have to do more! Well I did three 15-mile days, like 13 to 15-miles actually And I ended up having to take two zeros because I had t-rex knees. My knees were so swollen that it felt like if I extended my leg that just fluid was going to bust out the back of it. So I had to walk around on little bent knees And it did not feel good And I already knew not to make this mistake because I had read about it and I had , you know known from the AT that it takes a while for your body to to get acclimated to backpacking. So… You know you just have to take it slow. You have to listen to your body. When your body is tired. you stop When something hurts, you take a break You know. So luckily I was smart enough to not continue to push myself and ruining my PCT thru hike But, you know, I should’ve never been in the position where in the first week I had to take two zeros because I had overexerted my body So when you get out there and you start off, you got to hike your own hike and I normally hate that overused saying. But literally, you have got to listen to your body If that means losing the people that you’ve been around for a couple of days. You’ll probably catch up with them eventually Don’t worry about that. You’e out there for your experience And you don’t want that to be cut short because you got Overly ambitious on your mileage plan Everyone here is about ‘Oh hiker hunger’ ‘Oh I was so hungry I can eat like five hamburgers in town’ Yes, but that doesn’t happen right away That happens…well, I don’t know. It’s different for everybody But that happens later on. It’s not, you know You’re first week of backpacking or anything like that So for those of y’all who section and, you know You do weekend or week-long trips, you may not ever really experience the full-on hiker hunger. I mean I’m sure, you know, once you get back to town you’re pretty hungry and you know, food tastes amazing You do go through that. Im sure But as far as the true hiker hunger where you could You know, literally down like everything McDonald’s has in stock That takes awhile to kick in So when you’re planning your first stretch just know that you might not be as hungry as you think you will In fact, you might not be hungry at all and you might have to make yourself eat When I left out on my AT thru hike, you know, I had never been backpacking before. And I didn’t really have any idea what to expect. So I packed , you know, what I thought I would need if I was hungry for six days which I’m not exactly sure why I packed six days of food for less than 40-miles But that doesn’t matter. Uh, I just didn’t want to be out in the woods and hungry. Um, turns out I wasn’t really hungry at all when I first started and uh, I had a lot extra weight in food I’m just saying you might not need, you know as much as you think you would if you were, like starving while you were out there. They do recommend that you have about two pounds per day of food, uh honestly I’m not sure if that’s like when you’re first out there or after the hiker hunger hits But regardless you’ll learn real quick and you’ll probably make this mistake. But…um…you know It’s not the worst thing in the world. You can always barter with food on trail. So it’s not terrible to have a little bit too much of it. I can’t tell you exactly, you know, how much is right for you But, I’m just saying, keep in mind while you’re planning your first stretch of food that folks do generally pack to much So you decided you’re going on this trip and you’re sitting down there and you know exactly where you’re going to stay every night. Where you’re going to eat lunch and where you’re going to use the bathroom and how much food you’re going to eat. And you’ve already sent yourself resupply boxes. Whoa! Whoa!! Whoa! Whoa!! One of the greatest things about a backpacking trip is just allowing yourself the freedom to do what you want when you feel like doing it Sure, if you are going on a section hike and it’s only for a weekend and you know, you need to get from Point A to Point B over that weekend and, yeah, you might estimate a certain mileage per day in your mind. And for thru hiking you know, you need to get from Mexico to Canada. Or Georgia to Maine. Or whatever In a certain amount of time However, just allow yourself the freedom to do what you want. And to eat what you want. And enjoy yourself along the way I know people who have started their thru hike and they already have tickets for their flight home once they finish And so the whole time their, their gong on their trip They’ve got this date in their mind like ‘I must be on plane on this date’ And it’s like ‘Why do that to yourself’ you know Even if you know that you have to be done at a certain time And you know, you got a wedding or whatever You might end up finishing a week before that with some of the best friends will have for the rest of your life that you made while you were on trail and they just happen to be road-tripping the way you’re going to go and you could’ve had the best road-tripping experience with a week as a grande finale to a thru hike Instead you’re going to be sitting there waiting in town for a week, you know, at a campground or at a hotel for a flight that you planned six months ago when you don’t even know who that person is six months ago that planned that flight for you Because you will have changed so much and you know What you thought you wanted for the end of your journey might not be what you want anymore Backpacking is not a job. It does not have to be a wakeup at 7am or 5am or whatever And go to bed before, you know the sunsets or as its setting It…it can be whatever you want it to be. So you know, if you really do enjoy a set schedule, then then that’s fine. But I challenge you to try To just go with the flow I challenge you to say ‘yes’ and take side adventures And…and to let it be what it becomes Because when else in life are you allowed that freedoms So don’t rob it from yourself as soon as you get it When it comes to planning for food A lot of folks, you know want to send themselves packages the whole way and already have their food sitting there at a post office and the towns they decided their going stop in along the way. But robbing yourself the luxury of deciding what you want to eat Let me ask you, do you know what to eat for dinner three weeks and two nights from now? Probably not. I mean I don’t even know what I want to eat for dinner like three days from now yet. So, just don’t limit yourself I mean sure if you have some type of dietary restriction You know where you…you have to do that Then I understand. But otherwise, you know, you might not make it to town before the post office closes on Friday And now you’re stuck there til Monday So just allow yourself the experience of freedom during your backpacking trip. Because you have made it happen And you’ve earned it and you’ve taken the opportunity to experience it. So just enjoy it Those are probably the five most common mistakes made by beginning backpackers But there are certainly plenty that can be made And I think the important thing to remember is that the way that you learn is by getting out there and making mistakes. And I would much rather folks be getting out there and making mistakes and laughing at themselves than to be sitting on the couch, you know not experiencing nature at all If you made one of the five mistakes that I’ve mentioned today or any mistake during your beginning stages of backpacking please feel free to share that in the comments below. Because I think we can all learn from each other here And I want this channel to be a place where we can share knowledge and experience and things like that Remember if you like this channel and you want to support the work I do here The easiest way to do so at no additional cost to you is to go to DixieAZ.com before doing your Amazon shopping. It goes to my affiliate link doesn’t cost you anything extra and helps support what I do. And with that we will see y’all next time

100 thoughts on “5 Mistakes Beginner Backpackers Make

  1. I love boots (not just for hiking) & an odd trick I heard of to keep from chaffing & sores is to wear pantyhose! It's apparently an army tip.

  2. As someone who's new to the backpacking world, and even the overland scene(combining two of the best ways to travel? Crazy right?) Anyways as someone who's fairly new to the more adventurous side of the outdoors I guess I feel like everything is dependent on excatly what you're doing, and where you're going. Example:the trails I enjoy hiking the most are rough terrain trails off the beaten path in remote places. So if I'm picking a shoe, I prefer a more aggressive hiking boot to dig into the terrain and wont soak my feet when I have to cross a shallow stream. I like hiking places remote and just exploring and adventuring the wildneress. So with the backpacking part I only plan on being in the woods camping 3-4 days max. Which is also dependent on what to pack as well. And the rest of it kind of being vehcile based gives it a whole new spin. Regardless getting out and enjoying the outdoors is what it's all about. And I cant wait to get out and adventure more.

  3. Absolutely love your videos, they have helped me so much being a big guy I am happy to get as much advice as possible so I don’t run into any problems while hiking thank you!!!

  4. Our Sergeants made sure we only took what he said. Believe me if we could have taken more we would have in our winter survival training , lol, lol US Marines

  5. Keep dry feet, goretex lined boots and goretex ski gear is good. Army surplus is good cheap but in summer you can go very light. Plan it well. I trekked nepal 15 days with tent sleeping bag. Food is very heavy water, stove so if you can get away with 15kg you done great. ALONE YOU CARRY MORE. break in boots. Ankle support and goretex lining is great in mountains. I wore german ex army paratrooper boots, they are dry solid but heavy but I never had the money for meindl which are great german boots. Porridge, nuts, powdered milk is good. I lost a kg a day in weight treking annapurna base camp. You will burn so many kg trekking easy to burn 5000 calories a day walking 5 or 6 hrs a day.. but go for it , just stay dry, hydrated, healthy warm and take first aid basics. Dont take chances especially in mountains. Weather can change or accidents can happen easily.

  6. About to leave for a thru hike in the next hour and my bag is heavy! It's still 50% lighter than last year though.
    PROGRESS!

  7. 🔴 ALWAYS bring more than 1 Light Source + Lots of Batteries ( Lithium AA or AAA cells if you can Afford them , the're lighter than Alkaline cells ) In cold weather, Alkaline Batteries may not last as long as you think, made worse if your batteries are old without any Expiry date on them

    ❌ Dixie's suggestions of relying on just having 1 Lamp is just Foolhardy
    Imagine what happens if you suddenly find yourself unable to build & start a camp fire and That 1 lamp breaks down

    🔴 You Should NEVER buy Lamps that use AAA batteries , except for Head-Lamps

    ❌ AAA batteries Do Not Last, and you'll be wasting money on them

    Some Camping Lamps While Good ( like the Black Diamond Apollo ) have Plastic Battery Carriers that have to be removed to change the batteries ; Be careful with them, don't use Excessive force when installing or removing the batteries, or you may Break them
    That's the other reason for using Lithium AA Batteries, because you want to spend as Little time on the Trail , removing and installing batteries, as you may damage the Lamp

    Do Not buy Lamps that use Internal Lithium cells, that have to be recharged using a USB port.

  8. Me and 2 friends took the summer off work and hiked the pct a couple of years ago. While planning it out we figured we'd average 10-12 miles/day, we weren't in any hurry. We also figured it'd be nice to have a beer or 2 sometime during the trip so a couple of months before we were to set off we went to about 15 different stops along the way. We hiked in with beer, wine, hard sausage, cheese etc that would fit in a 5 gallon plastic bucket. When we got to a camping spot we liked, always near a stream cause warm beer sucks!, we loaded up the bucket and cached it. It was actually a great motivator, when we started getting a little burnt, we knew that in a day or 2 there was a reward waiting for us. When we hit the cache regardless of whether it was early in the day or late we always just stopped and set up camp and enjoyed our cache. Course several times other hikers came through and were amazed when we offered them a beer or wine, cheese and sausage or pepperoni. 😀

  9. mY MISTAKE WAS SPENDING WAY TO MUCH MONEY ON ITEMS THAT I EASILY COULD HAVE BOUGHT USED OR OFF BRAND – and making my own first aid kit rather than buying a pre packed one with filler i'll never use!

  10. Love your videos. The packing lists you have are also awesome. The links to the items on amazon etc are an extra touch of brilliance. Thank you.

  11. I I have never heard that term before T-Rex knees 🤔 But that’s true I feel like that after a long hikes also👍

  12. As a beginning backpacker I've checked your list but I noticed you didn't add water and food to your weight list? Because I'm counting about a possible 2,5kg weight for drinks and food. Do you just add that to your weight?

  13. My second backpacking trip was hiking the AT from Mt. Katahdin, ME to William's Town, MA. That was in the fall of '75, just out of high school, no college plans.. I made a few mistakes. The 120 miles from Katahdin to Monson was exhausting. My hiking partner took his gear home personally. After Monson, ME a through hiker, one of the Jettison brothers, helped me pare my 80 lb pack down to 30 lb. Fishing gear (lures, net, fillet knife, pole, reel)? Books? Change of clothes? Tent? Shoes to wear around camp? A nesting set of camping pots and tools? Shipped it home.I hiked another 7 or 8 weeks. I enjoyed time in the tiny towns along the way. I carried powdered milk and raisin bran for breakfast, PBJ in Gerry tubes & bread for lunch, and cans of Dinty Moore Beef stew for dinner. It's gross to think about wearing the same socks, pants, etc every day (often wet/frozen when I put them on each day) but it worked. Where was YouTube when I needed it? Your video is spot on.

  14. You mean I shouldn't bring that hot tent stove, or my folding shovel, or the electric bear fence, on my next thru-hike? Hmmm. Id really like to get a lighter tent too–my Kodiak canvas tent comes in at about 30 lbs.

  15. I like this video but some mistakes are unavoidable. In the UK doing the Pennine Way ( a mere 10% of the distance of AT at 270 miles) you simply do need to book your train home in advance unless you are very rich. I have no idea if this applies in the States or to flying but whilst it would be ideal to give oneself all the time in the world to complete a through hike for many of us, this is just not affordable – plus we have deadlines to make in having jobs to go back too… Giving oneself extra days than what one needs is a good idea though – better to arrive with a week to spare than have to give up halfway for not being able to make the mileage. I think I’ve made most of these mistakes but I wouldn’t advise hiking in trail running shoes – just how long is the tread going to last? More info needed on that. Hiking books should last the entire distance if you’ve invested in ones with proper soles (Verbram etc); as for food – ahhh! Good advise is possible.

  16. Great video! However, I would question Mistake Number 2… We travelled and trekked throughout South East Asia for 4 months wearing only flip flops! We did plenty of hiking through forests etc and never had any issues! Footwear is over-rated when backpacking! Certainly the type of backpacking we did around the world.

  17. brilliant video. very informative. very practical and realistic advice. Thanks for sharing . keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!

  18. When I thru-hiked the AT we didn't focus on daily mileage but we did pay attention to weekly mileage and our goal was to always gain 100 miles from any given day to the next week. We went north – south and when we got south of Damascus, we hit a pace that we really liked of doing 19 mile days followed by a 15 mile day. We left Katahdin on August 1, 1981 and reach Springer on January 1, 1982.

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  21. What do you think about spraying down your backpack with those water-repellent sprays instead of carrying a duck back??
    I mean, all my important stuff is already in water-proof containers, and I'm in the high-desert so it doesn't rain much anyway..

  22. I am a fan…but mistake number 1…comparing yourself or any person you know to Michael Jordan…naw babes…don't ever EVAH do that. Backpacking is different than professional basketball (even college) . Just don't do that…just no. Nevah and no…wow.

  23. Yeah, over-estimating my strength, I did that during bikepacking

    Turns out I can't do 75 miles on the bike with full gear and only breakfast.

  24. Absolutely! we all make at least one of these, my biggie was over packing food, but the good thing was I met other backpackers that I could share that food with and we all still keep in touch……Trail Magic is real 🙂

  25. Don't push through pain. You're going to cause yourself an injury that's going to limit you for years, maybe for the rest of your life.

  26. I am 72 an miss backpacking. Glad I did it when I could no permits just go when an where you wanted it was very free then.

  27. Excellent points in this video. Thank you for sharing.
    My footwear purchasing mistake is failing to consider the inevitable combination of swollen feet on a downhill course. Gads! On a similar note, I also wear compression gloves to mitigate the tendency to develop sausage fingers five miles into a hike.
    I'm just now learning not to push myself too hard at the outset. Aging knees, which never before gave me guff, help me learn this lesson.

  28. Permission to relax people. Thru Hiking is serious, not that serious. Don't overplan it, don't overdo it, and have fun. Be flexible in your journey, make mistakes, and laugh at your self.

  29. I learned this in the Army: "travel light, freeze at night" but……"if it weighs an ounce back on base, it will weigh a pound in the field"

  30. It takes time for a hiking boot to break in, in the beginning it will hurt. You need to use them for a while before hiking if they are knew. I believe that hiking boots are way more comfortable and supporting…in long hikes in rough terrains believe, it's way more comfortable to have hiking boots and your feet will thank you!!! Also they are also a safety issue, depending on the kind of terrain you are going thorough

  31. Cousin did the Compostella (Way of St. James), 500 miles in France and Spain, and said 15 miles MAX, and day 7 is a rest day the way God intended it. You don't need much in your pack for that trip, since you're not camping.

  32. Hiking boots are the absolutely worst thing in existence. I wear sandals or just go plain barefoot if the trail allows, meaning no thorns….

  33. I've watched a half dozen of your videos this week but I have not heard anything about bear spray. I'm going to be hiking in the Cohutta wilderness and Appalachian trail areas, and I'm a complete noob. Do I need bear spray to hike in North Georgia?

  34. As of now – July 14th, 2019 // Sunday @ 11:21 EDT – this video has 13K Likes, but ALSO has 888 Dislikes.

    WHY SO MANY DISLIKES???????

  35. Thoughts on exercising before a long trip? Do you think there is value, in exercising with your pack on for a few weeks, or months before? Thanks so much for all the info, love your vids ♡

  36. No 1 mistakes for ultralight-hiker: put safety into zero level for the sake of base weight like getting rid off first aid kit,knife/multitool,lighter,headlamp to small laser pointer(lol).also leaving trash and sh*ts like not bringing their own trowel (its dull to say we can do it with our trekpole)and trash bag.

  37. Hiker hunger. Interesting concept. I've never hiked longer than a couple days, so I guess I've never had that. I was, like many hikers, it seems, a cross-country runner in college, and man, could I put food away then. I imagine it must be similar to that.

  38. Question from a non-hiker. What about carrying money? Should one carry pre-loaded cash cards so we can buy food or necessities when we get to towns?

  39. I spent a year backpacking across Canada and Europe. Big mistake. I did not realise how hot Canadian summers can be so had to buy two lightweight tee shirts in my first week of travel! Other than that I pretty much got it right and my backpacking, travelling light experience and philosophy has served me well in subsequent years. I have made it around much of Europe, down the east coast of South America, Canada coast to coast, to several destinations in Asia and a good number of Pacific Islands, as well as across and up and down most of Australia. I still cannot believe how much stuff people weigh themselves down with when travelling. It is easy to rinse clothes out overnight if you choose wisely. There are shops in most places. It is fun not being too carefully planned, though it can lead to the odd disappointment as well, if you have not secured your next night's accomodation sometimes. More often it works out. Enjoy the freedom and travel light! Also choose footwear carefully. I now only do a pair of hike sandals and hiking boots and make those as light as practical! For hikes I'd get it down to as little weight as possible and store other gear somewhere safe to pick up after. Some fab trails to hike in New Zealand and Australia. You are all so lucky with the truly lightweight gear available now. Back in the 1980s gortex had just come onto the market. A trangia stove was as light as it got and hike tents required two people to carry them ideally. Packs were even much heavier. I now backpack at a max of 15 kilos and would probably limit hiking gear to 7-10 kilos to really enjoy, rather than endure my time ! I would not consider carrying more than a large day pack and limit trail gear to it. That would include my sleeping bag and mat. Wear one hiking outfit, try and clean up at the end of the day, wash and hang to dry what you have been wearing, and put second set on to eat dinner, sleep and wear the next day. Previous day's clothes should have dried the night before. Include layers for warmth. A fleecy and a waterproof poncho, you can also use as a groundsheet or pack cover. I would not hike in below zero temperatures these days, just too much gear to stay safe in case cold sets in. And yes, a tarp for shelter if in the wilderness. I no longer hike alpine trails, but prefer the tropics and sub tropics, where you can camp mostly under the stars!

  40. SRV popped out of the womb playing the guitar like a virtuoso Boss. The rest are painfully backpacking their way to mediocrity.

  41. “Michael Jordan didn’t pop out of the womb and take his first steps while perfectly dribbling a basketball.”

    Well that’s just not true.

  42. I have hiker hunger even when I'm not hiking… I would take to much food… I am currently shopping for hiking boots… I have an Under Armour backpack… Just ordered a hammock…

  43. Yes, that mostly sounds like good advice to me. The one part that I would comment on is the subject of footwear. I am sure that wearing something other than boots works well for the speaker in this video as she is light and female. For someone like myself, I am a staunch advocate of clodhopper boots. I want ankle support and lower leg protection when I am off-trail and going up or down rough trails. I weigh 14 to 15 stone naked as a jaybird and much more under a pack loaded for a week or more.

    Another safety feature of boots is that they are a protection against snake bite. During a cold, early morning in the Missouri Breaks of Montana whilst on a solo canoe voyage back in the spring of '82, I was walking up a sagebrush swale. Whilst not paying enough attention to where I was going. I felt something impact the top part of my right boot and my pantleg. I looked down and saw a huge timbre rattler or western diamondback (I know not the difference). at my feet.. I must of jumped back well over a yard in a single bound. Then, as I further retreated, I saw the viper re-coil for a second strike and shake its tail at me. Had I not been properly armoured with that combat boot, I may not be here today to write the account. Before '82 my favourite hiking boots have always been the same boots that I was wearing everyday in my normal work and activities. After I joined the part-time military in '81 and graduated from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia in "82, I just wore combat boots on hikes and on hunts.

  44. Brilliant you have inspired me. I am going to check out this new audiobook about the coast to coast
    Retirement Blues Goodbye – here it is
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  45. A big mistake is wearing shorts. Shorts are useless if you need to get through nettles, stingers and also if the insects are biting a lot. Even a simple fall or slip can get you cuts and scraps if you aren't wearing protective long trousers. Sunburn too. Never understood why any hikers wear shorts to be honest.

  46. I’ll be going on my first backpacking trip (just an overnighter) in 4 yrs and am super excited to get back out there! I was never an expert so I’ll be starting as a beginner again 🙂 thanks for the info 🙏

  47. I pack if i were going on a 30 day hike and pack everything so i can condition myself to carry heavy packs on long hikes even if I'm only out for 4 hour hike 🙂

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