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Backpacker Magazine – June 2011

Summer Camping Secrets: On The Trail

Once you've left camp, these tips and techniques will make your on-trail miles more enjoyable.

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

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>> Moose In summer, scope for these behemoths (they can tower six feet tall and weigh more than 1,200 pounds) at dawn and dusk in marshes, willow ponds, and rivers. Approach them from downwind, but stay at least 50 yards away—moose will charge humans who seem to pose a threat. Hot spot Grand Teton National Park, on the String Lake Trail
>> Bald eagles You can see them throughout North America in any season, but in May and June, parents hang out near the aerie, caring for eaglets. Spot the five-foot-wide stick nests atop trees and cliffs near rivers and lakes. Hot spot Canoe or kayak any of the lakes in Voyageurs National Park (p. 98).
>> Bighorn sheep Find them on steep, rocky slopes in the mountains and high deserts of the Rockies and Southwest. Scan for white rumps standing out from the rocks. You’ll find ewes with lambs April through June. In fall, listen for rams butting heads during the rut. Hot spot Glacier National Park, on the Highline Trail

LIFT A HEAVY PACK

Grab a shoulder strap with one hand and the pack’s grab loop (the webbing loop located just below the top lid) with the other, then heave the pack up onto one bent knee. Next, slide an arm through one shoulder strap. Swing the pack across your back as you straighten up—lifting with your legs—and thread your other arm through. Option #2 Prop up the pack on a log or boulder and slither in. 

STAY DRY

Reach for the raingear (duh), but wear it right: Open the pit zips and pockets to prevent overheating, which will make you sweat and feel clammy. Keep your jacket’s hood out of your eyes by pulling it over a billed cap, and wear gaiters under your rain paints to prevent drips into your boot cuff.

CURE ACHY KNEES
First line of defense: Put your pack on a diet. “Every pound on your back puts seven pounds of pressure on your knee joints when ascending,” says Ryan Hutchins, a Wyoming-based NOLS instructor. Also, use poles, which reduce impact on your knees (especially on the downhill). Too late? Pop an ibuprofen, take smaller steps, and when you hit camp, fill a bladder with cold water and “ice” them.

SAFELY APPLY DEET TO YOUR FACE
To cut exposure to your mouth and eyes, spritz a cotton bandanna (deet melts synthetics), and tie it around your neck.

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Anonymous
Jul 04, 2012

AZ Hiker
Jul 04, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn essential day-hiking skills, items to pack, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your hike more safe and enjoyable!

AZ Hiker
Jul 04, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn essential day-hiking skills, items to pack, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your hike more safe and enjoyable!

AZ Hiker
Jul 04, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn essential day-hiking skills, items to pack, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your hike more safe and enjoyable!

AZ Hiker
Jul 04, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn essential day-hiking skills, items to pack, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your hike more safe and enjoyable!

AZ Hiker
Jul 04, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn essential day-hiking skills, items to pack, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your hike more safe and enjoyable!

AZ Hiker
Jul 04, 2012

And don't forget to read Felix! the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon). Learn essential day-hiking skills, items to pack, and how to navigate your way with and without a map or compass, and how to get rescued. A fast, easy read that could save your life and will definitely make your hike more safe and enjoyable!

Nick "Fred" Behr
Jul 12, 2011

Hoist a heavy pack - Maybe not as good as the recommended way but I always enjoy watching people try to use the tripod (or quadpod) method. Get all the way down on the ground with your pack, slide arms thru shoulder straps, rollover to front of body. With aid of one (or two) arms plus your legs lift yourself and pack towards the sky trying to keep your pack from rushing over the top of your head.

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