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Backpacker Magazine – May 2004
Our 5-step guide to planning, gear, food, fitness, and essential skills
Be stunned by the beautiful vista, not an uncrossable river. An hour of guidebook research and a phone call to the rangers can make all your surprises happy ones.
>>> Choose a destination within driving distance, so you can reschedule if bad weather threatens.
>>> Stick to well-marked routes with easy terrain, established campsites, and plentiful water.
>>> Plan on hiking no more than 5 to 7 miles a day.
>>> Learn when the bugs are biting, if you need permits, what weather to expect, and where you can find a post-trip beer.
>>> Let someone at home know your plans, and stick to your route so you'll be easy to find if necessary.
[Resource] The Basic Essentials of Backpacking, by Harry Roberts ($8)
Thanks to today's lightweight equipment, a backpack loaded with all your weekend supplies should weigh less than 35 pounds.