Wilderness backpacking opens new worlds to us. While dayhiking can bring you to many beautiful places, walking for days through the backcountry, carrying all you need on your back, inspires a liberating sense of self-sufficiency as you escape the crowds to explore places most people never see. This e-guide lays out in 12 detailed steps all you need to know to plan a wilderness backpacking trip that’s safe and enjoyable. Three decades and thousands of miles of backpacking all over the United States have convinced me that most of the success of any backpacking trip depends on how you plan and prepare for it. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned backpacker, you’ll learn new tricks for planning a backpacking trip of any length from this e-guide.
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