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Tips For Planning A Great Backpacking Trip

Backpacking is a great way to see the sights, enjoy nature, and get some exercise. Backpacking trips can be a couple hours or a couple days depending on what you want to do and how much you like to hike. If you are an inexperienced backpacker it may be in your best interest to take an experienced friend with you. But if you are experienced this is the perfect opportunity to take a newbie!  Here are a few tips that can help make your backpacking trip fun and safe.

First decide on your destination. Depending on the time of year some locations may not be well suited for your trip. Stay clear of extreme heat and cold, unless you are a highly experienced backpacker. Next make sure you have experience in reading a map and have one that clearly covers the area you are looking to travel through. This is where doing a bit of research can really save you time, effort and maybe even your life. Having knowledge of the area and the know how can help keep you out of trouble. Don’t forget a compass! Get comfortable using your compass in relation with your map; knowing how to navigate will keep you on the right path Read the rest of this entry »


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Hiking the Grand Canyon

“Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than 1.2 million acres, the vast majority of which are inaccessible due to the predominance of cliffs and inhospitable to all but plants and animals able to survive in the desert. The Colorado River bisects the canyon; hikers can cross the river only at Phantom Ranch. If you choose to hike from rim to river to rim, you will have to deal with an elevation differential of more than 10,000 feet from start to finish.” Source:

We found this great video on YouTube.  The video provides the details you need to plan a successful hiking trip in the Grand Canyon- including  information about specific hiking trails as well as general hiking tips.


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