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Backpacking is without question for the “hard core” of outdoor enthusiasts. If you really want to get into the interior of the wilderness this is the way to do it. You must be prepared to carry everything that you could possibly need on your back. This is no small feat, and it took me years to finally figure out the essentials.

There will be two important factors when deciding what to carry, weight and load handling. The bottom line is that you’ll enjoy your trip much more if you don’t carry too much stuff. I’m what is called an “ounce counter”. In a nutshell, if I don’t NEED it, I don’t take it.

Before heading out make sure to read over the Planning Your Adventure portion on this website before heading out. It may save you some unwanted headaches when you get to your destination. If you’re planning to backpack on public lands be advised that there are tons of rules and regulations to sort through. In most cases you’ll have to get a permit of some kind, meet check-in and check-out requirements, leave an itinerary with the agency, etc.

Below is a listing of the equipment that I take when backpacking. For much more detailed information on equipment specifications, take a moment and visit the Gearing Up portion of this website.

  1. Backpacks
  2. Shelter
  3. Sleeping Bags & Pad
  4. Stove with fuel
  5. Water Purification Systems
  6. Cooking Equipment
  7. Toiletries
  8. Trash bags & Ziploc bags
  9. First-Aid Kit
  10. Repair Kit
  11. Water containers
  12. Hiking stick or trekking poles
  13. Appropriate clothing
  14. Luxury Items
  15. Headlamp
Last modified on: February 29th 2012.
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