Black Backpack – For Hiking; Is It A No Or A Go?

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Black Backpacks Show Less Dirt Making Them Great For Hiking

A black backpack is a sharp looking pack, there’s no doubt.  Some hikers gravitate towards bright colors and often, personalities come into play when deciding what color hiking backpack to choose.  Can you go wrong with color choice?  Are you wondering if there are benefits or deterrents to certain colors?  Let’s clear up the confusion with some facts about colors in the wild.

How And Where Will You Be Using Your Hiking Backpack?

There are some differences regarding use of a hiking style backpack. Where will you be using it?  Some folks carry the same pack to work, on a hike and for travel.  Where and how you are using your backpack will help dictate the color choice in a few scenarios. Does your personality come into play?  Do you think of black as old and boring? Black can be classic, stately and strong, which may be your image. Then I say, go for it!

Hiking With A Black Backpack

There Are Pro’s And Con’s To Choosing A Black Hike Pack

Black backpack users that hike have found that the surface of the hiking bag gets hotter but that it doesn’t transmit too deeply into the contents during average temperatures of 60-85 degrees.  Above 85 degrees, unless you have perishable items inside your bag or chocolate candy, black is not advisable.  It’s much easier to change your cargo when weather conditions are super hot in summer, like leave the chocolate and perishables home.  When hiking, you may like the black color because it dries out faster when wet from rain or morning dew once you’re in the sun.

During hot weather hikes, some hikers “insulate” easy melt items by wrapping them in plastic and covering them with clothing. This is a tip for using a backpack in black in color when you are carrying items that need to be a few degrees cooler.  An added benefit is that it doesn’t show the dirt as readily as a light tan or green.  Some hikers just don’t like to “stand out” with bold colors when they use the same hiking bag for other purposes.

Hiker’s Who Enjoy Black Hiking Bags Deal With The “Con’s”

A negative, which needs to be mentioned, is that black may attract flies and mosquitoes.  Many backpack hikers don’t let this fact dictate the non-use of black hiking bags because they use repellent anyway.  There’s another option if you love a black hiking pack and you’ll be hiking in black fly or heavily populated mosquito areas.  Get yourself a removable rainproof pack cover, such as tan or khaki, because those colors repel these insects better. A waterproof cover is a useful thing anyway, so you wouldn’t be wasting money on it.

Another drawback you may think about, is that using a black hiking bag, when the interior is also black, you may have difficulty getting to your essentials.  It could seem like it disappears into a dark hole if the item is also dark in color.  However, this is easily fixed with an inner bag liner of a bright color, so it isn’t really a drawback at all if you like a black backpack.

Bears Are Attracted To Yellow

Interestingly, in the wilderness, grizzly bears can differentiate between colors.  Bears tend to be more attracted to yellows and blues, compared to tan or camo colors.  The last thing you want is to draw bears to your campsite for reasons other than you left food out. You may also want to re-think your tent color because of this fact.

Hiking Backpacks Used For Traveling

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Travelers Prefer Black Backpacks

A black backpack is the perfect choice for travelling, especially when you don’t want to draw attention to yourself using a flashy colored backpack. An innocuous gray or black is preferred.

Travelers like the fact that they blend into crowds better with a black hiking bag. You’ll love that it doesn’t show soiling like a yellow or blue backpack would. If you are concerned that air travel baggage carousels would make finding your backpack a nightmare among all the black luggage and bags, get a few elastic bands or ribbons in bright colors and attach to the zipper.  Once you arrive and get your backpack safely, you can remove them until you fly again.

A word of caution worth mentioning is whenever you are standing in line or on a train or subway, take your backpack off and turn it to your front.  Hold the strap like a sling bag when standing in lines for food, entry or crowds.  Precision thieves can cut into your backpack, and steal your wallet or credit card within seconds while you don’t even feel anything happening behind you.

Explore The Earth With Neutral Colors

A Black Backpack Is Popular For Hiking

It is important to choose hiking, backpacking, and camping gear and clothing that are natural earth tone colors like green, brown, tan, or black.   The purpose of this article is not to dictate what color backpack is the very best. That still remains your choice, of course.  At Nature Trail Backpacks we like to advise and inform so that your hiking, camping and travel experiences are the best they can be.

We sell backpacks in all colors, so why not check us out and pick the bag best suited for you. Feel free to comment below, all tips and hacks are appreciated by our hiker audience of all levels.  Happy hiking and traveling!

Lightweight Backpack – School Is Out Soon; Oh No – Bored Kids!

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Backpack Hikes Keep Kids Excited

Lightweight backpack hikes can help having to endlessly entertain your kids especially during school vacations.  It can be exhausting for you to suggest activities that kids reject from stubbornness, right?   When you teach a child about Nature, you’re opening a door to explore that will forever widen. Speaking of exploring, let’s dig into why hiking will motivate benefit the kids physically and mentally, and how to get started enjoying hikes as a family.

Cultivate Their Need To Investigate During A Hike

From the time babies and toddlers can first see and touch, they are mesmerized by everything around them.  Help this sense of wonder continue to keep summer kids engaged in the wonder of the outdoors .    Part of preserving wilderness for future generations is teaching our youth to appreciate and enjoy nature. 

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Kids Love To Examine Birds, Bugs And Everything Nature

Since birth, you teach your kids on a daily basis and you witness them experiencing many “firsts.”  They take those first steps and may even get into trouble now and then, but the learning shapes their future. You get excited watching them discover life and they’re eager to witness nature’s amazement’s.  Once a child goes to school, we tend to relax a bit and let the teachers do the teaching.  Ask any kid and they will admit that school becomes boring at times.  I’ll bet your kids become bored with the same tablet games and toys after time.  Why not seize the moment to play “school” with your youngsters…in the form of an “adventure” outdoors instead of a classroom.

What If I’ve Never Been Backpack Hiking?

Lightweight backpack hiking may sound very intimidating because you may never have done it.  There are many forms of hiking, from a 2 hour day hike to a 2 week backcountry thru-hike, over miles of wilderness.  When it comes to introducing children to hiking initially, you will save yourself undue frustration if you start with a brief trail hike and combine it with a packed lunch or picnic supper.  If you, as a parent have experienced hiking, it will be easier to introduce your child to the sport.

If not, there is nothing wrong with learning together. The best rule of thumb is to gently guide, don’t push. You’ve probably noticed that when you are excited over something, it gets the kids fired up.  Even if you have a resistant-to-suggestion child, many times that’s an act you’ve witnessed before. Once you set out on the trail and begin your journey, the adventure mode will kick in because excitement is contagious.

Hiking Treks Need Not Be Complicated

Check Out This Helpful Video

Let’s say you are a first time experimental hiker.  Are you concerned about where to go and how far? What if you meet resistance, which may come in the form of fear?  Adults may feel a bit out of shape from a desk job. Kids may get freaked out over flying insects. . Have no fear folks because planning is simple.  Start by checking your city and state online to find local hiking trails.  There are usually reviews from other families that will help you decide where to go each time and they are helpful. The whole family will benefit from some walking, which is really all day hiking is. Bugs are everywhere outside, so a repellent can solve that issue, either natural or store bought.  Many kids are fascinated by bugs because they rarely see them up close, so it becomes suddenly awesome to view them.

A Lightweight Backpack For A Day Hikehttps://naturetrailbackpacks.com/collections/day-backpacks-daypack/products/sling-backpack-concealed-carry-backpack

A lightweight backpack is perfect for a day hike.  It will be comfortable carrying your basic necessities, because it won’t feel burdensome.  Choose light hiking bags for kids and make sure they are not carrying too much weight.  Give them items such as binoculars or a light jacket, a snack and a water bottle.  Parents can go a bit heavier and carry extra dry clothing, first aid items, a picnic blanket plus their own water and the family food for the day.

What Do We Wear On A Day Hike?

Dress in layers so everyone is warm when they need to be and can remove clothing when they get sweaty. Earlier in the day you may be cold and end up hot later on, so layer pants on top of shorts. It’s easier to remove clothing layers than to stop and add clothing.

Good preparation includes supportive shoes, hiking boots, or sneakers if on a paved or sand trail. Socks are important also, in spite of summer when you’d rather head out in flip-flops, but don’t do it!  If your feet aren’t comfortable, you won’t be.  Wear a hat and sunglasses in the sun and be sure to use sunscreen.  It’s always a good idea to bring extra socks in your hiking bag because kids will find dirt, mud and water in a heartbeat.

Hiking Treks Should Start Flat And Slow

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Easy Does It On Initial Day Hikes

Beginner hikers may prefer straight path hikes rather than those involving uphill climbs.  Adults and kids should stretch before hiking to teach about bodies and what you’re expecting them to do on a hike. Make it a priority to take plenty of water for all hikers.  Take several breaks and encourage hydration and snacks for energy, although kids seem to have boundless stamina.  Try not to let them get too tired, too thirsty, too hungry or too bored.

Explore Everything On Your Hiking Excursion

A successful hiking trip isn’t just about walking from point A to point B.  It consists of wonder, joy and excitement over discoveries. Encourage the kids to turn some small rocks over and observe what they see.  Bring a magnifying glass in your hike pack.  Point out the sounds of birds and wild animals.  If you’re familiar with them, teach the kids the names. If you aren’t, record their sounds on your phone and see if you can identify them via the internet when you get back home. Whenever possible, choose a trail with a creek, pond or waterfall.  There is so much to discover there.  Wear your water shoes and beware of rocks that can be slippery from moss.

Backpack Hiking Brings Kids In Touch With Nature

Make the hike a fun time.  Put a Ziploc bag in your child’s backpack. Give the kids a list of things to find before lunch, such as something smooth, a wildflower, a pine needle or something squishy.  Give them plenty of time to lift up rocks or examine weird things. You can make up the list with virtually anything found outdoors. Positive reinforcement for a great hunt will keep the kids motivated and curious about what other family members added to their bags.

Exercise An Ounce of Prevention On Hiking Trails

For your first few initial hikes, don’t wander off the trail. Know beforehand and let the kids know what poison ivy looks like and monitor where the children walk. You’ll want to avoid tall grass and thoroughly check yourself and other family members for signs of ticks on pant legs and shirts. Prevention is key, so don’t be scared off from hiking, just be aware and alert to things in nature that should be avoided.

Keep Teaching Kids Throughout Your Hike

A lightweight backpack trip is a good way to emphasize no littering and the importance that being in the hiking world requires responsibility.  After we enjoy nature, we leave it as beautiful as we found it with no trace of having been there.  Pack a gallon sized plastic bag and encourage kids to put all candy and food wrappers inside, even a tissue after a sneeze. Don’t leave bread crusts for wild animals or empty juice or water containers.  They are learning from you to willingly respect the planet.

Be Prepared For Kids Having Kid Moods

Kids Play- Kids Get Hurt; It Happens

You’ll see that short initial hikes will expand in time and distance as you feel more comfortable after experiencing early hikes.  Kids can be unpredictable and moody, so be prepared for random situations like a bruised knee from a fall.  Carry bandaids, gauze pads and antibacterial cream in your adult pack.  Kids frequently have minor injuries whenever they play, so this is no different. Carry some Tic-Tacs as an “energy boost” to end the drama and hike on. My kids always responded to that trick.  You’ll work through any typical kid issues to a point where an all day hike or even an overnight camping hike will be incredibly fun

Enjoy Your Hikes With The Kids

A lightweight backpack hike adventure with kids is family time, making memories and learning what works best for your family.   You can choose the duration, fun activities and treats along the way.  After a few hikes out, it’ll take less time to get ready and more willingness from the kids to actually look forward to each new exploration.  The folks at Nature Trail Backpacks would love to hear your comments below on tips for successful kid hikes and what works best for your family.  Help new hikers with ideas you have.  All hikers thank you.  Happy hiking!

Backpacking Pack – I’m Giving Up Hiking For Good!

Your backpacking pack is all set to go and you are really psyched about your hike.  Don’t cave in to the scare of ticks and Lyme Disease.  Instead, protect yourself with against Lyme disease from a tick bite before you head out.  Current hysteria about ticks; yes you should take it seriously, but don’t stop enjoying a great outdoor hike.  You don’t have to cover your body in toxic Deet.  Instead, adapt the theory that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Here’s how you can keep doing what you love while preventing disease!

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Backpack Hiking Is As Safe As You Make it!

While most tick bites can be successfully treated with antibiotics, if you prevent them altogether, this is still the best way to go. The very prospect of getting bitten by a tick can turn the simple pleasure of hiking and camping into a gamble with your health.  It’s unrealistic to think you’ll never encounter ticks in the wild, which makes a precautionary tactic the best ammunition.

If you understand as much as you can about ticks, you will automatically make prevention something you do prior to every hike.  You should know where they like to hang out.   How do they find their way onto your body?   It’s also important to know how to properly remove them and care for yourself if you do get bitten.

Hikers;  You Can Avoid Contact With Ticks This Way

Typical Deer Tick (Magnified)

Avoid These Areas While Backpack Hiking

Choose your hiking location carefully because certain areas are more prevalent than others for ticks. If you do some basic research of seasonal information regarding ticks for your area, you may choose a different location. Some people no longer enjoy hiking or camping because of the threat of ticks and tick-borne diseases. Why would you just stop enjoying the outdoors?  You simply have to be prepared with knowledge and alter the way you explore the outdoors to minimize your risk.  It’s a small price to pay for not having to give up what you love in the wild.

Early in hiking season, when cold days are still prevalent, if it’s uncharacteristically warm for a few days, that’s an extra dangerous time. Ticks will come out of dormancy and be hungrier than usual on a day like that. Avoid hiking in heavily grassy or wooded areas on warm days that follow colder days for this reason.  During the spring and early summer, ticks are at their most dangerous growth stage. They’re tiny, like a poppy seed, making them hard to see, and if they’re carrying a disease, they’re already potent.

The greatest exposure to them is from May to July in states with lower elevations (1600 feet or lower) such as New England and the Northeast states. You may prefer using a hiking trail that is paved or gravel bottomed to limit tick exposure. These trails are more popular for hikers who enjoy day hikes or don’t want to go backcountry thru-hiking.  There are still many ways to enjoy backpacking without giving up our joy for being outdoors.

Backpacking Pack – Here’s The Facts, Not The Fiction

The deer tick or blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the one that transmits Lyme disease as well as other nasty illnesses such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Powassan virus disease.  These ticks thrive in fields and woodlands where there is an abundance of deer and mice, which are their favorite hosts. So, where do they hang out mostly? Since they’re not a flying insect, they can be found on grass blades and bushes 18-24” off the ground. 

When you brush past them, they will attach to clothing or skin not covered.  This is why you should walk in the middle of the trail if you are hiking in a highly tick-ridden area. Avoid tall grassy meadows and leave the bushwacking for fall or winter, when ticks are more dormant.  If you are hiking in a higher elevation, usually more than 1700 ft., you find fewer ticks, if any.

Backpack Hikers – Ticks Are Everywhere; Be Protected

They also live in lawns and gardens, especially at the edges of woods and around old stone walls.  They are attracted to grassy areas where the creatures they feed on live and roam.  So, in areas that have deer, rabbits, birds, lizards, squirrels, mice, and other rodents, ticks will be close by for easy meals.  Sounds like they are everywhere and would be impossible to avoid, right?  Once again, prevention is the way to go, unless you want to be totally house bound.

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Higher Elevations Have Less Or No Ticks

During Your Hike – Best Precautions Against Ticks

Backpacking pack hikers, don’t sit on the ground without a pad.  Ticks also crawl on the ground, so avoid sitting directly on it.  Also, avoid sitting on logs or directly in the grass. Choose a bench or large rock instead. If you pack a blanket, then enjoy that meadow, just check your clothes when you pack up and move on.

Always Sit On A Hiking Pad Instead Of Directly On The Ground

Hikers may prefer to sit on a pad that’s been treated with permethrin. Ticks like to crawl into dark, moist areas, so when you do tick checks, pay attention to your armpits and groin.

Backpackers:  Make Your Own Homemade Tick Repellant 

Backpacking pack hiking trips can be much safer with this simple recipe you can easily make yourself.  And no, you don’t have to know how to cook. Just mix 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water.  Tea tree oil is easily found in stores or on Amazon.  For example, mix ¼ cup tea tree oil to ½ cup water and put in a spray bottle. It’s natural, non-toxic and safe for skin and the environment.

How Do Ticks Get On You While Outdoor Hiking?

Ticks can easily brush onto your clothing as you hike through grass. They tend to start low and climb until they find your bare skin. If you spot them early, just pick them off your clothes instead of pulling them out of your skin. Wearing light clothing makes them much easier to spot. Do periodic checks of your clothing, shoes and hat throughout your hike.  They take their time scouting out the best part of skin, which gives you time to remove them before they bite you. When you pick off live ones, step on and crush the little buggers!

Some Hikers Prefer Permethrin Insecticide   

You may prefer to use a Permethrin product which kills insects on contact, since it’s been found to reduce the chance of tick bites. Whether you make your own natural spray or Permethrin, be sure to spray all of your clothing outdoors when there is little-to-no wind. Let them dry for several hours before wearing. Spray your hat, boots, backpacks, tent, and clothes. Dogs need protection too, so spray your dog’s bandannas, collar, and backpack. Tuck your sprayed pant legs into your sprayed socks. Don’t give ticks exposure to skin, even in warm weather.

Hiking Trekkers;  Do This If You Spot A Tick on Yourself Or Fellow Hiker

First of all, don’t panic.  Ticks don’t usually land on you and immediately bite. When a tick bites a human or animal, it firmly latches on to the skin to feed.  It may stay there for days sucking blood if it isn’t interrupted. The longer a tick is attached to your skin, the greater the risk of disease transmission.  So, if you spot one on your skin, in spite of careful preparation, you’ll need to remove it as soon as possible.

Backpackers; Get Out Your Surgical Instrument (Haha)

Start by wiping the area with an antiseptic solution. You should always carry a pair of tweezers in your hiking bag.  Place each side of the tweezers on each side of the tick’s head, then firm;y but gently pull the tick straight out. Be careful not to squash the tick or pull it sideways, because this can leave part of the tick left in your skin. Once you see that all parts of the tick body are removed, clean the area again with your antiseptic solution.

Trekkers, There’s An Easier Way I Like

Another easier tip, which I use, is to carry a small 3 oz. plastic bottle of Dawn dishwashing liquid and some cotton balls in your backpack. They aren’t heavy and sure can be handy. Saturate the cotton ball in Dawn and apply it to the tick.  Give it a few seconds and the tick will withdrawal and adhere to the cotton ball for easy extraction and disposal.

Hikers Should Be Aware Of These Symptoms From An Unknown Bite

Backpacking pack trekkers remember, Lyme Disease is nothing to ignore.  The sooner it is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.  It’s important that if you notice a rash or develop an itchy feeling near a tick bite, seek medical attention immediately. It’s possible the bite is infected or you may have contracted a tick-borne disease. Be aware of these early symptoms:

  1. Rash with Bulls eye appearance of a red circle
  2. Fever or chills
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Reduced energy or fatigue
  5. Muscle and joint aches (can be shifting, intermittent, and recurring)
  6. Generalized stiffness, discomfort, or pain; headache

Often, a two to three week treatment of an antibiotic will quickly clear up Lyme disease. But, when ignored or misdiagnosed for prolonged periods, your body will produce more severe symptoms. These could include short-term memory issues, facial palsy, arthritis, heart palpitations, and inflammation of the brain. At this stage, the illness can be difficult and expensive to treat.  Protect yourself always.

Maybe It’s Safer To Forego Hiking Completely?

Never Give Up What You Love

The answer to that question is a resounding NO!  Ticks are just another nuisance that you find in the wild, probably even in many backyards.  Concentrating on prevention, and learning how and where to avoid them, you’ll be able to keep enjoying your hikes. You can still enjoy and be safe in the great outdoors. There will always be insects and creatures in the wild that you need to respect and prepare for exposure to them.  If you let bears, snakes, wolves and ticks fill you with fear, you’ll be sitting home all the time.  You have the facts, so simply apply them and keep happy hiking safely. Come see us at Nature Trail Backpacks and feel free to comment to help other hikers.

Backpacking Backpack – 8 Ways To Make Your Trek Safer

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Backpacking Is A Phenomenal Way To Enjoy Nature

Backpacking backpack hikers, your love of the outdoors inspires you to get out there and be part of it.  In addition to the sheer enjoyment of your hike, there’s a challenge in knowing you can complete the adventure with minimal to no obstacles, right?   Experienced hikers know that is not always the case, but beginners can help protect themselves on and off the trail, insuring a safe return, by preparation use of these eight safety tips.

1. Leave A Trace – Just Not On The Hiking Trail

Example of How You Let Someone Know Where And When You’ll Be Hiking

Your backpacking backpack trip should begin before you ever set foot on the trail.  Think about it, when you go on vacation and fly to your destination, don’t you leave information with someone? Such as, your flight numbers, itinerary and return date.  Going off into the wilderness is completely different, but is also the same in some respects. 

Tell Someone About Your Hiking Plan

Include the following information:

a. Name of the trailhead where your car will be parked and your license plate number

b. Length of time you’ll be gone and expected return date and approximate time

c. Daily medications (if any) you’ll be taking in your backpack

2. Hikers – Don’t Trek With Your Headphones On

Ear Buds And Headphones – Not During Hikes

Backpacking backpack hikers have different views on this subject.  Many just consider the sounds of nature to be their music, but others enjoy their favorite tunes to motivate them.  The reality is, if you have ear buds in or headphones on your ears, you will not hear another human or animal approach you from the back. It used to be that we all feared wild animals on our wilderness hikes, but current news situations have exposed the real threat from other humans as something we should all be alert to while hiking, especially off trail and when you are solo hiking. Even in the safety of your own camping tent when you’re tucked in for the night, don’t plug your ears. If your hearing is blocked by music, you won’t be alert to night noises that could mean danger. A predator is still a predator whether animal or human.

3. Register Your Information With Trailhead Staff Or A Forest Ranger

Hopefully this information will never be needed, but use the Boy Scout motto and be prepared.  By giving this info before you begin your trek, rescue help will have an easier time finding you.  If you accidentally get lost or have an unexpected problem or health issue while on your excursion, this information will be very helpful:

a. Description of your tent or hiking bag

b. Written description or photo of yourself noting particular tattoos, hair color and facial hair, age, height and weight.

c. Emergency contact number and name of the person you left your hiking plans with

d. Hiking itinerary and expected time of return to your vehicle at the trailhead.

Always Safely Carry Proper Identification

A backpacking backpack would most likely have a pocket for your ID, passport and probably some cash and a credit card.  However, stashing these items in your hiking backpack is not the safest plan. There are times when your backpack leaves your body and is either on a restroom floor, in your tent, or leaned against a rock while you rest.  Theft can happen so unexpectedly and swiftly that you need to be aware of how to protect these items while hiking.  A money belt that goes around your waist is a more practical means of keeping valuables that will be a pain in the butt to replace, if needed.

Another option for passports and drivers license is to carry a photocopy or a scanned photo on your phone and leave your originals home safely.  The down side of this plan is, what if you lose your phone or drop it in a lake or river?

  Friendly Strangers On The Backpacking Trail

Backpacking backpack hikers find that it can be rewarding to come across a fellow hiker on the trail. It’s fun to exchange helpful tips and trail information. Unfortunately we live in a world where not everyone can be trusted, yet you don’t want to be a constant skeptic with everyone you meet.  The best approach would be a polite exchange without giving your pertinent information or exactly where you are headed and planning to camp.  If those you meet seem to be too inquisitive, give very vague answers and be on your way.

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Keep Interaction With Strangers To A Minimum

6 Hikers Can Open A GPX File On Google Earth

You may ask, what is a GPX file? A GPX file is essentially a list of numbers that equate to points on a map. In order to use a GPX file, you’ll need an Apple iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry, Kindle Fire HDX or Symbian phone (or a proper dedicated GPS device.)  This is a very useful tool for creating routes for your hike.  You don’t have to worry about getting lost. Upload the GPX file in a program such as ViewRanger or GPSVisualizer Draw. Find the area you will be hiking which will contain longitude and latitude location data, which includes waypoints, routes, and tracks. Once you import this data you can make sure you are on point with your excursion without sidetracking.  You can check out more on how this could benefit you as a hiker at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol9nqLO2u0Q and get a full explanation of usage.

7. Backpack Hikers – Use Your Gut Instincts

How many times have you had a “gut feeling” that something was not quite right?  Then, you learned that you should have trusted that feeling in the pit of your stomach.  This makes total sense on the hiking trail.  When you are out in the wilderness or even a public trail with strangers, your best defense is to stay alert to your surroundings and people.  This is mentioned not as a scare tactic or to make everyone panic.  Naivety and blissful unawareness is not safe on any venture, vacation or in a shopping mall because things can happen in the blink of an eye, so it just makes good sense to keep both eyes wide open and hone your sensory skills to trust a gut feeling if something doesn’t feel quite right.

Trekkers; Be Aware -Not Scared To Hike

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Enjoy Backpack Hiking As It Should Be

Backpacking backpack trekkers in a group present a united front against wildlife and criminal mischief. However, there are times when you just want to head out on your own, and you should.  Solitude can often be very soothing and therapeutic, so go for it without fear.  Just arm yourself with knowledge, foresight and awareness.  You’ll have an awesome trek.  The folks at Nature Trail Backpacks wish you happy hiking!

Camping Backpack – 5 Best Adirondack Overnight Hiking Campsites

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Gorgeous Views For A Camping Site After a Long Hike

Camping backpack hiking is in full swing. Finally, the time of year you’ve been waiting for to enjoy the glory of overnight hiking trips is here.  With so many choices for camping hikes, how do you choose where is the best place to go?  Here are some suggestions for some awesome places in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. These trails are beloved by hikers worldwide. Camping is the perfect way to relax after hiking one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, and preparing for the next!  Have you ever been disappointed in a hiking area? You won’t be if you camp and hike in any of these five places.

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Camping Hikes

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Backpack Hiker Viewing Lake Pharaoh

Part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, this area of over 46,000 acres is one of the most beautiful spots in the Adirondacks.  There are many lakes, ponds and large waters to be enjoyed.  Pharaoh Lake is one of the largest lakes.  441 acres surrounds the lake with preserved forest lands.  Within this area, there is the 2,551 foot Pharaoh Mountain on the northwest shore of the lake. The surrounding area has many smaller hills and mountains to hike with 70 miles of foot trails.

Your camping backpack trip in this area provides 38 designated primitive tent sites and 14 lean-to’s in the wilderness. These backcountry beautiful camp sites are all available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved. You will see clearly marked designated tent sites with a yellow “Camp Here” disc. These sites are for tents only. Tents and some small campers can use these designated campsites. This is fun “roughing it” camping so don’t expect any hook-ups for water or electricity at these sites.

Backcountry Camping Can Be Fun In A Lean-To Or Tent

The lean-to’s on Pharaoh Lake are very popular during summer and fall. Be aware that finding an unoccupied lean-to may be difficult. Campers should be prepared in case they need to hike farther than planned to reach an unoccupied lean-to. You should also be prepared to use a designated tent site instead. Hiking campers, if you prefer more amenities, you may prefer camping at the nearby Putnam Pond Campground.  Fourteen designated tent sites are located on the shoreline of Pharaoh Lake along the Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail.  Specific information and reservation contact info can be found at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24492.html

The Boreas Ponds In Schroon Lake

Boreas Ponds Have Breathtaking Views Everywhere You Look

In 2016 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the State had purchased the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds tract from The Nature Conservancy.  In the Schroon Lake Region of the Adirondacks, you’ll hike 7 miles to reach the ponds, with approximately 600 feet of elevation gain occurring in the first 2 miles. The remaining 5 miles is mostly downhill to the ponds where the view of the High Peaks is magnificent.

Camping backpack trips, whether you ‘re looking to hike to a waterfront campsite or a backcountry camping plot, the Schroon Lake area has a multitude of campgrounds for you to choose from. Primitive camping is allowed on public lands throughout the Adirondack wilderness. There’s no guesswork since camping areas are designated with a yellow “camp here” disk. Your Site must be at least 150 feet from any trail, roadway or body of water. This is an area that has everything you look for in a hiking backpack camping excursion.

Backpack Camping – St. Regis Canoe Wilderness

St. Regis Wilderness Provides Excellent Camping Options

In the St. Regis Wilderness you’ll find some of the best backcountry camping experiences found in the entire park. The number and proximity of lakes and ponds offers hikers and campers a virtual playground. You’ll enjoy numerous remote and unconfined camping opportunities in a wilderness setting. You can discover beautiful backcountry tent sites along the shores of 20 of the ponds. If you explore the larger waters, you’ll find multiple sites while some smaller ponds have only one. If you choose wilderness camping, you’ll have 26 miles of hiking trails here in the St. Regis Canoe Area. You can even enjoy the waters from the trail because many of the trails are canoe-carries between ponds. The DEC’s Fish Creek Pond Campground and Rollins Pond Campground are located adjacent to the wilderness. This allows you some additional comforts to camp there and take a daypack hike into the canoe area.

Camping After A Day Of Hiking Is Exceptional In The Adirondack Park

Camping backpack excursions in the Adirondack Park are limitless opportunities to enjoy nature. The Adirondack Park is not a National Park; it’s a state park in Upstate New York comprised of both public and private land. It has more than six million acres, and is larger than several National Parks combined. Yet, it’s not a National Park itself.  Regardless, the opportunities to hike and view gorgeous scenery are endless.

Fish Creek Pond Campsite

Fish Creek Pond Campground is highly regarded as one of the best Adirondack state campgrounds. I think you’ll agree when you discover the natural sand shoreline and water access for most campsites. What started as 20 sites in 1926 is now 355 sites , and all but 15 are on the water. This area, you’ll agree, is a prime camping destination because it has so many amenities.

The camping backpack sites at Fish Creek are flat with sand and grass ground cover. The numerous pine trees overhead help keep your tent cooler because sun exposure is lessened. You’ll find a generous cooking and campfire area, which is safe for keeping fire far enough away from your tent. If you’ve chosen a waterfront campsite, you will love the easy gradual slope to the shoreline. The approximate 30′ of shallow water is great because it makes for kid-friendly warmer water, yet it’s cool enough to feel refreshing.

For more detailed information go to https://www.saranaclake.com/blog/2017/08/camping-saranac-lake-area

You’ll Say “I Love New York” After Experiencing Adirondacks Hiking And Camping

You’ll find that having the chance to make family memories is often a big part of hiking and camping. Even if you prefer solo hikes or special time spent as a couple, you will enjoy every step in this vast outdoor recreational area. You’ll appreciate being able to unwind after a long day of hiking is guaranteed in any of these incredible spots. The question is, when will you go and experience it for yourself? Happy hiking from Nature Trail Backpacks!

Hiking Pack – Who’s Got Your Back During The Trek?

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Backpack Hiking And Camping Is Loved By Millions

Your Hiking Backpack Should Be Comfortable

A hiking pack trip in summer means hiking in hot weather. Most of us can’t wait for cold temps to be replaced with balmy summer nights because we love sunshine and warmer nights in our tent. But, with hotter weather comes a few problems that will be less bothersome if we prepare ahead of time by learning these simple tricks of the trade that help hikers not “sweat it” quite so bad.

Choose Your Hike Location With Forethought

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Where Will You Be Hiking?

As a rookie hiker, I just thought I needed a hiking bag and some good boots for the ultimate hiking experience. Turns out, yes, you do need those things, but experience is a wonderful teacher that is best added to your hike. If you are hiking mountains, you must bring adequate clothing for daytime because you will be hot from the hike, but then nights in higher elevations will chill the air considerably. Many mountain caps have snow on them year round. Plan for climate changes wherever you hike, but especially in the mountains. Even parks and forests cool down in the evenings, so it’s wise to check online for the average highs and lows of the hiking area you’ll be in.

When Backpack Hikers Are Just Plain Hot

Your hiking pack will most likely cause sweating. Sweat is essential to your body’s ability to regulate core temperature and purge the skin of harmful substances, so there is some good to it. There really isn’t any way for you to totally prevent sweating when you are doing such an active sport as hiking. So, instead of trying to eliminate it, your best recourse is to prevent it in areas hardest to cleanse during your excursion, like your back. Your backpack should provide heat transfer in the form of mesh ventilation or suspension to give more airflow to your back.

Hikers – Don’t Sweat It- Dress Right On The Hiking Trail

Moisture Wicking Clothing Is Best On A Hiking Trip

Hiking Pack rashes are annoying to say the least. When your sweat ducts become clogged and the sweat cannot get to the surface of your skin, the result is usually a mild inflammation or rash. This is commonly referred to as heat rash, prickly heat or Miliaria. It causes tiny bumps on the skin with redness and itching.  If you can’t shower or swim to remove the sweat, it will dry back on your skin and clog the ducts.

Ways to eliminate this involves your clothing choices. You’ll need to wear moisture wicking materials such as those you wear when working out. Avoid cotton because it absorbs moisture and dries too slowly. Nylon and polyester are better choices to stay cool and dry, not only in your shirts and pants, but especially in your sock choice. No cotton socks! Take extra pairs and change them when your feet get overly sweaty. You can also carry a squirt bottle to rinse your back or feet, but make sure you dry yourself thoroughly before putting dry socks back on.

When Trail Hiking – Protect Your Head

It’s doubtful that you need lecturing on the harshness of the sun, but how about a little refresher information to help stay cool? It may be unrealistic to say “don’t hike in the hottest part of the day.” That is basically between noon and 3pm. You may have a goal or itinerary to meet so you don’t have much choice. Hopefully you’ll have some shade to take breaks and cool off. Regardless, you should wear a hat. Baseball caps are OK, but a wider brimmed hat is a better choice. I always hike with a bandanna because it has so many versatile uses. Dip it in cold water, apply it backwards and protect your neck from sunburn if you insist on wearing a cap.

This Hiking Bag Will Keep You Comfortable

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A hiking pack that allows air to pass between your body and your bag during your trek is better for you. This backpack bag has a great solution to the problem. This Tacprogear backpack has fully adjustable off-shoulder straps, a ventilated “Cool Flow” back panel, and roll-over air mesh on the shoulder straps that offer features never seen in the tactical world.  This bag  is made with a unique high-strength, lightweight fabric, and revolutionary S-Frame contour shape for unique off-body suspension to keep your back cooler and drier. This hiking backpack is 400D weight with 1000D strength and is a great option for year round hiking comfort. 

Your Hiking Backpack Bag Fit Determines Comfort Or Disaster

A hiking pack that is a quality backpack and is properly adjusted will have a massive comfort difference on your shoulders and back. If you are trying to use your college book bag as a backpack for hiking, it’s not going to end well.  Those backpacks are not meant to be durable in changing weather conditions and the seams and zippers are sub-par.  They are not meant to be ergonomically correct for your spine and hips.

Measurements Are Important When Determining Backpack Size

How To Measure Your Spine For Torso Length

Have someone measure you to determine the length of your torso. Using the image above, use a tape measure from the blue circle to the blue line via the green vertical line. Bend your head downward and you will feel the bony part on your spine that sticks out where the blue circle is on the diagram.   Use this torso length measurement to determine the proper backpack size.  If you measure 15–17 inches for example, that would be an XS backpack, 16”–19” is small 18”–21” is medium and 20”–23” is large.

Backpack Fitting – Remember To Make Your Custom Adjustments Before Hiking

Hiking pack trekkers, if you can remember this acronym; WSLS Walking Sufficiently Lifting Suitably, you’ll know what needs to be checked on your backpack before heading out.


Waist

There should be several inches between the two front tips of the padding giving you room to adjust the tightness of the hip belt. Make sure there are several inches between the two front tips of the padding. Room to adjust the tightness of the hip belt is all you need.

The padding on your waist belt should rest at the top of your hip bones, and then reach around to your stomach. The padding should not completely wrap around your torso. You can easily adjust that padding with your shoulder straps to raise or lower it. You’ll want your waist belt comfortably snug without being too tight.

Shoulders

Your shoulder straps should attach to your backpack a few inches below the tops of your shoulders. There should not be more than two inches of space between your shoulders and the shoulder straps. Make certain that you tighten the shoulder straps. They need to wrap and hug your shoulders and upper back closely without pinching your armpits. It’s important to carry the bulk of the weight on your waist belt. This will eliminate strain to your neck and back muscles.

Load Lifter Straps

You can adjust the upper part of your backpack by tightening the load lifter straps. This will help bring the pack closer to your back. If your shoulder straps begin to feel too tight after this adjustment, it simply means they have been over tightened. All you need to do is should be loosen them a bit. The object is to strive for snug comfort, not uncomfortable binding.

Sternum Strap

The purpose of the sternum strap is to relieve shoulder stress by pulling the shoulder straps a bit closer together. This will give your total freedom of arm movement. This will also prevent the shoulder straps from slipping. You should be aware not to constrict your breathing by these adjustments when you tighten the sternum strap. All you’re doing here is bringing those shoulder straps closer together.

Hikers Enjoy Your Backpack Trek In Comfort

A young male hiker is helping a female hiker to cross a mountain-brook in the German Alps near Oberstdorf.

Keep WSLS ( Walking Sufficiently Lifting Suitably) on your mind when double checking all your pre-hike necessities before hitting the trail This will make for a more comfortable experience. The folks at Nature Trail Backpacks are happy to answer any comments below. If you prefer, you can speak to us directly by phone. We want all our fellow hikers to be safe and wish you happy hiking !

Hiking Pack – The Perfect Blend Of Size And Comfort

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The Right Hiking Pack For The Trek Is Vital

Extra Hiking Pack Room Is Great

A hiking pack should be comfy and just the right size for your trip.  The perfect hiking and camping backpack is a great find.  The website, Nature Trail Backpacks, immediately takes you to the trail because the folks there love exploring Nature through hiking like you do. The site is easy to navigate, has a good variety of packs and the prices are in line with competitors. This particular backpack may grab your interest.

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Great Backpack Bag Features Are A Plus

The hiking pack, Maxpedition Condor II, will catch your eye. It’s less than 3 lbs (empty) at 47.8 oz. which makes this pack lightweight enough to not worry about your added cargo weight. It has all the updated features you’d look for in an outdoor backpack, plus a few extras.

The Condor II has a massive over 1350 cubic inch capacity making ample room for all your essentials and gear.  There is space included so you can add a 3 liter hydration reservoir to keep you hydrated on your hiking trek.

Hiking Backpack Exterior Webbing

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PALS Webbing Creates A Means Of Carrying Extra Gear

What Is Backpack Bag PALS?

If you like to add attachments and gear on the exterior of your hiking bag, the Condor II has more PALS webbing than many available hike bags. If you don’t know what PALS stands for, it’s Pouch Attachment Ladder System.  You can easily connect Molle organization pouches and odd sized gear to this webbing, creating means to custom organize your hiking gear. 

Backpack Comfort Is Key During Your Hike

The ergonomic padded shoulder harness and removable waist belt are pluses that will add to your hiking comfort. During your trek, you’ll find that comfort is key to a successful hike. The best feature of this pack is the great sternum support and waist strap that evenly distributes your backpack weight.

I Don’t Want To Take It Off

I think we can all agree that it’s annoying to have to remove your backpack, set it down and open it just to get a bottle of water. This pack has a hydration sleeve to add a water bladder and port for your drink tubing, which means you have easier access to your water while trekking.

Never Underestimate The Need For Water Consumption

If you’ve ever procrastinated about drinking your water because getting to it was a hassle, you know what I’m talking about. This way, you don’t have to worry about staying properly hydrated while moving through your trek.

Shhhhhh, Hiking In Progress

This hiking pack, the Max Condor, is equipped with quiet-closing buckles and premium YKK zippers. You know how sounds resonate and are amplified in the quiet of Nature.  If you’re trying to be obscure in the wild, these features will allow you to remain silent when it’s necessary. In addition, the high-stress areas of this bag are reinforced with special bar-tack stitches to ensure you long-lasting durability.  You wouldn’t want to deal with ripped seams or broken zippers on your excursion, believe me!

Hiking Pack Loading Abilities

Some hike bags are a drag! The Condor II is designed to never drag you down.  You’ll have so many added options and load-bearing capabilities with this pack. You can even expand it greatly by use of Maxpedition’s TacTie Attachment Straps.  You’ll be able to interact with a variety of external pouches, pockets, and accessories. 

You can haul your load and be comfortable while you’re trekking, because you  add what you want. The design of this pack had you in mind, the hiker carrying it. The quality construction will provide years of performance on the trails.

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Hiking Backpack –It’s Uses Are Endless

Hikers use the Condor II for everything from a CCW carry bag to a hiking bag for boating.  Do you find yourself using your backpack for multiple purposes?  You can adapt this one to be used for hunting, fishing, survival equipment or for camping on overnight hikes. Go ahead and use it for your pillow, throw it in the back of your truck for on-the-job needs. This is a durable one, it can take it! 

“You get what you pay for” is a very true statement.  Quality makes this pack tough and versatile so you never have to worry about it holding up to extreme elements.

Hiking Pack Information And Tips

If this one isn’t quite the hiking bag you had in mind, the folks at Nature Trail Backpacks are always willing to answer questions and comments below. You can also comment on the site.  They will assist you in finding the pack that fits your individual needs on the trail. You want to be confident in your purchase, right? They give great customer service, tips, and advice on all things hiking and camping in the wild.  Happy hiking!

Trekking Backpack – 6 Hiking Trips For This Summer

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Explore and Conquer Your Favorite Hiking Spot

A trekking backpack hike to any of these particular destinations is bound to interest and excite backpack hikers.  Even day pack hikers will enjoy some of these locations, which is the beauty of hiking.  You can go as easy or as challenging as you want to and enjoy yourself in nature.  Hikers of all levels, why not consider these great trails this summer?

Hiking Bag Trip To Mount Katahdin, Maine 

The legendary Appalachian Trail begins in Georgia at Springer Mountain.  It crosses 14 states ending in Mount Katahdin in Maine. Those who have thu-hiked the entire trail have many exciting stories they could tell.  Depending on your location, your journey may start in Maine and end in Georgia. The approximate hike time for reaching Mount Katahdin is 8-12 hours.  

This trekking backpack trail is rather steep and presents physical challenges.  Before attempting this one, make sure you’re at an optimum fitness level.  But, as any accomplished hiker will tell you about any difficult climb, it’s worth every step when you reach the top.  Even Miley Cyrus understood with her lyrics “Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side; It’s the climb.”  The ascent along the way gives you incredible views in all directions from Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain.

Take a look and see if you would fall in love with this place to hike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQAqX3qxH5U


Backpack Hiking in Cracker Lake, Montana

The breathtaking scenery is beyond incredible.  Take a look at this hiker have a grand time in this beautiful national park area.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=78&v=w3AThfTnxMo

You could do this in an intensified day hike, but it would be more enjoyable as an overnight camping experience. Camping at the head of the basin is superb with better than average campgrounds. You won’t want to leave once you get there after observing the glorious landscape. Even in summer, because of its northern location, you’ll need warm clothing overnight due to dropping temps.  On a clear summer day, the panoramic views will knock your socks off. 

Glacier Lake has pristine turquoise, almost Caribbean-like crystal clear water. If you’re all sweaty from your hike, what better way to cool off? Drop that hiking bag and jump in! Into late summer, snow can still be seen on mountain tops. You can witness cascading waterfalls from the high cliffs

Always Stay Well Hydrated During Your Hikes

Mount Adams , New Hampshire – Great Hiking Here

This trekking backpack excursion is one of the best hikes in the country in the medium-difficult category range because there is such glorious scenery. It consists of 11.2 miles so an overnight would make it a more comfortable hike. The most preferable season is between May and September because weather is more predictable then. Summer offers endless scenes of colorful wildflowers.  Snow remains on the summit year round, so there is some interest in skiing down to the end of the snowline during winter months. This backpack trek is best accomplished in good weather. It’s a popular hike due to the accessibility and ease of the trail itself.

Experienced hikers in great physical condition will enjoy this hike. It should be emphasized that if you expect to conquer it in one day, you must leave before dawn.  You’ll be rewarded with magnificent sunrise views over the tree lines.  You should plan on hiking this trail the entire day because you need to take your time. That being said, it’s imperative that you bring adequate amounts of food, snacks and water. To simply state that this route is beautiful would be an understated fact.

Here’s an interesting video of hikers climbing Mount Adams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NCbOAZ9eD4

Grab A Trekking Backpack & Head To Long’s Peak

Long’s Peak via the Keyhole Route is one of Colorado’s most impressive 14,000-foot peaks. This hike, within the Rocky Mountain National Park, is difficult but highly rewarding. Long’s Peak towers above all other summits in this area. The mountain has unique profiles from every view point and angle of its 15 mile round trip. The descent can be tricky and should only be attempted with previous experience. Don’t let your ego dictate your good judgment.

The Keyhole Route For Hikers

The Keyhole Route of Long’s Peak climbs more than 5,000 feet. Half the people who attempt Long’s peak do not make it to the summit. To give yourself the best probability of making it to the summit, make an early start and be practical about your limitations. This trek is more of a climb than a hike. You will be boulder jumping and exposed to fallen rock, dramatic climate changes and narrow ledges.  Great skill and judgment are paramount in attempting this trip. Higher elevations may affect your body as with any elevated climb. Stay well hydrated and nourished with several snacks and meals, accompanied by rest periods throughout the hike.

This is an extraordinary climbing experience, but make sure you don’t have unrealistic expectations of your body. Be smart by being willing to turn around at any time. 

Here’s a video to help make your decision to try it or not.   https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/longspeak.htm

Outdoor Hikers Love The Narrows, Utah

If your trekking backpack travels lead you to Utah, you have to check out The Narrows, which are part of the Zion National Park.  Claiming to be one of the best USA hikes, this trek is the best slot canyon hike in the world.  Where else can you witness 18 million years of eroded rock walls.

This incredible day hike may possibly be the best hike of your life.  It is recommended that you hike from the bottom up via a park shuttle service that will take you to the bottom.  Hiking is done largely in the river because, for a third of the route, the river runs canyon wall to canyon wall. Changing seasons mean fickle weather changes that you should be prepared for with warm clothing and provisions for staying overnight if situations arise that lengthen your trip plans.

Here’s a glimpse at what The Narrows has to offer hikers:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhw6fnYLq40

The Narrows refers to two hikes, both the 3.6 miles (5.8 km) bottom-up hike from the Temple of SinawavatoBig Springs, as well as the 16 miles (26 km) top-down

Trekking backpack hikers should be aware of spontaneous water level changes that occur from season to season. You can expect to be wading in sometimes waist-deep water, probably swimming for a few short sections. Beware of flash flood warnings that are prevalent in canyon areas.  If rain is predicted, don’t go at that time because it could be unsafe. Stick to good weather reports when planning your hike in The Narrows.

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Taking A Break During A Fabulous Hike

Trekking Backpack Hikers Will Love – Grayson Highlands, Virginia

Virginia’s Grayson Highlands State Park is an alpine wonder.  This area over the Appalachian high country will have you swooning over the airy mountain meadows of wildflowers, beautiful forests and glistening trout streams.  The best part is the more than 100 wild ponies that roam this area.

The most scenic route to the summit comes courtesy of Grayson Highlands State Park. This 8.5 mile round trip hike begins on the aptly named Rhododendron Trail. It links with the Appalachian Trail and Mount Rogers Spur trail outside the park. The pretty rolling hillsides alongside the gorgeous wild ponies, not something you see on most hikes.

If you’re not the most ambitious of hikers, there is still plenty for you to enjoy with Grayson Highlands shorter trails. Many have iconic Appalachian landscapes. The Twin Pinnacles Trail begins at the park’s visitor center and takes hikers on a 1.6-mile loop with views of Wilbur Ridge and Mount Rogers. An equally short hike of the Cabin Creek Trail is a 1.8-mile marshy river ramble, with a trail with a mountain laurel that brings you to a 25-foot waterfall.  Who doesn’t love a beautiful waterfall?  If you don’t wish to sleep in the wilderness, you can day hike after spending the night in a classic B & B or RV park. Contact the Grayson Highlands State Park website for more information.

Check out this video of Grayson Highlands incredible scenery.

Grayson Highlands Has Great Hiking Trails

Which Hiking Location Will You Choose?

Take That First Step To An Adventurous Hike

Our Nation is a true hiking playground.  You can find endless places to explore, inspired solely from your craving for adventure. Learn to play outdoors like a kid again.  Except as an adult, you now are armed with the respect for nature that requires leaving no trace. If you are always mindful of that, every hiker can reap the benefits of wild outdoor excursions in a natural environment.

The folks at Nature Trail Backpacks understand your love for hiking. Check us out for whatever adventure you choose. We wish you Happy hiking!

Camping Backpack – Why Have Hiker Numbers Doubled In Seattle?

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The Seattle Area Is A Very Popular Hiking Spot

Camping backpack hikers are found in every state. The question is, why has the number of hikers increased seven times faster than the population in Seattle, Washington?  What is the draw and what does Seattle have that other states don’t?  Apparently there is more than one simple explanation.

Backpack Hiking – Who’s Showing The Most Interest?

Living in a tech world is proving to young adults that the outdoors is the hip place to be and hiking is a great get-away.  The “call of the mountains” has become increasingly stronger. Kids in the 6-12 age range that once loved playing outside are young adults now. They remember how awesome it was to be a part of Nature.  Finding peace and being off the grid for awhile is now more popular. Being away from city crowds and enjoying friends in a group for a social hike is very trendy these days.

There’s been a significant shift in the age demographics of hikers in the U.S.  In 2008, adults age 35-49 were the ones that did the most hiking. By 2018, interest in hiking doubled among people 18-34 years old, surging from a participation rate of 15 percent in 2008 to 30 percent last year. The average American hiker is now age 38 making millennial and early Gen Xers those most likely to hike. However, hikers come in many ages from 16-70.

All Ages Enjoy Backpack Hiking For Fun And Adventure

Camping Backpack Trips – Hikers Impact Gateway Communities

More than 940,000 adults who live in the Seattle area say they’ve been hiking in the past 12 months. That’s double the number from 2008, according to a Nielsen survey.  Currently, hiking is having its moment.  Annual Discover Pass Sales (the ticket to Washington Outdoors) have increased 55% in 5 years   The study concluded that in 2008, less than a quarter of local adults said they hiked. Last year, it was 41 percent. There has also been a surge of visitors to the Washington Trails Association (WTA) website. An increase has also been noted in the number of hikers leaving trip reports, which is like a Yelp review for hiking areas.

Hiking Backpack – Hikes In Seattle Help Community Economics

A 90 minute hike in the Seattle WA area is the most popular hike for that locale. Hikers seem to enjoy day hikes in the 3 to 6 mile range. There are many places  off the I-90 corridor in communities like  Darrington, Winthrop, and Trout Lake to go backpack hiking. Gateway areas are where hikers stop before they start their next adventure, realizing an economic influx as hiking activities increase.

Pros and Cons Of So Many Hiking Backpackers

Millenial age residents are young newcomers that are settling in the Seattle area and its suburbs. Well over half of those residents say they have hiked within the last twelve months. That would explain the rise in hikers to this area for sure. Some challenges could present when you consider overcrowded trails and trail degradation as a result of increased activity.

Do you hike for the peace and zen of the sport?  Are you turned off to crowds and potentially noisy hikers? Beginners will soon learn the rules of being a responsible hiker, just like experienced hikers have.  Consider that the positives may outweigh the negatives. More hikers are an indication that in addition to “saving the planet, people taking up hiking will appreciate nature and will end up having a better respect for it.

Hikers Are Happy That Trailhead Direct Will Launch Again

Camping backpack hikers often find difficulty in finding adequate parking at the trailhead. King County Metro provides seasonal transportation on weekends and designated holidays to some of this region’s most popular hiking trails. Service has expanded twice since 2017 when it began as a single route. 

Hikers love the ease and accessibility to the mountains. The routes will carry you to your desired trail in less than an hour at a very minimal price. Have you gotten all excited about hiking a trail and can’t find a parking spot at the trail head? Hiking in this area won’t mean frustration over no parking available. This is the perfect answer to having to park a long way from the trailhead due to lack of parking space.

Popular Backpack Hiking Spots in The Seattle Area

The Loop Trail

Seattle’s Loop Trail

One camping backpack trek choice is the popular 2.8-mile Loop Trail which takes you through a dense forest and meadows. Hikers enjoy it so much because they can put down their hiking pack, have a picnic and observe beautiful coastal views.  A bluff overlooking Puget Sound offers a great view of the downtown skyline. The trails are wide so you can walk comfortably. They are not too steep and have plenty of signage to direct you around the loop. You’ll like this hike because it is family friendly.

Cherry Creek Falls

Cherry Creek Falls

Cherry Creek Falls is a King County gem. Originally an old logging forest the first part of the 20th century, this trail is outside of Duvall WA.  You can cool off while hiking at the 25-foot waterfall because it pours straight down into a scenic natural pool. The trails are fairly-smooth and the hills are gentle. Cherry Creek flows well year round, but by Autumn, the left side of the falls may dry out. Directions from the Washington hiking guide, “Hiking With My Brother,” will get you to the falls and back because signage there is minimal. You can figure on 2.5 miles of hiking from the trailhead.

Mount Si

 Mount Si is arguably the most popular Seattle-area hike. It’s the rocky peak looming to your left as you drive Interstate 90 past North Bend. The trail has well-constructed switchbacks.  Not excessively steep, descent is doable even when trail running. It’s not super rocky until you reach the top, so that’s a relief.  There is a definite slope that you must be prepared for. Inexperienced hikers should use trekking poles and condition your legs and body beforehand. Make sure you do leg stretches before and after your climb, even if you have previous hill-climbing experience so you don’t have leg cramps.

Don’t let the popularity fool you; this can be a hard hike. It gains 3,150 in just four steep, switch-backing miles, but the views make it worthwhile. On a clear day, Mount Rainier can be seen to the south surrounded by dozens of other Cascade peaks. Figure on approximately a five hour round trip hike.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail

Camping backpack trekkers have several hikes in the area that don’t require navigating a sloped mountain. The Middle Fork Snoqualmie trail winds its way along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. It features a beautiful forest with a back drop of jagged mountain peaks. The trail frequently is right along the river.  Sounds of rushing water can be heard everywhere, which is a pleasant accompaniment to your hike. Backpack hikers usually head six miles out to the Dingford Creek Bridge before turning back, but you can hike as short or long a trek as you want on this trail.

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Camping Backpack Hiking Is Popular

So Many Choices – Why Not Try Backpack Hiking?

Camping backpack hikes can literally be done anywhere.  There are so many great hiking spots Nationwide, not just in the Seattle area.  A frequent statement after first-time hikers returning from their experience is, “Why didn’t I hike sooner?”  The folks at Nature Trail Backpacks can help you decide on a hiking pack and answer questions you may have as a new hiker.  Be sure to check your local areas on an internet search. You’ll be amazed at how many places are right in your own area to enjoy the greatness of backpack hiking, for the day, weekend or longer.  Happy hiking!

Backpack Bag – Avoid Violence On The Hiking Trail!

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Hikers Deserve The Zen Moments Of Camping Trips

Backpack bag hikers know the peace they feel when they are one with Nature. New hikers are enjoying the sport every day, and undoubtedly start with a few trepidation’s. Have you ever worried about encountering a bear or rattle snake? Yes, these creatures can give us pause, but after educating ourselves, we learn to share the wilderness and steer clear of them.  Should you also have to worry these days about human predators and having your life at risk while enjoying a tranquil hike?  How do we arm ourselves against encountering a random disturbed criminal ?

Criminal On The AT Threatens Fellow Hikers

No doubt you saw this information recently on the news;  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/appalachian-trail-attacker-threatened-burn-hikers-alive-court-documents-say-n1005186

Hikers Are A Peaceful Breed

98% of all hikers are peace-loving people like you and me who have a connection with the outdoors. We thrive in nature and feel our best with the accomplishment of a good climb or trail walk, don’t we?  If you are reading this, you can no doubt relate. Our minds don’t go in the direction of danger beyond a wild animal or encounter with a patch of poison ivy.  Sadly, in our world today, I believe we need to redirect our thoughts to a more serious type of situation. The issue is trust; trust of mankind because a few sick people have issues that they cannot control.

A backpack bag trip is usually a form of get-away from a stressful environment, so that we can recharge our frame of mind.  Hikers are a “community” of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts who have a love and respect for Mother Nature and each other. Yes, you may come across an occasional jerk who leaves trace and seems to be obnoxious and rude on the trail. These backpack hikers are plain annoying, not considered a deadly threat.

Backpackers Need To Be Prepared For Anything

So, how can you prepare yourself for a remote possibility of a situation while on the wilderness trail or camping off trail? A simple answer may be in safety awareness as one of your best lines of defense.  Crime can happen anywhere at any time. Your brain may be your strongest weapon. Always pay attention to your gut instinct about people you encounter whether at home, on the road or while hiking. The situations may be different but the plan of action remains the same. Don’t engage, speak to or challenge someone you meet on the trail until your doubts are reassured.

Trekkers – Tune In Not Out While Backpacking

Ear buds or cell phones can easily distract you, leaving you vulnerable to a dangerous encounter.  You could be approached from behind unknowingly.  You may miss seeing or hearing cues that could help you avoid a risky situation.  Being aware and alert helps protect you and other hikers from danger because you cannot hear an approaching threat or nearby victim if you’re drowning your eardrums in rock music. Besides, isn’t the whole purpose of nature to hear the sounds which are natural in the wild?  This makes good sense even for a potentially threatening wild animal.

Your Hiking Bag Can Be A Helpful Hiding Place

While most hikers don’t purposely condone violence, I believe we all agree that protecting ourselves and families should be a priority.  There is much controversy currently regarding gun control. We may not all agree, but it is my personal opinion that a backpack with a CCW (concealed carry weapon) pocket with a firearm could potentially save a life.  It’s no different than hunting. You carry a gun to take down your prey for sport or food.  If an animal in the environment threatens your life, you’d shoot it.  Certainly a human life is different, but if your life is on the line, what would you do?

Not All Hiking Trail Strangers Are Good

During a backpack bag excursion, as in a tourist situation, you should be wary of strangers.  Most are helpful like-minded comrades, but it’s best to err on the side of caution.  Here’s where your gut instincts come into play once again.  Anyone you meet on the trail, friendly or not, keep conversation at a minimum until you feel comfortable with him/her/them.  This is particularly important when you hike alone. Make it known you have someone a short distance behind you even if you don’t.  The only one(s) you should share your hike itinerary with is your family and/or a park ranger. Don’t give specifics of your hiking plans on social media in real time because anyone can track you with simple clues.

Nature Hikers – Stay Positive And Don’t Be Robbed

Your backpack bag should contain your ID and maybe some cash if the trail has a pop up store for provisions. Of course you should be cautious to protect your backpack and gear. Leave the jewelry at home. You will need to be aware of visible things in your car at the trailhead as well. You can protect yourself with common sense preventative measures.

More to the point, don’t let the actions of criminals rob you of your enjoyment of hiking. You can’t let fear dictate your pleasures in enjoying the great outdoors. There will always be crime no matter where you go, but by practicing awareness, you’ll be fine. Implement a keen sense of awareness in your everyday travels, on and off the trail, you should be safe to follow your hiking path wherever your boots take you. The folks at Nature Trail Backpacks want you to have safe and happy hiking!