Backpack Bags – Explore Hiking In Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountains

Backpack bags for hiking make us think of great places to go hiking, but you may not readily think of Pennsylvania. I can vouch for the fact that this state has so much more to offer than meets the eye. Much of its natural splendor may be well known to locals, but let me tell you about some hidden gems and added pluses to this part of the Northeast that you will want to explore on your list of places to visit.

Backpack Bags – Hikers Should Experience The Pocono Mountains

Obviously, autumn is the best time to see Pennsylvania for color. The leaves are magnificent shades of reds, gold and orange. But any time in The Poconos Mountains, which are on the southern Pennsylvania border of the Appalachian Mountain trail, is a great time for hiking. The Appalachian Trail is over 81 years old and is one of the longest hiking trails in the U.S. This trail begins in Georgia and ends in Maine, passing through 14 Eastern states. There are plenty of trails, lakes, summits and wildlife to keep you interested and motivated to push on to see it all. Spring and summer are great for backpack camping and there are all kinds of winter activities in the area as well.  Whether on foot, ATV or snowmobile, there are several loop options with easy to moderate and challenging backpack hiking throughout the year.

Backpack Bags Packed? Check Out The Delaware Gap Recreational Area

Gorgeous Hiking In The Delaware River Area

The Delaware State Forest is in Pike County Pennsylvania. This State Forest derives its name from the Delaware River that drains the entire area. The area is easily accessible, within a two hour drive of New York City and Philadelphia. There are approximately 200 miles of shared-use trails where anyone can hike, bike or horseback ride throughout the year. This video of a mink seen in the Delaware State Forest, is an animal that is rarely seen in the daytime. Backpack hiking in this area leads to observation of many forms of wildlife that will amaze and entertain you.

A Mink – Rarely Seen In Day Time

Backpack Bags – Hikers Visit Other Areas In Pennsylvania

The Shawnee Mountain area within the Delaware Water Gap has 28 miles of the Appalachian Trail to enjoy. There is hiking for the exercise or for the sights. Check out a hike to Childs Park to surround yourself in a waterfall haven. Walk the McDade Trail to catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagles or watch the Delaware River float by. Or, hike Cliff Park Trail to be above it all and see the highest point into New Jersey. The Mt. Minsi area has year round scenic trails that display beautiful fall foliage, gorgeous snowy peaks, blossoming flowers in spring and lush greenery during the summer. There is a section of trail that has a secret trail going off of the Appalachian Trail and takes you to a beautiful waterfall with a little swimming hole.

Thunder Swamp Trail System

Backpack Bags bring hikers to The Thunder Swamp Trail System in E. Stroudsburg PA is in Delaware State Forest. Suitable for both day hikes and backpacking camping trips, the system consists of a blue-blazed main loop trail of 30 miles plus 15 miles of red-blazed side trails to many natural features. The trails cross streams, pass through wetlands, with rocky terrain in spots.

Dunnfield Creek Trail

The Dunnfield Creek Trail is 3.5 miles one way which  contains a designated Wild Trout Stream with a healthy population of native brook trout. The trail follows the stream through a mature hemlock and mixed hardwood ravine. Multiple small cascades are seen along the creek. Be prepared for numerous stream crossings. The trail ends at Sunfish Pond, a natural glacial lake. Over twenty miles of trail can be connected together in the Worthington State Forest area to fill an entire day of great hiking.

Backpack bags offer trekkers in The Northeast its share of beautiful hiking trails. Many people gravitate towards the more well known places. If you are looking for some less populated areas, Pennsylvania has much to offer when you are seeking a laid-back approach to backpack hiking. The Delaware Gap Recreational Area provides hikers a multitude of spots to enjoy the beauty of the scenery while enjoying the many wonders of nature.  Happy hiking!

Hiking Pack – Why Not Consider A Nature-Lovers Vacation

Imagine The Serenity In This Setting


Hiking pack trips are trendy. Are you tired of the typical summer vacation at the beach? Do you and your family crave something a little different for a change?  People who crave adventure often think outside the box and end up having the time of their lives. It’s your turn to try something a bit out of your wheelhouse. Is your biggest apprehension lack of imagination?  Here are some great ideas.

Hiking Pack Trips Can Be Enjoyed Anywhere

Hiking pack excursions gives one a fabulous opportunity to enjoy nature in the Great Outdoors. Are you tired of the same old beach vacation? Of course the beach is outdoors, but how about combining the thought of swimming with fresh water instead of salt water in the form of a classic cabin in the woods, or a camping tent under the stars. Choices are endless if you start with one thing that is most important. Let’s say in this case it’s swimming.

Yes, you could rent a cabin with a community pool, or it could be on a beach. But if we are truly thinking outside the box here, let’s say we rent a beautiful log cabin and to go swimming, we could spend the day hiking to a waterfall above a beautiful pristine lake. You could take a picnic lunch in your outdoor backpack and totally enjoy a natural setting of beauty while you cool off in fresh water with a beautiful scenic backdrop.

Hiking Pack Trips In The Mountains

Breathtaking Scenery

Are You Drawn To The Mountains?

Hiking pack jaunts to the mountains allow you to see the Grand Canyon up close and personal instead of from an airplane or helicopter tour. What if you actually explored its grandeur not just by passing over it, but by camping IN it?  Mather Campground on the South rim (open year round) and the North Rim Campground (open May 15-Oct 31) are great places you can drive to within the Grand Canyon National Park. Become a huge part of nature and enjoy breathtaking scenery right outside your tent. Some campgrounds have full hookups for RV’s. Google searches can help you find the best resources. Chances are you will want to explore, which is easy to do with a daypack backpack. You could even go on a guided tour if you are new to hiking.

Hiking Pack Explorations of Arizona On Horseback

Just east of Tucson Arizona, at the base of the Rincon Mountains near Saguaro National Park sits a 60,000-acre ranch stocked with 180 horses called the Tanque Verde Ranch. It is also deemed the Best Dude Ranch in Arizona.  Both basic horseback riding for beginners and advanced riders can take a lesson and then trot or gallop off into the sunset for a private meadow picnic.

For the non-horseback riders, 600 acres of single track mountain biking trails snake through the property, daily guided hikes cover miles of hiking trails, and there’s a 1.5-acre lake stocked with bluegill and large-mouth bass.

Hiking Pack Exploration – Who Knew There Was Fun In The Desert?

The beautiful Joshua Tree National Park

Hiking pack explorers who are beginners, may typically think of the desert as just vast emptiness with no scenery or excitement. That is just not so. Visit Joshua Tree National Park in California where two deserts meet, the Mojave and the Colorado.  You can experience nature in a rock-climbing experience where you can even attend a rock-climbing school. Camping at Indian Creek or Black Rock campgrounds would give you a great nature fix with a chance to observe its signature Joshua trees and geologic wonders. Observe large herds of bighorn sheep and black-tailed jack rabbits. Guides are available for any aspect of the entire park which is larger than Rhode Island. You could easily fill up a week climbing every rock and hiking every trail.

Hiking Pack Ventures – Explore Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

Ojo Caliente Mineral Waters

How does a Spa Oasis sound to you?  Ojo Caliente’s sulfur-free, geothermal mineral waters flow from a subterranean volcanic aquifer that can heat up to 109 degrees. This area about halfway between Taos and Santa Fe has been a spa oasis ever since the ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes built pueblos surrounding the hot springs in the 15th century. Public pools; Lithia, Iron, Soda, and Arsenic, can now be enjoyed for soaking. They’ve been upgraded with a new ozone and UV light filtration system to keep them clean and chlorine-free. Why not explore the 12 miles of mesa-top hiking and mountain biking trails, a wine bar and three private soaking pools with outdoor fireplaces.  Hikers can relax afterwards with four spacious new massage therapy rooms after a long excursion on the trail.

Hiking pack adventures include much more than just these few examples of tempting things to do on a nature-loving vacation. We would love to hear from you in a comment below if you have visited any of these places, or other places where you felt totally connected to the Great Outdoors for some zen time. Whatever choice you make in your hike, make it memorable.

Small Daypack Hiking In National Parks. What Really Kills People Visiting ?

Backpack Hikers Visit Parks Nationwide

National Parks and Fatalities

Small daypack hikers and large backpack trekkers with hiking backpacks visit our national parks to witness the glory and splendor of the great outdoors.  Each year thousands of worldwide nature lovers and tourists with travel backpacks visit our U.S parks. The National Park Service keeps records of any fatalities in their parks. What causes the most to succumb is not what you would expect. Typical reasons people think would be to blame, like bear and wild animal attacks, are not common.  Although it is possible to provoke an animal in the wild that would kill you, the odds are rare.

Small Daypack Trips – What Are The Odds of Fatalities?

Roughly 315 million people visit national parks every year. Between120-140 fatalities occur annually in these parks. However tragic, that is a small percentage overall, making your odds of dying there about 1 in 2 million.  It’s reassuring to know the odds are low for outdoor lovers. The actual cause of demise among backpack hikers, campers and tourists is remarkable.

Small Daypack Explorations – Highest Rated Demise

The biggest culprit is drowning. Currents in rivers, children playing in creeks and hikers suffering from fatigue and dehydration attempt to swim without nourishing and hydrating first. Muscle cramping catches swimmers off guard and disables them. Knowledge is power, so if you are trekking all day, be aware of your body and give it what it needs before you make it sustain you above water. Picture yourself around the campfire and enjoying alcoholic beverages. It’s great to kick back after a day of exploration. You get the notion that a swim would feel great. Over-indulgence of alcohol and deep water never mix well. Even riverbed and lakeside rocks can be slippery and have you unexpectedly in the water. Use caution anytime you are around bodies of water.

Small Daypack Hiking – Fatal Crashes

Who would guess that motor vehicle accidents would rate high on the list for fatalities in parks? Distracted tourists admiring the scenery caused 27 percent of fatal crashes. Alcohol played a role in a 23 percent of these accidents. Foreign visitors who crossed the center line to drive on the wrong side of the road caused 14 percent of fatal crashes according to the National Park Service statistics.

Small Daypack Hikers – Use Caution While Backpack Hiking

Some hikers and climbers are not as careful as they should be on dangerous mountains and trails. The Grand Canyon led the list of fatalities in 2014.  Potentially fatal lightning accompanies summer thunderstorms in the Grand Canyon.  Backpack hiking enthusiasts can easily become dehydrated and experience heat exhaustion and stroke. Climbing to different elevations can cause shortness of breath, make you nauseous and easily fatigued. Sunscreen is crucial for obvious reasons year round. The very dry climate may affect you differently than your home environment, so keep water on hand at all times.

Observing Wild Life

Bears And Other Wild Animals Live In Parks

Small daypack explorers be aware, as much as you enjoy observing the wildlife, animals in the parks are wild, unlike those you visit at the zoo. You should always stay at least 100 feet from elk, mountain lions, deer, bighorn sheep and California Condors. If the animal approaches you, you must be responsible by backing away slowly to maintain the 100 feet distance. Feeding the animals is prohibited for their safety as well as yours. Be sure to not discard food wrappers on the ground or fail to rinse out your empty cooler. Leftover scents can attract them, even from a distance.

Small Daypack Hikers – Hike Safely

With safety and good sense foremost on your mind, and in your actions, every hiking camping backpack trip and walkabout will end in a pleasant memory. Be aware, not naive to the limits of nature, and enjoy. Happy Hiking!

Trekking Bags Hikers -Blisters Will Ruin Your Hike

Happy Feet Make For a Better Hiking Experience

Trekking bags hiking enthusiasts who have experienced blisters on their excursions found out the hard way that nothing spoils a hiking trip more than painful blistered feet. I’m not referring to the usual long hike fatigue that feet may experience, I’m talking about the rubbing of your hiking boots or any other irritant that causes a painful blister to form. Hiking can be a blister-sensitive sport. Let’s talk about the ways to prevent them and if you do end up with one, how you can get relief ? It would be discouraging if your trip or worse yet, your interest in hiking was altered with negative influence over something that could have been prevented.

Trekking Bags – Hikers Break In New Hiking Boots/Shoes

The first rule of thumb is to never wear a brand new pair of hiking boots or shoes without first breaking them in. Wear them a few times around your house and during a few brief trips outdoors to allow the leather or material to stretch and breathe. Make sure you are properly fitted. Size fits can vary from different manufacturers.  When trying on new boots at the time of purchase, wear a pair of the socks you always wear on the trail, along with any insoles or arch supports you add. Tie the boots snugly, but not too tight. Gradually increase the time you wear your new footwear before hitting the trail.

Trekking Bags – Socks Really Matter

Experience has taught many new hikers that cotton socks are NOT the best choice for outdoor backpacking trips. Cotton holds moisture in which causes chafing that can lead to rashes and blisters. The best material for hiking socks is merino wool or moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon for breath-ability and light cushioning. You’ll want the socks to have a snug fit to prevent bunching in the toes or heels. Merino wool also tends to be smell proof. If you don’t like wool, a combination hiking sock and light liner is the way to go. Pay attention to where the seams hit, which is ideally right below the tops of your toes.

OUCH!

Trekking Bags – If Blister Prevention Fails

It’s best to treat “hot spots” first before they turn into blisters. A hot spot is the precursor to an actual blister. It’s a warning that you should pay attention to as soon as you feel it.  Many hikers swear by Leukotape to prevent blisters.  Carrying Leukotape or duct tape, triple antibiotic gel and Bandaids in your backpacking pack is always smart. Duct tape never ceases to amaze me for its many uses. Place a piece, sticky side onto your skin where it’s warm and reddened. If you notice a blister has already formed, that is a result of rubbing and friction that has gone on too long. Only if the blister is big should you pop it. Some may disagree with this, but the goal is to not risk infection. If it has to be popped, it’s best to sterilize a safety pin or needle (hikers always carry one), wipe the area with an alcohol pad and prick the bubble at the bottom. Wipe again with a new alcohol pad and place triple antibiotic gel on it before covering with medical tape, bandage or duct tape. Be careful not to apply so much gel that the bandage doesn’t stick. You can apply a strip of duct tape over the bandage for extra protection. Remove the bandage at night while sleeping and then replace it once you head out in the morning.

Used Widely Among Trekking Bags Hikers

Trekking Bags – Carry Items – Prevention Is Key

That is just good solid advice in all aspects of life, but it’s particularly true in hiking. The last thing you want is for your trek to be hindered by foot pain when you need your feet to be your transportation throughout your trip. We would love to hear any tips or solutions our fellow hikers make have for treating or preventing blisters while hiking. I think we can all agree that happy feet mean happy trails.

Hiking Backpack Trekkers – The Teton Mountains Are Perfect For Hiking

Family Photo Of Grand Teton

Hiking backpack adventurers, if you love hiking, you’ll one day be drawn to The Rocky Mountains. This major mountain range in western North America spans 3000 miles. A particularly gorgeous area is the Tetons, in Northwest Wyoming which is part of the Grand Teton National Park. The Teton mountain range is bisected by the Snake River.  The Grand Teton at 13,770 feet is the largest. Jenny Lake, at its base, sits at 6,783 feet. The beautiful valley between is known as Jackson Hole. If ever there was splendor to be seen, you have to check this area out for sure.

Hiking Backpack Travelers – What Made These Mountains

These great hiking mountains tower about 7,000 feet above the valley floor. Over centuries, erosion has filled the valley and carved the range crest forming the jagged Teton skyline, which is absolutely breathtaking.  Earthquakes have formed the Grand Tetons, but it has been glaciers that have given them their unique character. The Tetons have been glaciated at least three times, with the oldest event being the most significant. When the glaciers receded from the last ice age they left these gems of nature for our enjoyment. Phelps, Jenny, Leigh, Sting and Jackson Lakes are further examples of remarkable beauty in this exquisite spot on the globe.

Hiking Backpack Explorers – Mountains, Lakes, And Scenery Await

The Grand, Middle, and South Tetons form the heart of the range.  Worthy of mention nearby include Mt. Owen, Teewinot Mountain, and Mt. Moran, which are no less spectacular. During the latest glaciations, ice flowed down canyons in the Teton Range onto the floor of Jackson Hole and built the elevations that dam Jackson, Leigh, Jenny, Bradley, Taggart, and Phelps lakes. There is hiking and science to be experienced here with every step. The first hikers in this area date back to 1872. Can you imagine covered wagons on the original trails?

Hiking Backpack Enthusiasts – Backpack Hiking At Its Best

Today, hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind around the lakes and through the mountains making choices almost limitless. From easy day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips, each trail has a distinct, uniquely dynamic character all its own. Incredible, often breathtaking scenery and wildlife sightings (elk, moose, black/grizzly bears, bison, deer, and more!) are guaranteed. Favorites, to name just a few, include Cascade Canyon, Granite Canyon and Amphitheater Lake.

Hiking Backpack Trekking – Hiking Activity Year Round

The Teton Mountains are open year-round, offering skiing in the winter and hiking, backcountry adventures and mountain climbing in the summer, with varying degrees of difficulty. The winter brings cross country skiers, snowshoeing, photographers, and mountaineers to the Teton Mountains.  The Jackson Hole Ski Resort is on the eastern face of Rendezvous Mountain and provides excellent food and accommodations.  Grand Targhee Resort is another option for those coming from the Idaho side of the range. A Visitor Center park ranger is there to consult and provide information before embarking on any hiking, which is advisable.

Summer Offers Backpacking Backpack Camping

Hiking backpack trips during the summer provide this spectacular area which is known for its many hiking trails and backpacking excursions. The most popular short hikes are in the vicinity of Jenny Lake and the Jackson Lake Lodge. From the south Jenny Lake parking area, a boat crosses the lake and transports visitors to the base of Cascade Canyon trail, which leads up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Hikers can also trek around the lake. The north route around the lake is relatively unused. Most day-hikers take the boat across and hike back along the south shore.  Any of the Grand Teton’s canyons provide great hiking opportunities for those hardy enough to venture into the center, high country part of the range. Each canyon has a trail head to lead you into the web of trails that traverse the Teton Range.  There are numerous campgrounds throughout the Grand Teton National Park.

Early Morning Visitor

Hiking Backpack Opportunities To See Abundant Wildlife

A diverse wildlife population is found in the Grand Tetons. Thousands of elk, moose, Bison and Pronghorn Antelope can be seen throughout the mountains. On the high peaks around Death Canyon, Fox Creek and South Teton Creek you can sometimes see Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep. Black bears are common but you don’t see Grizzly’s often although they are there. Trumpeter Swans, white Pelicans, Bald Eagles and Ospreys can all be seen at the Snake River. Coyotes, Pica, Beaver and Marmots are abundant. Always respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

Hiking Backpack Wanderers – There Is Much To Do In The Tetons

Horseback riding, Trout Fishing (Snake River) and Elk hunting are popular activities here as well.  Guided tours and hikes, half and full day tours are available.  Teton Wild specializes in private nature and wildlife adventure tours. An expert guide from Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be guiding you to the most incredible places, knowing exactly where to find what you are looking for and to advise you on all outdoor hiking tips, safety and information.

Opportunities For Family Fun

All you need to do is get there, the rest is pure amazement. Happy Hiking.

Outdoor Backpack Hiking – A New Year Resolution Worth Keeping

Feel The Freedom Hiking Offers

Outdoor Backpack Hiking – Beneficial On Many Levels

Outdoor backpack hiking may not be something you’ve ever considered, but now is a great time to start. Losing weight and getting healthier is the number one New Year resolution of all times. It’s also the number one resolution that either fails or never gets started. We all have good intentions, but the mere thought of eating lettuce, constant working out at the gym and failing to lose any significant weight makes us give up. There are no magic pills or fad diets that will keep us as healthy as hiking and light cardio exercise.  But when you do it in a beautiful nature setting, such as outdoor trail hiking, the mind does not feel like it’s pushed to endure something otherwise thought of as negative, aka gyms and starvation diets.

Outdoor Backpack Trekking Is Not Just About Weight Loss

Even if your weight is stable, staying fit becomes more of a challenge every year after age 30. Doctors recommend walking as the best exercise for people of all shapes and ages. It’s pretty powerful how much our thoughts control our behavior and mood. If you strive to put a positive spin on your fitness goals, you will not fail. Walking denoted freedom and does not feel like torture. Exploring beauty in nature is peaceful, not misery. Discovery of what your body is capable of is empowering, not suffering. For example, when we go on vacation, we may walk for miles as a tourist. We enjoy seeing the sights and the revelation of the new surroundings. All of our senses are keen to the visual, sounds and smells of what we are looking at. Outdoor backpack hiking is a very pleasant experience.

Start With Day Pack Hiking

Outdoor backpack hiking is worth attempting. What if we were able to get that level of positive outcome and more from just regular day pack trips ?  Wouldn’t you agree that it would be more stimulating to the mind and more beneficial to the body, all while having a good time? If your mind is open to try daypack hiking, enjoy some fresh air and simply walk, it could open up a whole new world of enjoyment for you without seeming like tedious exercise. Your attitudes of feeling agonized and your perception of a “workout” will no longer be a dreaded task, but instead, you’ll find yourself anxious to get out there and trek the trail again. Practically every town has hiking trails. Check your local area listings. If the new adventurous you wants to forge your own path, I say go for it!

Hiking Backpack Trail Walks? UGH! I Get Hungrier When I Exercise

You may feel that any kind of exercise just makes you hungrier, or as I say, Hangry!  Thirst can give your brain a signal that feels like hunger. During hiking, if you keep yourself hydrated and take time to rest if you feel tired or challenged, you can re-energize with a light snack which will help keep your metabolism boosted. The benefits of that is more productive calorie burning. 

If you start a fitness “diet”, people tend to think if they just eat vegetables only, they’ll lose weight. Maybe so, but if you do not incorporate proteins and some good carbs in your eating, you will lose muscle tone. To do your best when backpack hiking, you will want to develop muscle tone, not lose it. How many times have you gone to the gym, ate practically nothing, then came home and were ravenous so you grabbed the first type of comfort food you could get your hands on, or worse yet, stopped for fast food on the way home. A good rule is to never let yourself get TOO hungry, tired or defeated.

Make sure your hiking pack has plenty of water and snacks to fuel your body such as granola bars, protein bars, nuts and dried fruits. Ready-made tuna in pouches is available in any grocery store. Stay away from empty calories like soda, candy and heavy mayo on processed deli meat.

Hiking Backpack Treks – It’s Your Resolution Worth Keeping

Hiking backpack trail walking is doable for anyone. The point of this conversation is to understand that trail hiking is not a difficult laborious exercise in disguise. It can be as light or strenuous as you choose. The benefits come from being in the great outdoors, getting Vitamin D from the sun, encouraging your heart and lungs to work better and having overall better health while doing something awesome. If you start out slow on a flat hiking trail for just an hour or two the first few times out, you can build up gradually to longer hikes and more challenging terrain, which ultimately burns more calories. Try backpack hiking and make the resolution to not give up on you.  Happy hiking!

Rucksack Backpack Hiking – I’m Afraid To Go!

Conquer Your Fears – Trek Away!

Rucksack backpack hiking, which is just another term for backpack hiking, can be scary to some people. Whether it’s because we tend to live more indoor lives than past generations or watch too many TV reality shows about survival in jungles, the fear of nature seems to be a trend in all ages. If wild animals and bugs or snakes make you think of time out in the wild as creepy, don’t worry, you’re not alone. With a little information, you can eliminate your fears and apprehension of the wildlife within nature and fall in love with hiking and camping. It has been amazing to hear friends that believed hiking was definitely not for them when actually it was. They had spent so much time being nervous about nature, which ended up being something they craved more and more. Let’s examine common fears of the great outdoors.

Rucksack Backpack Hiking Is Incredible

What I love most about hiking and the outdoors is breathing that clean air. It both energizes and soothes me. It’s sad to think today’s children and even many adults would rather sit in the house and be entertained by video games than experience the world outside. I used to be amazed at city kids that never saw a real cow in a pasture. Now, I am shocked when a kid doesn’t know what a real lake or forest looks like, other than in a school book. Having never seen a live rabbit, deer or squirrel seems unbelievable. Fear in adults can create apathy and fear in our children.  Sometimes fear keeps us safe, which is a good thing, but imagine if you showed your friends and children how glorious hiking can be, they would pick up on your enthusiasm and want to join in the fun.

Rucksack Backpack Trekking – Start By Learning

Everything new in life starts with a first. Find a hiking guide or a friend who enjoys backpack hiking and just spend an hour on a random trail. Start with your ears. Acclimate yourself to the sounds around you. Whether it’s birds, or the breeze making tree branches sway, or maybe the sound of your footsteps on the ground crunching leaves or sticks. Never having heard a hawk, a bobcat or a coyote, could be alarming at first. But once you know what you’re hearing, it becomes much less scary. You will, over time, relish the sounds of the wild over the daily typical noises you hear in your neighborhood. The first time you may have heard a squirrel fight, you were probably petrified until you realized what was making the noise.

Rucksack backpack hikes require you to take everything in with your eyes. Mountains can be daunting when you think of the climb to the top. Yet with a trail that gradually leads to the top with rest spots along the way, your hiking expedition seems doable. A huge hawk could appear like he was waiting for you to approach, it makes your heart skip a beat until you realize all he was doing was enjoying some sun or looking for much smaller prey like a chipmunk. Can you see how your thoughts control your feelings in regards to real danger as opposed to something perfectly normal within nature?  Some fear is good, but most is crippling to those seeking adventure. Being afraid is stopping them from the enjoyment.

Rucksack Backpack Explorations – Facts Not Myths

It’s hard to comprehend how snakes, spiders and field mice, despite the difference in our size compared to them, could possibly be more scared of you than the reverse. But it’s true, they want nothing to do with you. They won’t chase you. They’re not going to stalk your tent, or covertly plan to follow or torment you. Reassure yourself by reading up on the behavior of wild animals that house in the area you will be hiking before you go out, use the information to alleviate your fears. Get facts from forest rangers, trail guides and experienced hikers. Their information is more powerful than an overactive imagination.

Have Respect Not Fear For Wildlife While Rucksack Backpack Hiking

Bears

Rucksack backpack hikers with experience know how to minimize the risk of an encounter with bears, even though they may roam within your hiking area. Information is key to help you feel in control. Store your food items in a bear canister, make noise with your hiking poles or a long stick as you walk. Have a strategy when hiking in bear country so that panic doesn’t overrule your knowledge and understanding of the animal.

Bats

Only in movies do bats drink human blood or fly in your face. They only swoop down to eat insects.  Don’t handle one and rabies is not an issue.

Lightning   

Rucksack backpack trekking is not dangerous during storms if you take precautions. If a storm moves in while you are on the hiking trail and you see lightning, it can be scary. I was afraid during my first few encounters. Get away from water, toss your metal hiking poles and backpack, if it has a metal frame, 100 feet away from you. Seek shelter under a large group of trees rather than a lone isolated tree. In open areas, find the lowest point and move there quickly.

Rucksack Backpack Hikers Admit – Snakes Petrify Me

Believe it or not, snakes are very timid. They can feel the ground tremble and will hide when they realize humans are approaching. Use a long stick or your hiking pole and tap the ground as you walk. Make sure you don’t lift up any big rocks or large potential pieces of firewood, since this is where they like to hide. Tap any rocks with a lengthy trekking pole FIRST before you move them.  Only walk through tall grass if you have to, and then watch your step and tap the ground ahead of you as you proceed.

Wearing high-top hiking boots can protect from a bite if it happens. Not all snakes are deadly. The terms venomous and poisonous are often used interchangeably, but they are actually different.  Poisonous means that the toxin will absorb through the skin, such as if you pick up the snake. (Who would do that?)  Venomous means the toxin has to get into your body through a bite.  If you follow these rules, then you’ll probably see the snake before you do something like step on it or mistake it for a stick and grab it. The snake will probably slither away. If it doesn’t, then just walk around it, giving it a wide girth and continue on your way.

Rucksack backpack hikers, this information is not to scare you, but to prepare you, which can alleviate fear. Knowledge is power over fear. Most venomous snakes will give you a warning before striking.  Snakes have really bad eyesight so they use their tongues for eyes.   They lift up their heads and stick their tongue out. Their tongues can detect odors in the air and use them to figure out where you are.  The reason their tongues are forked is because the tongue sends signals to both sides of their brain.   Rattlesnakes will coil before they strike.  Some snakes (both venomous and non-venomous) will also make hissing noises or shake their tails before striking.

If you spot a snake and it is about to strike, do NOT run!  Remember, the snakes are giving you a warning before striking. If you run away or jump back from a snake that feels threatened, you’ll just scare the snake more and it may strike out at you.  Instead, remain still without make any sudden movements and slowly back away from the snake.  If the snake is coming towards you, it probably means that it hasn’t detected you.  If you stomp the ground, the snake will detect the vibrations and will change direction.  Or you could just stay completely still.  The snake won’t even know you are there.  It might slither right over your feet.  So long as you remain motionless, it won’t strike you!

Rucksack Backpack Travelers – Live The Outdoor Hiking Experience

The great outdoors isn’t some terribly dangerous place where malicious wild animals lurk around every corner waiting to kill you. But if you are heading into nature and have no clue about how to act in it, then your fears are justified.  You could end up doing something careless out of ignorance, but I don’t advise just heading out without some basic tips and information that will lead to a great experience instead of an “I’ll never do that again!” scenario.

Rucksack backpack exploration should not be hampered by fear, or it could stand in the way of you enjoying something new.  Confidence creates empowerment which leads the way to full enjoyment of backpack hiking.  You can take measures to minimize your risk of an unpleasant encounter by taking reasonable precautions. Don’t put your hands and feet in places you can’t see, and check your boots before putting them on. In the unlikely event that you’re bitten or stung, know the proper first aid. Understand that fear in the outdoors is part of your experience and nothing to be ashamed of.  Face your fears instead of becoming paralyzed by them. Don’t take your first few hikes alone until you are comfortable in where you hike and the surroundings.   Happy hiking!