Leaving the beaten path behind and striking out into the backcountry can be a peaceful and rewarding experience for any hiker. Maybe you're looking for a new challenge. Maybe you're just looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful, solitary hike.
Whatever your reasons, it is important to understand that while anyone can successfully enjoy a backcountry experience, proper preparation and understanding of the backcountry is critical for a safe and successful trip.
Tips & Warnings
Carry as little as possible, though be sure to be well prepared for any situation. Extra weight adds extra fatigue.
Take frequent breaks, at least ten minutes for every hour of hiking.
If you are huffing and puffing, you are walking too fast. Slow down and enjoy the scenery.
Do not be stingy on food and water! In fact, this should be the majority of the weight you carry, as this is what fuels you for your hike.
If at all possible, hike with at least one other person. There really is safety in numbers.
Article Written By Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.