Even if you have never hiked with a backpack before, you can become a successful backpacker by learning how to properly prepare yourself and your equipment.
A few years back, we knew next to nothing about backpacking.
We were backpacking beginners that spring... completely inexperienced, as we headed out on a few "practice hikes" and weekend backpacking trips with our Scout troop.
For several months we did our best to prepare for the upcoming 11-day trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of New Mexico, but we weren't sure if we were ready.
But by the end of the summer we had successfully carried our loaded packs over 100 miles at elevations up to 11,400 feet!
Obviously, we learned some things along the way!
You're about to discover our favorite hiking and backpacking tips, fresh from the trail, to help you plan your next trip.
Hi! We're Dave and Dan Stevenson, and we've now completed two 11-day treks at Philmont Scout Ranch -- Dan as an Eagle Scout the second time, and Dave as a Scout leader pretending to be a teenager again.
We've created this website to help you in planning your own adventures, whether with a Scout troop, with friends who love the great outdoors, or even on a solo adventure backpacking around the world.
We've gathered ideas from our own experiences, as well as from other hikers, and you'll find them throughout the many helpful articles.
So, let's get started with our top tip:
Prepare. Nothing is worse than heading out on an exciting adventure and then discovering that you are completely unprepared. The extra time you spend planning your trip will never be wasted, and it might save your life.
The good news is that preparing for a hike or trek doesn't have to be a big mystery. We'll point you to some awesome information and trail-tested tips that will make your outdoor adventure run more smoothly.
So, sit back and enjoy exploring our collection of articles and tips before you head out exploring that mountain trail.
See you on the trail!