10 MANDATORY Backpacking Skills

Did you ever go on a backpacking trip which turned out to be a complete disaster, despite the fact that you carried along all the things you would need? Perhaps you brought matches, but weren’t able to get a fire to start anyway. To make sure you have an enjoyable and safe experience in the wilderness, you will need much more than just good gear. You have to know how some things are done, and here is a list to help you get started:

1. Learn how to start a fire. If you need to, practice on your own yard, but try to do so with a single match alone. Then, try it again when it’s raining.

2. Learn how to pitch tents. If this is done incorrectly, rain can enter and the wind could tear its seams. Tents need to be pitched very tight. Also, you have to be able to set tents up within just a couple of minutes.

3. Know how you can keep warm. Practice your camping skills in your own yard, to find out how you can block the wind and how eating foods filled with fat and wearing hats before going to bed can help you stay warm.

4. Learn how to cook over fires. This is not as simple as it sounds. The wind needs to be blocked; the pan needs to be covered; the fire needs to be kept concentrated and small. Practice a lot and set a timer. Doing things faster is always better in emergencies, and keep in mind that there is a possibility of your stove breaking.

5. Learn which plants are edible. Learning how cattails are identified, as well as several edible berries in the wild could turn your trip into a more enjoyable one, most of all if you end up losing all of your food when a bear comes along.

6. Know how you should walk. By knowing how you should pace yourself, as well as walk comfortably on rocky terrain, you can end up less tired; in fact, you could even save yourself from a twisted ankle.

7. Learn all about animals. Find out how you can tell if bears are stalking you and what to do in such a situation. If he makes a lot of noise, he probably just wants to scare you away.

8. Watch the sky. It would be helpful to know whether a storm is coming. Know the basics in weather prediction to ensure more safety.

9. Know simple first aid. An important thing you may want to know is how to recognize hypothermia symptoms and how to treat blisters.

10. Know how to navigate. Maps and compasses will not help if they aren’t used properly.

There is no need to turn into a wilderness survival expert in order to enjoy hiking trips, but it does help to learn something. Use these skills to learn something useful and new.

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One Response to “10 MANDATORY Backpacking Skills”

  1. Greg says:

    Great article, I think a lot of people over look the basics and that often leads to trouble. If you just get out there and practice this kind of stuff it will be a tremendous amount of help if you ever find yourself in trouble.

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