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trav
2013-09-05, 21:38
I walked on my local rail trail for an hour today with a light rucksack load. Yesterday did 90 mins with no pack and went 5 miles. I'm in decent shape and do light hiking every so often. I try to walk or jog around 3 miles most days. Any tips for training to go on my first backpacking trip 2 months from now? It'll be just one or two nights in Indiana or Ohio so no mountains to speak of.

Skidsteer
2013-09-05, 21:45
Sounds like you won't have any trouble.

SGT Rock
2013-09-05, 22:17
Have fun with it.

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Roche
2013-09-05, 22:37
This is what I tell new scouts. Test your gear out in the backyard (tents, stoves). If you never camped out before, do an overnight in the backyard. Stay hydrated. Have fun. You flatten the learning curve after the first trip.

Lugnut
2013-09-05, 23:23
Ohio has some difficult climbs. You might be better to start with Indiana since I hear it's as flat as a pancake.

trav
2013-09-05, 23:40
I'm a veteran camper, but only car camping. I'm not planning on buying much new gear if any because I've got a lot. Plus I'm going with 2 experienced backpackers.

I thought Indiana was flat as a pancake when I first moved here 10 years ago, but it depends on where you are. The lower part of the state doesn't have much altitude but there's plenty of relief in the landscape.

Tin Man
2013-09-06, 00:01
I'm a veteran camper, but only car camping. I'm not planning on buying much new gear if any because I've got a lot. Plus I'm going with 2 experienced backpackers.

I thought Indiana was flat as a pancake when I first moved here 10 years ago, but it depends on where you are. The lower part of the state doesn't have much altitude but there's plenty of relief in the landscape.

you might consider getting relief in the bushes... after you dig a cathole

sheepdog
2013-09-06, 00:39
Start in Ohio. Every hike will have to be better. End in Michigan so you are not disappointed with every where else.

SGT Rock
2013-09-06, 05:37
I'm a veteran camper, but only car camping. I'm not planning on buying much new gear if any because I've got a lot. Plus I'm going with 2 experienced backpackers.

I thought Indiana was flat as a pancake when I first moved here 10 years ago, but it depends on where you are. The lower part of the state doesn't have much altitude but there's plenty of relief in the landscape.

It might have to do with carrying stuff on your back. Hills get a lot steeper and higher when you strap on a 40 pound pack.

Roche
2013-09-06, 06:43
I'm a veteran camper, but only car camping. I'm not planning on buying much new gear if any because I've got a lot. Plus I'm going with 2 experienced backpackers. .
You have nothing to worry about.:top:


It might have to do with carrying stuff on your back. Hills get a lot steeper and higher when you strap on a 40 pound pack.Except for the above fact.:ahhhhh:

And let us know how your first trip went.

MedicineMan4040
2013-09-11, 23:46
Roche I'll go one step backwards and ask how big their living room or den is.
Set up the tent there first with the Youtube instructional guiding in the background.

Lone Wolf
2013-09-12, 07:31
I walked on my local rail trail for an hour today with a light rucksack load. Yesterday did 90 mins with no pack and went 5 miles. I'm in decent shape and do light hiking every so often. I try to walk or jog around 3 miles most days. Any tips for training to go on my first backpacking trip 2 months from now? It'll be just one or two nights in Indiana or Ohio so no mountains to speak of.

it's just walkin'. no training needed

Roche
2013-09-12, 07:33
Good point. I need to pass that on to my new crop of Cub Scouts.

john pickett
2013-09-12, 11:34
"it's just walkin'. no training needed"
Sarge? How do you feel about that advice?

Sargevining
2013-09-12, 11:51
Advice for first time backpackers:

http://godgunspoliticsandhammockcamping.blogspot.com/2013/07/i-want-to-go-backpacking-for-first-time.html

Sargevining
2013-09-12, 11:53
"it's just walkin'. no training needed"
Sarge? How do you feel about that advice?

Heh.

Just walkin is when you don't need to take your shelter with you.

Its called hiking.

Oh, wait---the OTHER Sarge----

Lone Wolf
2013-09-12, 16:41
"it's just walkin'. no training needed"
Sarge? How do you feel about that advice?

i never "trained" for my first ever backpackin' trip. just do it and learn as you bgo

SGT Rock
2013-09-12, 21:41
Was that before or after the Marines?

john pickett
2013-09-13, 10:52
I was thinking of your thru-hike.

Crikey
2013-09-13, 10:58
Pay attention to the weather, know how to set up your shelter, stay hydrated. Once you get your ass kicked a couple of times you'll figure it out.

Cuffs
2013-09-13, 11:06
i never "trained" for my first ever backpackin' trip. just do it and learn as you bgo

Exactly. And like he said before, it's just walkin.

Tin Man
2013-09-13, 11:08
Exactly. And like he said before, it's just walkin.

I find "less is more" helps too...

...or in my case, less gear weight = more room for scotch and wine :)

john pickett
2013-09-13, 16:39
if I have enough wine, it don't matter how much my gear weighs. I'm staying right here. or right here. or right here.....

Skidsteer
2013-09-13, 18:03
if I have enough wine, it don't matter how much my gear weighs. I'm staying right here. or right here. or right here.....

Ah yes. The Rooster Cogburn method.

"Here.(pointing at the ground)We camp here tonight."

Tin Man
2013-09-13, 18:30
if I have enough wine, it don't matter how much my gear weighs. I'm staying right here. or right here. or right here.....

define 'enough'

sheepdog
2013-09-13, 22:58
Ah yes. The Rooster Cogburn method.

"Here.(pointing at the ground)We camp here tonight."

fill your hands you son of a bitch??

john pickett
2013-09-14, 10:39
"define 'enough'"
I define enough the way Pat McManus defines a limit of fish; All you can catch plus 1.

Tin Man
2013-09-14, 11:03
"define 'enough'"
I define enough the way Pat McManus defines a limit of fish; All you can catch plus 1.

that works. you pass...