By Lisa D. Holmes & Sara Carroll
Whether you consider yourself a beginning backpacker, or it’s been awhile since your last trip and you want to brush up on your skills, this book will help. It provides information about the many gear options that exist; it steps you through the process of planning a trip; and it provides descriptions of ten easy to moderate backpacking trips in Oregon and Washington.
The number of gear options that exist can be intimidating, but fundamentally, your choices will be guided by considering three things: cost, weight, and comfort. Those things vary for each person, but the bottom line is this… you have to be able to afford it, you have to be able to carry it, and you have to be comfortable enough to want to do it again. Here’s a look at the types of gear the book examines:
Planning and completing a backpacking trip requires a range of skills. Some are easy and obvious, while others may be more challenging, but all are skills a novice backpacker can master with practice. This book walks you through the things you need to consider before your first trip. And it focuses on low impact practices and encourages backpackers to be mindful stewards of the wilderness.
This book’s ten trip plans were chosen to showcase some outstanding Pacific Northwest scenery, yet provide easy to moderate trips that make it possible for a beginner to experience everything that backpacking has to offer.