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How to get started.
By: B. Grimnes

Remember that we all started at one time. We recommend that you to start with easy and low impact hikes. Hikes can be as simple as a walk on some trails in a local or state park. Start there one weekend for the day. Load a daypack with snacks, water, and a first aid kit. Resist the temptation to overload yourself for now. Don�t forget the camera and binoculars and see how it goes.

If you decide, like many, that this is more fun than watching television, it is time to look at purchasing the proper stuff and equipment. It is always good to get the recommendation of others. Seek out other hiker and observe or ask what equipment they are using. Often joining a local hiking and camping club might be helpful. This will also allow you to see the product in action and if it works or not. Hikers do not hike alone, so find a buddy or a group and enjoy the outdoors together. We are friendly people that really want to share our experiences so don�t be shy.

Basic items you will need for an overnight trip

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food
  • Water
  • Cooking Processes (stove or fire)
  • Cookware
  • Flatware
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear
  • Toiletries
There are many different hiking and camping items on the market today. You should be looking for quality over price or to purchase the best you can for your budget. You need a lot of things and the costs add up quickly. So make a list and compare prices. There is a direct relationship between an items weight and its cost. In general, the lighter an item is, the more it costs.

Test your stuff out

Before you take off for the wilderness we recommend that you test your equipment a couple of different ways. First, on a nice day, take the camping equipment out to the backyard. Do a practice run setting up the tent, etc. Pack and unpack your stuff a few times to see how it best fits you and your pack.

Next, plan a trip to overnight campsite at a local park. Select a site that has no electricity or water. Remember, that is what you will encounter on the hike so you might as well get use to it now. This is where you will find out that there are a number of small items you have forgot. Keep those in mind and include them on the next trip. Once you feel comfortable then take off on the overnight.

Plan the trip

Plan where you will go and create a tentative schedule of where you will be. Leave a copy with your neighbor or friend. Check the weather and pack accordingly or postpone the trip if bad weather is coming. There is nothing worst then sitting in a tent for an entire weekend in the rain. Watching television is better than that.

Make a list of each item you will need. Make a list! I promise you that it is the only way you will not forget anything. And when you are out in the wilderness, you don�t want to forget anything. You know what I mean� And even though you have a list, I promise, you will forget something. But you are a smart camper and add it to your list for the next time. After two or three trips you will have it down.

Now go hiking and camping�

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