Setting Goals for Hiking is the Key to Avoiding Being a Camper-By-Default

backpackersAs a hiker, you would know if you are a camper-by-default, who keeps a backpack overloaded, stuffing in every gear you could carry. Only to realise during the hike that a heavy backpack makes the activity far from being fun.

Backpacking as Part of Goal Setting

Most hikers get to that point, especially beginners that rely on conventional wisdom to fill in their vague sense of what makes mountain climbing leisure than a challenge. There are more important factors that ultimate hikers consider than the weight of the backpack. These include hiking objective, environmental and route conditions, and tools that can help you achieve those goals while keeping you safe and comfortable.

Preparing Properly says these factors will shape your daily itinerary, the type of gear you need to bring, and ultimately help you prepare appropriately. On the other hand, neglecting those factors will increase the likelihood of you leaving items behind that could have improved the safety and comfort level of your adventure.

You could have avoided shivering in the biting cold, getting pestered by mosquitoes, or having your food stolen by wild monkeys or bears if you knew the conditions you would encounter along the trail.

Generic Pros and Cons vs. Case-to-Case Applicability

Your gear also reflect your knowledge of its functions as well as its limitations. Waterproof and water-breathable fabrics can be nuances in certain conditions and while water purifiers and filters are necessary during these trips, is such treatment really effective?

Knowing so little about the pros and cons of equipment and its case-to-case applicability can make you look like you have just come out from an outdoor shop and bought everything for sale, including those you could use for what-if scenarios like camping light bars and a set of first-aid kit.

Common Sense Skills

Your skill level will increase as your hiking and camping experience widens. However, you can always learn basic and common sense skills like how to read the map, find good campsites, how to protect your food from rodents, how to load a backpack, address basic health issues, and even make a fire.

Must-have outdoor products like an extensive cook set, a water-filter pump and light bars are not recommended as such for nothing. However, it’s the applicability of the gear to your objectives that is important.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.