I’m here to answer the questions that many have asked me – “What do need to go backpacking?”
There are many things to consider, but I hope to get started with the essentials, and hopefully in the future add more video on this topic.
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  1. Awesome Video and great tips . I plan on doing A lot of walking , hiking , camping , all across the country . I have experiences with local Hiking in park trails , and few camping trips , but this I plan on taking on a whole new journey leave my home for awhile , and travel the country on foot every state , and as many places I can see .

  2. I moved to VA a few years back, i am looking to get back to camping.
    What is the best way to plan a trip to ensure you can have a camp fire
    and a location for tents. I know many areas only allow you to camp in
    certain areas along the trail. I much more prefer back country stuff
    with seclusion. Anyone have any ideas or tips on planning trips like

  3. Try Andrew Skurka for an extensive knowledge base, as I recall he's got 17,000 miles backpacking. Also Ray Jardine is considered to be the Guru of ultralight backpacking, and he explains his reasoning for his ultralight philosophy from an engineers perspective. Google those two names for a start.

  4. Great video, thanks. Footwear should be at the top of your list? – if your boots aren't right you'll never hike again! One pound on your foot = 5 lb on your back!!! Break new boots in inside the house (with tags on so you can return them, if needed), then off to a park (asphalt and concrete paths eat soles). Girls, beware heavy boots – men tend to wear heavier shoes during the week so the transition to chunky boots is less challenging. if you don't plan to carry heavy loads consider Salomon trail runners.

    Agree a hip-belt, and some sort of frame, are key for a comfortable pack. Renting is a good option until you know hiking is for you and the type of hiking you like (e.g. section hiking, day hiking etc).