I was 13 when I went trekking through the Salmon River Valley, Idaho for a month and went on my first backpacking trip. NOLS course. My family wasn’t particularly outdoors (a conservative expression!), So this trip was my first time camping and spending a lot of time outdoors. From the moment I put the 40-pound pack on my shoulder, I loved everything from unimaginable star density, self-sufficiency, and the joy / fear of being completely vulnerable to elements. Since then, I’ve been on many backpacking trips that took me to some of the most beautiful places I can imagine, but recent trekking along the 41-mile Timberline Trail surrounding Mount Hood is me. It was one of my favorites and the most challenging. When I posted about my trip to Instagram, I got so many questions that I couldn’t avoid posting! Below are my tips for assistance.