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Brush up on the basics of backpacking with tips, tricks and advice from backpacker experts. Hiking 101..

So you are the first to backpack and scan a map in front of you First true night.. You may be thinking, I can set up a tent anywhere, right? error.Certainly, the beauty of carrying a portable home on your back is that you Maybe …Theoretically, you can install it anywhere you can imagine, and if you need to evacuate as soon as possible in an emergency, it doesn’t matter.

But when it comes to choosing a campsite, some are better than others. From an etiquette point of view, your camp must not infringe on the experience of other hikers and must not cause permanent damage or change to the landscape as you leave. And from a comfort standpoint, any veteran backpacker knows that campsite choices can make the difference between a miserable night and a peaceful night.

Novice backpackers should consider visiting trails rich in established campgrounds. These affected locations reveal where to camp with evidence such as clear tent sites and platforms. On some trails, you can also book spots in advance to ensure that you have the best place to camp. But on other trails, you have to find your own campsite.Follow these tips to find the ideal location Set up a tent.

Make sure you are off the trail.

We’ve seen it before: First-timers decide to call it stop walking that day and throw gear on the first flat dirt patch they’ve seen. The exception is that the flat soil patch happens to be a trail, and uh, some of us are still hiking here. You can see why this is a problem.

Make sure your location is at least 200 feet away from the trail to maintain a close view for your own privacy and other hikers. It would be even better if you could set up your tent in an unobtrusive place, such as a wooden stand or behind a rock. Even if you’re just a short walk from the trail, you don’t feel like you’re the only one around.

Bring the water closer. However, do not get too close.

You will want easy access to rivers, streams, or lakes Fill your water bottle I’ll cook dinner. But like a trail, try to sleep at least 200 feet below the water’s edge. This ensures that camps do not block wildlife access to water and kitchen (and personal) waste does not pollute the water. It’s good for you too. Camping right next to the water can cause a lot of unpleasant condensation in the tent all night and can be more buggy than in other areas.

Look for flat ground.

How can I ensure sleep deprivation? Lying on sloping ground, slip off the pad or slip into your partner all night. Look for a flat area that fits your tent, but make sure you’re not camping in a low area where water can collect in the event of a storm.

camp Durable surface.

The last thing you want is that your tent will hurt the landscape in the long run. The stuffed soil, rocks, sand and dry grass can cope with the effects of the camp for a few nights and will heal after you leave. On the other hand, moss, fragile alpine plants, and wild flowers may not, so avoid tents on them. If you’re staying for multiple nights, look for sites that look like they’re popular, but be careful not to expand your campsite.

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Camping in the forest? Be careful not to put up a tent under a dead branch called a widow. It’s certainly a shame if the wind knocks you down one of them at midnight. Some tree covers can provide excellent protection and privacy. Make sure they are alive and sturdy.

Get out of the wind.

If that rock under your sleep pad doesn’t keep you all night, the flapping of your tent will certainly do so in the wind. Moreover, no one wants to fight a gust while trying to light a camping stove. Look for some rocks, sloping ground, or hiding behind bushes or trees, especially if you have a windy night in the future.

Bonus points with a good view.

When choosing a campsite, flat ground, water access and a durable surface are essential. A good place to watch the sunset is just gravy. A spot to sit and cook with felled logs and flat rocks.All novice backpackers suffer from wet, windy, or unpleasant nights at some point. By practicing, you will learn to recognize the best tent sites to keep your home away from home. To relieve the stress of finding a campsite, take the time to search your hiking schedule and don’t rush before it gets dark. Finding a place to rest when you’re already tired and hungry is not fun. When you arrive at a good campsite, unload your luggage and look around. A little exploration without weight on your back can be a pleasant surprise. And as always The principle of leaving no tracePlan ahead, and you are sure to find some A magnificent spot to rest your head.

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