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Backpacking – Where Do I start?

So you have decided to give backpacking a shot and are wondering where to start.

Backpacking can be a little overwhelming when just starting out.

  • Where do I get gear?
  • What kind do I need?
  • Where should I go?
  • How do I plan?

These are all questions I asked before my first trip. My head was spinning!

You can review some of my “How To Articles” below. These are all based on my trials and tribulations over the years.

You can also check out articles via the Q&A Tags on the right side of the page.

Planning & Logistics

This is can be one of the hardest parts of every trip, but one I enjoy the most!

I have a tag for gear lists which I update for each trip since I’m often trying new gear.

I started adding gear lists recently, so I don’t have them all, but here are a few.


I’ve focused more on planning in my last few hikes.

Each Hike Page has 3 Sections – Overview, Gear, Planning. The Arizona Trail is a good example. There are a few a need to update from older hikes and I’m working on these now.

The Arizona Trail Planning Page takes you through all the “nuts and bolts” of the plan.

  • How I got to the trail
  • What services and tools I used
  • How I labeled resupply boxes
  • What map apps did I use
  • What maps did I use

Contacting Me

If you can’t find the information you need, don’t hesitate to email me a I’m always happy to help out and answer any questions.