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Backpacking – Where Do I start?

So you have decided to give backpacking a shot. Now, where do you 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!

Take a look a some “How To Articles.” These are all based on my trials and tribulations throughout the years.

I could list more, but you can also check out the list @ the Q&A Tag on the right side of the page.

Planning & Logistics

This is often one of the hardest parts of the trips, but one I enjoy the most!

I have a tag for gear lists. I update one 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.

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

Not all trails have these pages, and some trails I did years ago, but I’m working to update them as I have time.

Contacting Me

If you can’t find the information you need, don’t hesitate to email me a contact@averagehiker.com. Even if I’m hiking, I’ll probably get back to you in a day or so.