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Choosing The Proper Backpack - The First Step To A Fun-Filled Hiking Adventure!

Dec 11, 2007
If you are looking for an outdoor sporting activity, camping is one and the other is hiking. Though Camping may not be considered a "sport" by many outdoor activity enthusiasts, it is a good way to get away from the madding crowd for a few days at least.

If your intention is to get away into the wilderness and be one with nature for some time, camping is the choice to make. Though the only exercise you will be getting is from walking and carrying your backpack on your shoulders, camping can prove to be a great pastime to rejuvenate your energy. Hiking, on the contrary is more of an exercise because walking and trekking is a major part and parcel of the deal. So whichever of the two you may choose, you will need good quality equipment to keep you from missing the luxury of your apartment back home.

When you have finally decided on the kind of camping or hiking gear you will be using it is a good idea to take some time to analyze the whole outfit, this will help you in deciding the size of the backpack you need to get.

You will also need to take into consideration the weight of the backpack you will be comfortable carrying, considering you will be lugging it around for hours on end. You do not want to tire yourself out at short intervals because your goal is to get some exercise, and so you do not want to take frequent breaks from walking.

A heavy and cumbersome backpack will ruin your fun on your adventure. Adjustable shoulder backpacks are the most common and recommended as these can be adjusted to fit snugly on your shoulders without the biting or pinching around the waist or shoulders that lead to annoyance and difficulty while hiking or trekking.

Some hiking and camping backpacks have integrated aluminum frames designed to add support to the back by giving the backpack a definite shape. The weight the frames add to the backpack is negligible because of the hollow nature of the structure. The design of the frame is to evenly disperse the weight of the pack and the external bar of the frame concentrates the weight closer around center of gravity of the body, the hip region of the hiker.

Most of the hiking and camping backpacks have side pockets made out of the material the whole backpack is constructed out of; some backpacks have these pockets made out of wire mesh or more durable material. These external mesh pockets are not waterproof most of the time so be careful what you store in them. While choosing your backpack ensures that the pockets are waterproof and easily accessible. The backpack must also have large pockets to store clean and dirty linen separately. It should also have additional compartments that allow the hiker to organize his or her hiking gear in a way that is easy to access.

Once you have made a good choice in your backpack you can be assured of hours of fun on many of natures adventure trails.
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