Hiking is one thing! One great thing, of course. But backpacking takes it to a whole other level!
It's like "this one goes to 11!"
Maybe you're thinking of making the leap from day trips to overnight trips, but you're feeling a bit intimidated by carrying the heavy pack...?
I know this was my experience when I decided to dust of my North Face 30L backpack after oh...about 2o years!
Was I nervous this time around? You bet.
So I broke down the areas that I knew I would need to work on if I wanted to have fun filled trip. One where I felt confident in my body. One where I wasn't worried if my legs would ache at night and keep me up. One where I wouldn't regret not having a heating pad for my back, or an ice pack for my knee! That stuff is hard to come by in the back country!!
So here's what I focused on...
1. Started walking more. Lots more.
2. Strengthened my butt (it's not as easy as it sounds!)
3. Got my mid back loosened up.
4. Worked on my feet.
5. Practiced carrying stuff.
If you want to read more about the tips, check out the full guide I created here...