My Top 10 Backpacking Tips – Tip #1 (Pick your backpacking location)

I have lived most of my life and done most of my camping in Minnesota so my Top 10 tips for you are based on my experiences in Minnesota. However, I believe these tips apply to backpacking regardless of your preferred location.  This is the first in a 10 part series that will provide one backpacking tip every day for the next 10 days starting today (November 1, 2011).  Enjoy!!!

Tip #1 – Plan your trip in advance and get permission to go backpacking on the the desired property

Chinook North Star 3 Person Tent - BackpackingTents

Chinook North Star 3 Person Tent - BackpackingTents

The United States is packed with tons of great backpacking opportunities and locations where you can pitch your backpacking tents.  You can camp in the Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains or Colorado Rocky Mountains and never cover all the territory in your lifetime of hiking.  The same holds true for hiking the trails in Minnesota where pristine lakes, tall pine trees, rippling rivers and streams and the sound of a cackling pheasant or the haunting call of a loon are bountiful.

All of these areas are available to you but you should always check ahead to make sure you have permission to backpack in the desired area.  Some wilderness areas or national forests may require a permit.  You may have to reserve a campsite or pay a small fee depending on where you are going.  Don’t be caught off guard and not be prepared.  There is nothing more depressing than arriving at your final destination and learning you can’t do what you wanted to do.

Make sure the location where you are going to camp has available sites for you to pitch your backpacking tent.  If you are going with friends, inquire as to whether or not the campgrounds allows two tents on one site.  If you reserve your site in December or January for the following spring or summer, you are likely to get a good site.  However, if you wait until later than March, you may find the more popular campgrounds are filled up.

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One Response

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