Backpack in conjunction with hiking can be a wonderful experience. To some backpackers it is important and provides a sense of being, existence. Backpacking allows hikers to experience, what they consider the "real" world as opposed to any version often associated with mass tourism, which has led to the assertion that backpackers are anti-tourist. For many, backpacking is a rite of passage. Backpacking trips were traditionally undertaken either in a "gap year" between high school and university, or between the latter and the commencement of work. However, the average age of backpackers has gradually increased over time, and it is now more common to see people in their 30s, 40s, and even older to backpack during an extended career break. Some retirees enjoy backpacking and are also making large treks such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, and/or the Pacific Crest trail.
Social media has had a major impact on the hiking and backpacking communities. Not only are people able to get more and more information through social media, they are also able to see the results of many people their own age completing these epic hikes. This alone is enough to empower the adventurous mind in all of us. Whether you are planning to backpack, hike, kayak, or camp in the Adirondacks of New York. Being able to get out and explore the wonderful outdoors can be a huge boost to one’s health and well-being.
It is just as important to prepare yourself for any type of outing, and not merely throw on a pack and head out the door. Planning is a crusial part of backpacking, as is being in physical shape, packing and carrying the essential gear needed depending on the type of adventure you are planning.Backpacking Thruhiking Appalachian Trail