When ?
  • Most backpackers are 3-seasoned, which means their season starts in April/May and ends in October/November in Northern Hemisphere. Generally, I would suggest beginners to plan their trips in Summer, because of the longer day and warmer temperature. Once you get a sense of what it is going on, then plan your trips in Early Spring and Fall.

  • Winter, in fact, is the best season for backpacking trip. However, general public perceive winter camping is dangerous and cumbersome. Each
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    Winter Hut
    season has its pros and cons.

  • Spring provides us awesome views of blooming flowers. Most of the time you will still find snow in mid-elevation. Camping on these patches of snow is the best. It is easier to clean up, and it leaves no trace. However, depending on where you go, Spring also brings a lot of unwanted bugs.

  • Summer provides us longer daylight, which in turn gives us more time to explore and make longer distance if we have to. You can jump into a lake or sun bathe on a beach. However, it is crowded everywhere you go. Besdies, it always comes with the price of sunburns and mosquito bites.

  • Fall (Autumn) gives us cooler temparture and less crowded campsites. It also
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    Bear Print
    gives us a good view of changing colours. Maples turn red and Aspens turn yellow. However, beware of bears in the backcountry. Fall will be their final days for meals before they hibernate.

  • Winter gives us a completely different look of the nature. It usually brings you incredible pictures. The tradeoff is that you need to haul a lot more gear to keep you warm.

Where ?
  • Your hiking party's experience and ability will determine where you should go. The things that you should consider will be the distances you will travel, elevation gain/drop, and most importantly Safety. Your trip should not involve any serious injury risks, unless your party are very skilled.

  • Plan your route that will involve some fun such as dunking into a lake or playing Olympics games on a beach. You should also consider what your party wants. Some people will go for nature views, some will go for a peak summit, and others may settle with a nap under a tree.

  • Choosing the terrain will also be very important. A lot of ups and downs will frustrate most beginners with a heavy backpack. It will be too boring if there are no views to enjoy along the trail. Consider a trail that passes through different types of terrain such as rainforest, meadows or rock fields.

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Rain Cloud is coming

How to Start ?
  • Go to a local bookstore and grab a hiking book. Nowadays, most hiking books will give the entire trip plan and difficulty ratings.
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    Peak Summit
    This should give you an overall idea of what you want to start with.

  • Also consider to join a local outdoors club. Meet with people and shared their experiences. You will always find some nice surprises. You'll never know until you try it.

  • Here are some of my tips.
    • An average person can walk 2 - 2.5km/hour with a heavy pack. This should give you a general idea of how long it will take to complete a certain distance.
    • Always add at least 30 minutes rest time per 2 hours of hiking in your travel plan.
    • Don't carry more than 1/3 of your own body weight. Overloading yourself will only bring tortures to your feet and shoulders.

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