My son going on a backpacking trip this summer with the Boy Scouts. It sounded fun and I want to get him ready before he goes. I look forward not to going with him, haven't been yet but have the date and trip planned and hope as the other children get older to include them in this activity as well.
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are but princesses that are waiting to see us act just once with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest essence, something helpless that needs our love." -Rainer Maria Rilke
Growing up we had a cabin in the mountains. So I was always in the mountains playing in the dirt or exploring in someway. I always remember the solitude of my environment. Also my parents loved to camp and explore. We camped a lot, but we always took a good couple of weeks in the summer to go some where far away to camp and explore. Plus when i was little I use to like to play survivor. I always remember laying in my bed before I went to sleep on how to get out of particular places. I would pretend that I was stuck in a blizzard and have to survive. Sometimes it was just me having to survive and some other times I would pretend I had to save others. It was one of my favorite games to play survivor. Anyone else do this as a child. So hiking, backpacking and camping just normal. I don't feel its just a want for me to be out in the environment, but a need.
I grew up hiking, camping, fishing and being outdoors. But when I decided to do my first BP trip I was going solo into the Grand Canyon. I read books, I asked quesstions to the ranger and used the Yahoo Group (there is a lot of good on the internet). My first trip has had me hooked and I normally don't leave the house without my pack now. Or should I say one of my packs.
BBriggs is right. Gear has changed so much and I have learnt the many things I don't need to take and learned the hard way of a few things I do need. :)
I love to be the person prepared for anything and I am happy to say we have helped many a person in distress to get out of the canyon.
I just love being out with other folks and the friendliness that goeswith it.
I grew up doing it as well as climbing. Started with my dad camping and canoeing. Moved on to Boy Scouts and then Explorer post Search and Rescue. Then it was climbing, X-country skiing,mountaineering, and backpacking in hi-school and college. Just returned to my hobbies 3 years ago sfter coaching baseball for 18 years and wrestling for ten. Some of my kids even come with me at times. The gear available these days is so much better than it used to be. Lighter more comfortable ,better thought out, and way more waterproofoh and breathable too.
For me it was hiking, and then my hiking friends suggested going on an overnight. Even though the pack was heavy, and hurt my shoulders, and I was tired after lugging all that gear, just being out there and self-sufficient (in a way) was so wonderful and rewarding, I was hooked!
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