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2/4/12 8:35 P

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1/16/12 11:21 A

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Welcome to the team! Working on endurance for hiking/backpacking will help as well, so hit those trails, and have fun!

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1/15/12 7:19 P

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Sounds like your goal is very similar to mine - getting into better shape to be able to handle the harder hikes and backpacking! The extra weight can really wear somebody down - just think, if someone told you they were carrying a 70 or 90 lb pack, you'd gasp but if a person is 30 to 50 lbs overweight and carrying a normal-weight pack, it's the same. The good news is that as you lose weight, you'll find your hiking abilities increase dramatically because you'll already be used to 'carrying the weight' and if you get ultralight gear, you'll be whizzing past everyone else!

Good luck with your backpacks - I absolutely love getting out to where most people never go!
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1/15/12 7:13 P

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Yeah, shedding a few pounds (whether out of the backpack, or off your body) can make hiking a lot easier and more enjoyable.

Good luck!

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1/15/12 6:40 P

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Hello, everyone. I just joined the group today. I have been a member of SparkPeople for about 8 months, but only really started to use it a few weeks ago.

One of the main reasons I want to lose weight and get in shape is for backpacking. I love backpacking but I find that I am not physically fit enough to do the hikes I want to do.

My roommates and I did a 30-mile backpacking trip last year through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota, and I struggled to keep up the whole time. I suffered a few injuries that I feel could have been avoided if I were in better physical condition.

I want to be able to enjoy those long hikes and not struggle to do the activities I enjoy doing.

Only being 5' 1", backpacking for a week or more can get tricky holding so much weight, especially being overweight. Hopefully by this summer I will be in good shape for a much needed backpacking vacation.

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