3. Risks, Nutrition & LNT
When it comes to backpacking and the outdoors, what potential risks should I be aware of?
As with any activity, there are inherent risks associated with backpacking. For example, health concerns, changing weather conditions, trail confusion, and wildlife. It is important to plan ahead of time and check for the conditions you will encounter, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to reach your intended destination, and overall try and keep it simple.
Read an article by REI to educate yourself about the health concerns.
What are ways I can fuel my body to have a successful outdoor experience?
Using the right equipment and dressing in the right way will make no difference if you do not also fuel your body in the correct way. Use the REI articles below to learn about eating right and staying hydrated for peak performance in the outdoors:
Meal Planning for Backpackers
Staying Hydrated in the Outdoors
Leave No Trace (LNT)
What is LNT and what are the principles I should know before backpacking?
LNT is a set of principles that help guide our behavior when recreating outside. It is a set of ethics that keep us from making too much of an impact on our natural environment. The seven principles include:
1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize camp fire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors