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I totally agree with this for any new backpacker and even seasoned backpacker. Never underestimate the importance of seeing first hand and learning from others.nonot wrote:There are several backpacking clubs in AZ. I would suggest that you try out a trip with one or more of them sometimes. You will find that you can pick up some excellent tips just by observing what others do, tricks for multipurposing gear, and other options - self made, cottage industry, and consumer stuff.
a) you cant expect to use one hammock for two people,if that is your concern. see this photo: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=167622OZZZ wrote:the hammock thing is NOT going to work for now. My girlfriend is coming with me on 99% of the trips, after this last trip in which we ran into a bear she is a little skittish. I havent tried talking her into a hammock, but I would bet my left you know what shes not going to go for it.
I use my knife a lot! I've used it to cut duct tape (which I have wound around a pen in my pack) to patch holes on water bladders, pool floats, and pants. Also, it is used for slicing cheese - which is one of my favorite backpacking foods.nonot wrote:I doubt you will get much use out of the knife.
bknorby wrote:I use my knife a lot! I've used it to cut duct tape (which I have wound around a pen in my pack) to patch holes on water bladders, pool floats, and pants. Also, it is used for slicing cheese - which is one of my favorite backpacking foods.nonot wrote:I doubt you will get much use out of the knife.
I recommend a ThermaRest NeoAir air mattress. It is expensive but worth every penny. I've had mine about a year and a half and I would not go backpacking without it. I often have problems sleeping (I've tried sleeping pills and/or wine - neither worked). So I am happy that I am at least comfortable when I'm laying in the tent wishing I could sleep. You can sleep on your side without getting an achy hip. I use it with a down sleeping bag - not only are they lighter than synthetic but they aren't as clammy. Just be sure to have a waterproof compression sack so that you don't have to worry about whether or not your bladder springs a leak in your pack or if it rains.
A few other items that I take on every backpack regardless of season is a warm hat and gloves (it can get nippy in the wee hours or after it rains). I also pack a down jacket which doubles as a pillow.
Good luck on your future backpacks!