Did a two night three day backpacking trip. Nothing backpacking vets would brag about, but it was an accomplishment for me. I've always been an avid car camper and day hiker but this was my first backcountry camping experience.
It is satisfying carrying everything you need to survive on your back and heading out into the forest, something I want to expand on, do longer and more challenging trips.
This trip tied into something else I have been working on, map reading. I only read about a third of the navigation book I bought last week, but the information was helpful. I stopped a lot on the trail and observed surrounding topography, referencing map and compass; trying my best to determine my position. As I progressed on my trip I felt my skill at finding my orientation progressed as well. Navigation is for another time, this trip I relied on the marked trail.
I ordered some trekking poles afterwards. While I feel my fitness is reasonably good, I bike and jog, as well as moderately work out. My calves and glutes were aching from traversing the altitude changes with 35 pounds on my back. I'm going to be hitting the Elliptical machine at my gym, that probably best simulates hiking up and down hills.
I should have paid better attention to my feet. I've never had any skin tear or blister issues with my hiking shoes, and I've been on day hikes up to 12 miles. However going down hill with a heavy pack put more pressure on my toes. This resulted in skin tears on my little toes. I felt a little pain on the first day but not enough to make me stop. This was a mistake. I thought my shoes were fine and that this was nothing. No, I should have stopped right away, took my shoes off and inspected my feet. I could have avoided the skin tears with what I had in my pack. The resulting damage to my toes caused me to only hike 6 miles on my second day when I originally planned to hike 12. I missed out on an extend loop of the trail. This isn't a huge deal, but in a survival situation I would not want to be burdened with such a stupid self inflicted injury.
I'm going to making some changes to my pack after this trip. I ordered a lighter stove and lighter sleeping pad. The sleeping pad is stupid expensive but I hope I get years of use out of it. Making other minor changes too, maybe after I finalize the pack for my next trip I'll post a list.
X-post from a v/preppers thread https://voat.co/v/preppers/2207595
@1WinfieldBlue you would have loved it.