Today I took my last trip to Bill Jackson’s for backcountry camping gear. I picked up 50′ of paracord for throwing a bear bag and two extra tent stakes for windy conditions. Yesterday I posted a blog about truck camping and today I will be talking about backcountry camping. I consider hiking a one day event while backpacking is an extended trip into the wilderness.There is no better way to see a national park than backcountry camping.
Being able to stay a night or two in the wilderness allows me to extend the distance I can go from the trailhead. This allows me to see things I wouldn’t be able to see on a day hike. Backcountry camping takes a lot of planning and preparation. I will go over my basic backcountry gear and talk about a few over nighters I have planned.
My entire pack load weighs about 22.5 pounds depending on the climate and without water. I have the ability to carry 7 liters but that is 15 pounds I would rather not. I have a filter and purifying tablets if I need to collect water on the trail. I have included food for an overnight stay but the other consideration is how cold it will be and how much layering I will need.
I plan on backpacking solo so weight is a concern but having the gear I need is more important. Backpacking gear can get very expensive but you get what you pay for. I bought most of my gear used from eBay. Below is what I carry in my pack.
Backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag and Pad
Picture 1 (each row starting bottom left to right)
Picture 2 (each row starting bottom left to right)
This is everything I need for my backcountry adventures. Clothing depends on the environment and climate. Food is always changing. I would call this a lightweight set up but not ultra light.
I will being using this set up while backpacking the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Big Bend National Park and Guadeloupe Mountains National Park. I want to add more destinations but I’m waiting to see what the weather looks like.
Thanks for reading.
Ps: Let me know if you have any gear suggestions. I am very new to backpacking.