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Backpack Hiking Overview
Backpack Hiking is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be tough, and you need to want to walk.
Backpack Hiking is one of the 3 'king's sports'..... the others are Sailing and Tennis, and maybe bowls when we turn 65. I call them so because they have no frills, are natural and are just simply so enjoyable.
Backpack Hiking brings you closer to yourself and helps you forget about your troubles, when by the end of the day the only thought on your mind is the overnight hut / destination.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEM GOING ON A HIKE
-Number of days
-Weather, being either very warm or very cold
ESSENTIALS TO TAKE WITH
on the average hike, excludes the very obvious
-Backpack ... between 50 to 70 liters, must have hipstraps.
-Hiking Boots or sturdy shoes... well walked in
-Tekkies or light shoes.. for after a day's hike your feet want to get out of those boots.
-Socks... thick and woolly, one pair per day of hike.
-Trousers to hike in .... long.
-T-shirts .... one per day of the hike
-Jersey or track suit top.... warmish
-Jacket... light and wind and rain resistant
-Water Bottle.... 1 to 2 liter.
-Hat or cap.
-Sleeping Bag and light pillow.
-Eating utensils.... plastic and light
-HeadLight or small Torch.
-Toilet paper, Tooth Brush and Toothpaste, Soap.
-A couple of assorted plastic bags..... to pack things in to help keep dry, as well as to keep things sorted.
Anything else you bring must be carried by yourself, so be prudent and keep it to a minimum.
FOOD & DRINKS
Not everybody takes loads of meat to braai on a Backpacking Overnight hike, but it is possible providing certain guidelines are kept in mind...
-On 4 or more day hikes, people often will however only take dried food, and a little gas burner to warm water to make coffee or soup...... Be clear on the food arrangments with everybody.
-Salt & Pepper.
THINGS THE ORGANIZER MUST TAKE
These items are listed here because not everybody needs to take their own, which add unnecessary weight to your Backpack. Furthermore, you never know what might be needed once away from civilization, so here is a list of possible items not to forget.
-First Aid kit and some basic medicynes.
-Some basic tools, some thin rope, plastic tape.
-Matches, GasLighters, FireLighters, Newspaper ... sealed in a watertight / plastic bag.
-Spare HeadLights, Torches, and even some candles.
-Multi purpose pocket knife.
-Light Braai-Tongs..... to manage the fire.
-Small axe ... for big logs that are difficult to get burning.
-Dishwash Liquid, sponze, and drying towel.
MINIMUM YOU SHOULD EXPECT AT THE OVERNIGHT CAMP
-Roof Shelter that is rain proof
-Kettle, Pots, Pans.
-Braai Grid & Wood.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY