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Day hiking vs. backpacking

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Day hiking vs. backpacking

Postby bacpakin » Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:56 am

I've been backpacking for close to eleven years now and have come to realize you can see and hike more by establishing a base camp and spend the rest of your time day hiking. Traveling light allows you so much greater flexibility and energy to enjoy the wilderness. Rather than feel the pressure to keep moving from campsite to campsite, lugging a heavy pack the entire distance, day hiking allows for more time to experience the adventure rather than to just endure it. A great site. Keep it running.
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day hiking vs. backpacking

Postby Rick M » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:53 pm

My wife and I "discovered" Idaho's Sawtooth mountains back in the early eighties (I had hiked them solo when I lived there in the seventies). In my younger days, I would carry a light pack and do 50 mile backpacks with peak bagging along the way. My wife however is not into bagging peaks and simply likes the trails.

We did some pack in/base camp/day hike trips and finally disovered we preferred to leave the backpack in the car and go really light and fast for day hikes sometimes putting in 20 miles and crossing two or three mt. passes. We generally tried doing loops rather than round trips so we could see new things instead of hiking back on the same trail.

She also prefers the Sawtooths cause the hiking/scenery is similar to the Sierra but averages 3,000' so you can breathe easier and because it's farther north it gets light at 4 and dark at 10 in the summer for more hiking hours.
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