Backpacker - - CHEAT SHEET -

» Lack of Mo­ti­va­tion Write your­self a let­ter ex­plain­ing why you’re hik­ing and what you hope to achieve. Pack it with you. Its mo­ti­va­tional power is well worth the scant weight.

» Lone­li­ness Chat with other hik­ers about more than trail is­sues, and keep fam­ily and friends up-to-date. “Friends keep you go­ing. They are the peo­ple that give you hope, strength, and power,” says Steve “Huck­le­berry Finch” Ba­con. » Bore­dom Pack treats like books and fresh socks and gourmet candy in re­sup­ply boxes. “When you open a box full of ex­cit­ing new food, it’s like open­ing a present rather than a bill,” says Liz “Snorkel” Thomas.

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