Get those noo­dles ready for hoist­ing heavy packs, haul­ing your body over boul­ders, and pol­ing through tough ter­rain.

Backpacker - - Skill Set Boot Camp -

Do back­pack­ers re­ally need strong arms? Con­sider this: Weak shoul­ders can lead to up­per back pain, as well as neck and shoul­der in­juries from car­ry­ing a pack. Plus, you need up­per body strength to use trekking poles, which can take up to 25 per­cent of the load off your knees. Do these ex­er­cises two to three times per week for two months be­fore your next big trip to hit the trail with guns blaz­ing.

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