Re­mem­ber Ev­ery­thing

When you’re hik­ing in a place that might never be the same, make sure you bring home a story you can share.

Backpacker - - Public Lands | See It - BY HAN­NAH JOHN­SON

DON’T FEAR THE BLANK PAGE.

Write as if you’re re­count­ing the day to a friend on the phone. Start with a scrib­ble or sim­ple de­scrip­tion; it’s OK to be messy. Your style will likely change dur­ing the trip any­way. “You grow into what you like,” Kirk says.

GET INTO A HABIT.

Rou­tine is es­sen­tial. Set aside time each day to get the cam­era out or record the day’s events.

FIND BAL­ANCE.

Cap­ture the land­scape, camp life, your hik­ing part­ners, trail mile­stones, and fail­ures as well as suc­cesses. You want a well-rounded view of the trip.

GET GRITTY.

The most mem­o­rable mo­ments of­ten hap­pen when the weather is bad or peo­ple are work­ing hard. When you’d rather not get out the cam­era, you prob­a­bly should.

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