I have been backpacking and trekking for over fifty years. I learned some of it from the Boy Scouts of America and most of it from Colin Fletcher's book, The Complete Walker, and trial and error. You can read more about Colin Fletcher here in one of my trip reports and here at Wikipedia.
I read Ray Jardine's book, Beyond Backpacking . I have incorporated some of his and other ultralight enthusiast's ideas. I have not yet fully embraced the ultralight, 10-pound pack, minimalist philosophy. If I ever try a long though hike, such as the Continental Divide Trail, I probably will.
As my friends, family, and I age, I have been more frequently using llamas to carry the load rather than my back. They are usually easy to manage, allow one to bring more gear, and provide backcountry access to those who cannot or do not want to carry a heavy pack.
Backpacking and Llama Trekking Trip Reports
- June 2021 Backpacking and Climbing in the West Needle Mountains
- June 2019 Backpacking Pine River Trail
- September 2018 San Juan River Fishing, Highland Mary Lakes Llama Trek, and Telluride Blues and Blues
- June-July 2016 Backpacking CDT, Weminuche Wilderness
- September 2014 Backpacking, Vallecito Creek, Weminuche Wilderness, and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
- September 2013 Backpacking Pine River Trail, Weminuche Wilderness and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
- September 2012 Weminuche Wilderness Backpacking and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
- September 2010 Colorado Trail Llama Trekking
- September 2009 Llama Trekking Pine River Trail and Telluride Blues and Brew Festival
- July 2009 Backpacking Latir Peaks Wilderness
- September 2008 Llama Trekking and Telluride Blues and Brew Festival
- September 2007 Backpacking Weminuche Wilderness
- September 2006 Backpacking Noname Creek and Telluride Blues and Brews Festival