So I’m back from my trip and had an awesome time. I took inner-city grade 10 students into Algonquin park for a week. Some of the students had never even slept in a tent before. They got up close to nature as the bugs bit them and rain soaked them.
By the end of the week everyone had a huge sense of accomplishment and had learned more about themselves and the wilderness.
Trips like this that push yourself and put you in a new situation that you’ve never been in before enable you to grow as a person. I’m proud of the entire group of students that worked together to get through the trip over muddy hills and sloshing through marshes.
Tomorrow I’ll be sure to post pictures and let you in on more of the trip.
So I leave today on a week-long trip. It is supposed to rain all week (of course). I actually enjoy heading out in the rain…the bugs stay away and I can marvel as my great rain gear does its magic and keeps me warm and dry.
My pack is all packed up and water-proofed and I’m raring to go!
I want to encourage all of you to head out on your own trip sometime this week, even if it’s just a day or a few hours. Go for a hike, a bike ride, a swim and enjoy the outdoors!
In a few weeks I’m leaving for a week long trip in Algonquin Park. I have already figured out my route but I wanted to give you pointers on figuring out your own route for backpacking.
First you have to decide how many miles (or kilometers) you can travel per day. An experienced hiker can go approximately 20 miles (32 km) a day; but for a beginner that is way too far. I recommend when starting out plan for 10 miles a day (16 km) and then as you get more experience and you’ve built up some endurance start increasing that amount.
Another thing to keep in mind when hiking is how much you have to carry on your back. If you are carrying a very large pack that is heavy you won’t be able to go as far.
Terrain also has a lot to do with the distance you’re able to go. Smooth well-worn paths that are dry are much easier and faster to hike on than rocky, wet or muddy paths.
If you’re hiking in the mountains and you’re not used to it the high altitude can make you unable to cover more than 5 miles a day. You might also have a day that is just one long climb so you’ll be going slowly up it and then the next day you might have a long downhill and be able to quickly cover the miles.
So when choosing your route try to consider everything that you might encounter. Do your homework and find out what the terrain is going to be like and don’t over pack!
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With bug season here sometimes backpacking can turn more into a speed-walk/jog as you try to keep ahead of the cloud of black-flies and mosquitoes. What you need is a good bug spray. I always find the sprays that have deet in them work the best but they are corrosive so you don’t want to get deet on your pack or tent.
I hate wearing bug spray, I don’t like the smell and I always feel sticky when I have it on. I prefer to wear a bug shirt and long pants so the bugs can be all around me but can’t get at me.
The Original Bug Shirt
I have “The Original Bug Shirt” and find it cool in temperature to wear and very effective against mosquitoes and black-flies. You might think it looks a little ridiculous but it’s a smart thing to wear during bug season and you might start wishing you had one when you’re in the middle of no-where surrounded my swarms of bug.
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Tagged blackflies, bug season, bug spray, bugs, mosquitoe jacket, mosquitoes, the original bug shirt