This summer, I want to do a backpacking trip. Nothing too extreme, just 3-5 days with nothing but what we can carry on our backs.
Of course, I hadn’t been backpacking since I was 14 and the pack was almost my size. This weekend, we decided to do a mini trip, a trial run if you like.
Even though it was only going to be for one night, we did it right. We made lists, laid out the gear and food, and split everything up. My pack ended up being just around 31lbs, the boyfriend’s was 40, and the dog’s weighed nearly nothing (she was carrying the blanket she would sleep on and treats).
Since this was an experiment, we didn’t go too far. We drove to a local hiking trail, then set off for a spot just over 4 miles away from where our car was parked. We set off a little later than planned, so even though we are fast hikers, we didn’t make it to the camping spot by sunset. We did get to see a nice view on the trail though.
We made it to the top a short while later, and explored by headlamp before finding a relatively flat area that was protected by trees. We set up camp, then cooked a gourmet dinner of English muffin pizzas over a mini backpacking stove. As we ate, we settled in to watch the last of the light disappear.
We settled in for the night in our snug 2 person lightweight tent. We all fit no problem, but as the dog moved around at night, there were times I felt it was a little too small!
Morning came early, thanks to the aforementioned pup. She saw it was light out at 5 and was ready to go explore.
She was so ready for us to get up. We enjoyed the view while cooking another gourmet meal (English muffin breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, and bacon. It was hard to do on the tiny stove, but sooo worth it).
After breakfast, we quickly packed up the site (it’s amazing how little you have when you need to carry everything up a mountain).
We did some accidental exploring on the way back down- the turn we needed to take wasn’t marked, so we missed it the first time.
Regardless, we were back at the car before 9am, and ready to enjoy the rest of our day.
It was a great hiking experiment, and I can’t wait to go for a “real” trip soon.