I’m a researcher, and this past weekend I spent a lovely (yet rainy) weekend camping at Moreau lake. I brought TONS of books with me! As an aspiring 46er and soon to be backpacker (I hope), theres lots of information out there to help you as you plan your hiking adventures. Here’s some things I learned from my weekend research.
Research your trip. There’s no better way to learn then from what other people have experienced. Theres LOTS of books and blogs out there about peoples experiences becoming a 46er. My favorites (these are just a few):
- Exploring the 46 Adirondack High Peaks – James R. Burnside
- High Peaks Trails – ADK Mountain Club
Make sure you have the right gear. I recently did a post series about the 10 Essentials. These are SO important to have with you. Obviously everyone is different and different hikes and length require different things. So do your own research and figure out what works best for you.
Know your limits (and the limits of those hiking with you). From experience I know what its like to almost throw up on the trail from trying to hard. SLOW DOWN. Better to take it slow and make it to the top and back, than to over exert yourself and have to turn around, or worse need serious medical attention (hard to come by in the middle of the woods.) There’s no better way to describe some techniques to prevent this than as done in Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backpackin’ Book (Allen O’Bannon/Mike Clelland) take a look: