The Prepared Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking

About three weeks How to Backpackago one of my older sons came up to me and stated that he wanted to go backpacking. It is amazing as an adult how easy it is to put things off and then before you know it you can’t seem to figure out how to fit fun and adventure into the schedule. I would like to change this.

Part of the reason I started the podcast was to learn new things and have adventures with my family. As with many things in life it is easy to start down a path towards a goal and then get distracted by sparkly objects along the path. Those distractions can lead you away from your original intent and can bog you down in everyday life. That is why it is important to have good friends and family around to put you back on the trail towards where you wanted to go in the beginning.

So, I am happy to announce a new podcast series coming out soon from the Prepared Idiot: The Prepared Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking. The idea will be to have multiple episodes that take you step by step from the beginning of basic hiking to full blown back-country adventures. In this series we will go through the research, websites, and guides that exist on the topic as well as interviews with outdoor experts and enthusiasts.

In episode 1 of the series (which will be out soon) we will talk about Walking.Idiot's guide to hiking You might be surprised to know that hiking (walking) is a skill like any other sport. There is a right way and a wrong way to approach it. We will talk about how to approach it the right way and how to get yourself into shape!

I hope that you will join me on this adventure into the back-country! If you have ever wanted to ask the “Dumb Questions” about hiking and backpacking but didn’t want to look like an idiot this is the series for you!

I would love to hear you hiking/backpacking tips and tricks send me an email to

The Prepared Idiot

Rich Barna is the Prepared Idiot you can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes and Stitcher



There are three essential pieces of equipment that any would-be outdoorsman must contemplate purchasing before heading out to the wide open spaces. We will give you a basic understanding of what to look for and how to maintain the most important parts of your kit. Fear not because at the Prepared Idiot, I have made all the mistakes for you so that you don’t have to look like an idiot when you are shopping, carrying, and maintaining your gear. So, let take a look at the big three of camping. preparedidiot_backpacking(1)

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