The Prepared Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking (Part 2 of a Series)

The more I learn abHow to buy a backpackout backpacking the more it becomes clear the thing that moves most people into the sport is freedom. Freedom from busy daily lives, form cluttered houses, and from the sterile concrete world that we have created. In this episode I continue to work on finding and answering all the dumb questions about backpacking in the great outdoors

Today we chat with Chris Hamilton author of Chris has been camping and hiking since he was 7 years old. Once a Boy Scout that achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He has camped everywhere from the Chattooga River in South Appalachian_Trail_sign_IMG_4933Carolina to State Parks all across Florida. Together we cover a wide set of topics like: how to choose and buy a backpack, the differences between cheep and high end backpacking tents, and what kind of food works best on the trail.

We even give a few movie recommendations to help inspire you to don your boots and hit the trail.

  • National Geographic: Appalachian Trail
  • Tell it on the Mountain – Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Mile, Mile & a Half

  I hope you learn a lot from the episode and you are inspired to take a hike!!

For more great tips on backpacking check out the Podcast! You can also get this and otThe Prepared Idiother episodes on iTunes and Stitcher!

I want to here your backpacking stories! Do you have any tips or awesome pics you want to share? I would love to here from you! Post a comment or shoot me an email at


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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