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Backpacking A Different Way of Camping What is camping To most people it is perceived as a time to pack up the car drive to local camp grounds and spend the weekend in the great outdoors It is a time to frolic with family and friends around a campfire singing songs playing games and roasting marshmallows while listening to ghost stories that can only be heard while camping However to the avid backpacker camping takes on a different perspective While experiencing the great outdoors is very similar to car camping backpacking is very different in many respects Preparation for backpacking and car camping and the locales where one can set up camp are very different In either case experiencing the great outdoors and its natural beauty cannot be surpassed With car camping the only real limitation is ones vehicle A person is limited to the vehicles capacity to carry or tow For example a camper will bring a stove a twelve man tent two coolers of meat and potatoes five gallons of water and maybe tow a camper On the other hand when backpacking the circumstances are very different One is limited to his or her own capabilities the amount of weight that can be carried endurance levels just to name a few Provisions must be carefully measured If overloaded it can affect performance while hiking to ones destination but if not enough provisions are carried it will impact how long one can last out in the wilderness The equipment must be minute in size and weight Special lightweight stoves tents sleeping bags and clothes must be used when backpacking The average weight of a full backpack is about thirty-five pounds A camper is completely dependent on what is in his or her backpack to survive in nature Reaching ones final destination for car camping and backpacking are also very different To get to the campsite while car camping one follows a road
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