Backpacker Magazine's Peak Bagging - download pdf or read online

By Brendan Leonard

A how-to ebook for climbers with info on scrambling talents, equipment, alpine dangers, and acclimation, released below the imprimatur of ""Backpacker"" magazine.

summary: A how-to publication for climbers with details on scrambling talents, equipment, alpine dangers, and acclimation, released less than the imprimatur of ""Backpacker"" magazine.

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Once you’re hiking, be aware of route-finding cues: Social trails can often veer off the main trail, heading to a viewpoint or campsite, and you can accidentally walk onto them without even noticing you’re off the main route. Before you cross a stream, do you see where the trail picks up on the other side? When trails end at rock slabs or scree fields, don’t assume that they just keep heading in the direction you were walking. Look for cairns—stacks of rocks that indicate the direction of travel—to guide you to the route.

Some hikers carry a running water bottle, take sips out of it as they hike, and then refill it from other bottles in their pack when they take a break. If you sweat a lot, or have a hard time convincing yourself to drink water, consider adding an electrolyte or sports drink mix to your water—the taste can be a good incentive to drink more. Be aware, though, that your body may not be used to drinking multiple liters of sports drinks while exercising and might have a hard time processing the sugars in full-strength sports drinks.

The most important thing you should know about mountains is that they can kill you—even if you’re just out for a day hike. Dozens of people have lost their lives on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington when the weather changed suddenly and they were caught unprepared. Mount Washington is “only” 6,288 feet tall and has a paved road that goes all the way to the summit, yet it is one of the deadliest mountains in America because of something that’s easy to forget when you start out at the parking lot and it’s sunny and warm: the weather.

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