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44. Beginner Backpacking with Alison Wata, Exploration Solo

“Teaching others how to backpack takes being confident in your own skills, knowing what you can handle, and a desire to help other people love the outdoors.”  -Alison Wata, Exploration Solo

The experience of a backcountry trip immerses us in nature in a way that a day hike just can’t match. Backpacking can build confidence, provide a true sense of independence, and foster a love of the great outdoors. But maybe the idea of packing up and heading into the wilderness is overwhelming or even intimidating. Alison Wata, backpacking guide and owner of Exploration Solo, addresses the most common concerns of beginner backpackers, including selecting and packing gear, meal preparation, navigation, safety, and even the dreaded bathroom situation. Alison offers step-by-step advice and helps you find the best resources and support to get you ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Let’s Go!

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PATC Backpacking courses (also check community colleges, park authorities, outfitters, and certified guides)

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Ursak Bear Resistant Bag

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Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Shenandoah National Park backcountry camping permit

Wildlife Management Areas access permit

Virginia State Parks primitive campsites

Gaia GPS

The Hiking Project

Rock Castle Gorge