May 19, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
So, I had been planning on backpacking (not hiking, like hostels) India this upcoming fall/winter (own a seasonal biz, travel offseason) but I suspect the US is gonna get into it with Pakistan soon and I'm not comfortable with being over there right now especially considering I'd easily stick out.
I picked up a magazine called Backpacker. This isn't overseas budget travel, rather the camping hiking kind. It sounds and looks like lots of fun and i'd be willing to swap plans and hike America instead, for now.
I adore the movie 'Into the wild' but if you've seen it, you know how dangerous it can be. I've been travel backpacking overseas a few times in Europe, piece of cake. The decision to do India was because I know it will be a challenge and I think I've kind of graduated so to speak.
Anyways, I guess I'm just worried about bears and such. Well I'm not worried, but I know it's stupid to do this without training which leads me to my question --
is this something that you can train for or do you just learn by experience. Where do I look to find practice hikes, etc. Do any of you do this?