In a very recent journey I met a good friend who’s been travelling in various corner of the country since more than a year. She asked me about the gears she carried.
She had problems about the most important gear a traveler needs to have in a good healthy condition. A BACKPACK…!
Luckily we were in right place to figure out more options about those gears. We were in adventure “capital” of the country, Manali. 😀 There are too many dealers and sellers in that small region with national and international brands. I could show her the difference between various quality and apt cost for the quality some of them charged.
I got a crazy idea on sleepless night, of traversing the most glamorous highway in the world; Manail-Leh highway. Of course by avoiding walking on the highway all the time and exploring wilderness around, throughout whole geographical region.
Before implementing the idea, I started preparing and gathering as much information as I could to train myself for fairly “easy” but romantic and adventurous journey.
So here it is… Practicing following points will help you improvise in your performance. Continue reading
1. Human body can survive harsh weather if the mind is ready to!
There’s a reason why this is the first point I want to talk about. I took this trek (YHAI Dalhousie December snow trek) with my sister and her husband Hardik to introduce them to the beautiful aspects of Himalayas, that lay beyond the beaten tracks literally. But they quit midway!
There were about 50 people in the group and everyone faced the same weather yet some decided to quit the trek on the second day after the first day of intense cold and difficult walk (the trek in the mountains had not begin yet – this was Banikhet to Dalhousie). While those who stayed were equally skeptical of how the days ahead were going to be. Continue reading
Backpack weight is very important. The pack weight should be 1/4 of your body weight or less. Too much weight, just like blisters, can spoil a trip. Shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and feet are the stress points. Downhill hiking is much harder on joints. Uphill hiking stresses quadriceps and lungs.
Considering various experiments and experiences in Indian wilderness I have learnt how to pack rucksack properly. Still experimenting and still learning to improvise day by day. Thought will jot down a few pointers of best practices to pack your backpack for a hike. Continue reading