Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101

Choose the Right Gear, Plan Your Ultimate Trip, Cook Hearty and Energizing Trail Meals, Be Prepared for Emergencies, Conquer Your Backpacking Adventures

Heather Balogh Rochfort


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From the creator of the Just a Colorado Gal blog comes a guide to help you plan for a fun backpacking experience.

It’s time to take a hike!

In Backpacking 101, outdoor expert Heather Balogh Rochfort goes step-by-step through the preparation process of hiking—from selecting the right gear to choosing the perfect destination. She also provides useful information for out on the trail, including how to

-Properly read a topographic map
-Set up an environmentally friendly campsite
-Safely interact with wildlife
-Handle being lost in the woods

With Backpacking 101 in your bag, you can be prepared for whatever comes your way during your trek—no matter what skill level you are. It’s the perfect resource for anyone ready for an outdoor adventure!


Heather Balogh Rochfort:
Heather Balogh Rochfort is an outdoor enthusiast, hiker, and trail runner. Her website, Just a Colorado Gal, has been voted one of the top five best hiking and outdoor travel blogs by USA TODAY. She is the gear editor for Backpacker magazine and writes for Gore-Tex’s Experience More magazine, as well as the Huffington Post. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Backpacking 101. Visit her blog