Friday, May 27, 2016

Myanmar Backpacking Experience And Importance

By Pamela Roberts

Backpacking is one of the outdoor recreational activities. It involves carrying gear on the back in a backpack. People carry different forms of gear including clothing, cooking kit, shelter, bedding, food, and water. The activity lasts a varied amount of time, but must involve spending out at least one night. Resupply points and occasional drops of necessities may be included in the activity if the journey takes several weeks or months.

People are compelled by different reasons to participate in a backpack activity. While out there, the activities of good backpackers should impact the environment to the least level possible. Activities that help to minimize pollution include carrying garbage out, following existing trails, and causing no disturbance to the vegetation. In Myanmar backpacking is a culture that is well respected and valued by the locals. They adhere to the movement ethos in their activities while out.

The activities and journey of hikers are directed by the contents of the movement ethos. The movement ethos requires hikers to only leave footprints, only take photos, keep nothing, and only kill time. As a backpackers, encountering difficulties along the journey should be anticipated. There are different forms of difficulties in including difficult terrains, dangerous animals, adverse weather, treacherous water crossings, and heights among many others. It takes a great deal of skills and a suitable survival gear to make through the experience successfully without harm.

Some hiking sites have campsites for resting and sleeping at night before venturing out during the day. The campsites have fire rings, area maps, outhouses, and bulletin boards. Most campsites lack underbrush and are in form of level grounds. Campsites cannot be found in remote areas, which forces backpackers to find their own sleeping and resting spots.

There are certain pieces of equipment that are needed for successful backpacking. A backpack tops the list of necessities. The choice of backpack should be based on suitability for the exercise in terms of size, fit, material, and utility. The choice of a backpack is followed by the choice of footwear and clothing. This may be dictated by the kind of conditions expected and period of stay. A sleeping bag and food are also necessary. Survival skills and kit complete the list of necessities.

Carrying shelter is not necessary, but some backpackers proceed to do so. Other items that may be considered of relative importance include cook kit, water purification mechanism and water container. People often carry food in ready-made form when the trip is in places where food facilities can be accessed. Otherwise, they carry food that can go for a long time without going bad.

How much the backpack weighs is usually treated as a critical matter. It is always advisable to ensure that the backpack weights less than 25 percent of the weight of the person going to carry it. That implies that every item placed inside the pack must be scrutinized well. There is also of lightweight gear on the market although it costs highly.

Lightweight gear can be carried easily but still retains a high degree of utility and durability. Materials used to make such gear are many including lightweight alloys, carbon fiber, impregnated fabrics, and specialty plastics. The exercise of backpacking differs among countries, but many similarities exist among Western countries.

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