One of the great things about ATV camping in the back country is experiencing nature and I really enjoy hiking. I usually take a short hike in the morning to explore the area around the campsite while everyone else is sleeping. I really enjoy the solitude and peacefulness of the back country in the morning.
Others enjoy longer day hikes taking them miles away from the campsite deeper into areas not accessible by an ATV. This type of hiking requires a little more preparation and a backpack to carry some essential items for the journey.
Many veteran hikers and backpackers recommend ten essential items for safe travel in the back country. This list of ten essential items was first put together in the 1930s by a hiking and mountain climbing club called the Mountaineers. Over the years it has been refined to the following:
- Navigation – Maps, compass and/or Handheld GPS Unit
- Sun Protection – Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
- Extra Clothing – Specific to the season
- Lighting – Flashlight, headlamp, etc.
- First Aid Kit
- Fire Capability – Preferably two methods, waterproof matches, lighter and/or fire starter
- Tools – Multi-tool, knife and/or small shovel
- Food – Trail mix, jerky and/or energy bars
- Water – Canteen, water purification tablets and/or water filter
- Emergency Shelter – Tarp and/or emergency blanket/tent
Carrying these ten essential items ensures you are prepared for the back country. Probably the most important item is Navigation. Make sure you review your map and/or GPS and plan your hike ahead of time. If possible make others aware of your hiking route and your anticipated time of return.
Hiking is a great way to experience nature and the outdoors, plus it is good exercise. You can hike alone or with a group. It is a great camping activity for the whole family because it does not require special training to participate.
Hiking is one of the many activities one can experience on an ATV camping adventure in the back country. Remember “better safe than sorry” so be prepared. For all of your ATV camping accessories visit CampingATV.com