Every outing into the backcountry yields its share of fun and unique stories. Every day and every step is a new experience that brings new insights into your life, your friends, and your journey. Like our Camelback infuser, every trip is unique. But Infuze has found that there are some things you learn out in the backcountry that are seemingly universal.
You’re Never Without Friends
Perhaps the best thing about the backcountry is the sense of camaraderie you experience on the trail. Whether you came with a hiking companion or not, you’ll find friends anytime you come across another traveler. A warm hello, and a quick smile is the surest way to add to other hikers’ experience, and they’ll often return the greeting. It’s not uncommon to stop and share a snack, or a quick sip of water with another backpacker. If they’re coming out while you’re going in, it’s the ideal time to ask them about trail conditions and any notable features to stop and see. And even if your exchange only lasts for a few minutes, you’ve made a backcountry buddy!
You Live Outside Of Time
One of the most surreal experiences you can give yourself is to leave your watch at home the next time you take a weekend backpacking trip. For the first few hours, you’ll find yourself asking what time it is, and trying to find ways to measure its passage. But a few hours after that, you’ll quickly realize that maybe it’s not that important. The sun goes down when it goes down, and you’ll likely fall asleep with it. And again, the sun will rise, and so will you. If you want to be mindful of the present on your next outing, removing your watch removes any barriers to that experience.
An Appreciation For The Little Things
In the front country, we’re used to having all of our needs met almost immediately. We’re also fortunate to have many of our wants met too. But in the backcountry, we are relying on our gear, our friends, and ourselves. It is because of this that you’ll quickly appreciate the little things. This appreciation can be found in unlikely places. It can be a piece of chocolate your friend saved from the first day on the trail. It might be that moment right before bed when you massage your feet, and your toes pop in that oh-so-satisfying way. Or it can be a sip of flavored water from your Infuze Camelbak infuser.
The Best Meals Are Ones You Make
We’ve all been treated to a nice meal at a fancy restaurant at one point in our lives. Some fine meal, with many courses, made from the choicest ingredients. But as a backpacker, you know that that fancy restaurant used rocks for tables, and sleeping pads for chairs. That first course consisted of a granola bar, followed by a quick pasta dish. Those choice ingredients were the slightly-smashed noodles and dried vegetables you stuffed into the bottom of your bag. Food always tastes better in the backcountry. Maybe it’s because you just crushed 8 miles in an afternoon, or maybe it’s because you’re so far away from your favorite burger joint. Whatever it is, we’ve found that backcountry eating is some of the best in the world.
The Importance Of Sacred Socks
As goofy as it sounds, socks really are sacred. When you go into the backcountry, it’s never a bad idea to have a pair of socks that you only wear in your sleeping bag. They stay clean, odor-free, and keep your feet warm at night. After a few days on the trail, you’ll look forward to pulling on your sacred socks, it might even be the highlight of your day!
We learn something new every time we head out into the wilderness. It’s one of the reasons we keep going back. The next time you go an adventure, take some time to think about the lessons you’ve learned and share them with your friends. You might find that some of them are universal to your experiences, and to those of others. And of course, don’t forget your Infuze Camelbak infuser, because we all know the value of staying hydrated on the trail.