August 16, 2009

The Motherpacker

by: Amy Hunter

A motherpacker is someone who is able to pack lightly,
sufficiently, and effectively. Hindi po sya masamang tao hahaha!

With zero-impact backpacking, the hiker’s goal is to carry everything out of the wilderness that was brought in and to disrupt nature as little as possible. Under the umbrella of these principles, the zero-impact hiker:

removes extra packaging from gear to reduce the material brought into the wild. For example, floss is removed from its plastic carrying case and rolled into a ball. Duct tape is wrapped around a tool or walking stick handles.
avoids making fires, since fire changes the composition of the soil. That means carrying a lightweight stove into the wilderness and leaving the weighty axe or saw behind.
wears shoes that have less impact on the trail. The zero-impact backpacker will wear light-weight trail shoes rather than heavy boots, which greatly reduces the wear on the trail, especially in wet weather when the terrain is muddy

Note: Don't bother the Kid...hehe :p

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