Learn to take down and set up camp

In this short movie Sage takes down her camp & sets up again on the Oregon Desert Trail. Learning to pack a backpack and set up camp is best learned by doing, but sometimes watching someone else do it can teach you a few new tips.

Watching myself in this footage was a good reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect system. It seems to me that every day I shove stuff in my backpack a little differently. The basics are still always the same though.

5 Packing Fundamentals:

1)Stuff I don’t need during the day goes down in the bottom

2) Heavy things stay close to my back

3) Accessible stuff goes near the top or in the side pockets

4) Waterproof things like rain gear and groundsheets can help fill in the voids to make a solid, easy to carry, compressed load.

5) Things I want to keep dry live in waterproof bags. Pack liners are another great option for keeping dry things dry.

What about the gear?

These some of my favorite pieces of gear in this video

Oboz Luna Low

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Sea to Summit UL drybags

Z-Packs Hexamid Solo

Western Mountaineering summerlite Sleeping bag

ThermaRest ProLite Extra Short

Platypus 2 Liter Platy Bottle