You learn some pretty tough lessons in the wilderness, and that’s partly what backpacking is about – going beyond your safety zone and discovering something about yourself, your comrades and nature. But while you will inevitably become a more wizened traveller with every expedition, there will never be a time to turn your nose up at a well-meant tip. If you’re new to the game, you’ll certainly want to stock up on a little hand-me-down expertise before making your first big excursion.


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