As soon as I graduate in June, I am taking a backpacking trek through the Pacific Northwest. I will begin my trek in Vancouver, British Columbia and finish it in Eureka, California. I can barely wait. The jaunt will take from May through September. I will not be hiking in a straight line. Instead, I plan on carrying a large backpack on my back and taking a multitude of side excursions into diverse national parks, national monuments, and national forests. Some of the places I will tour include these places in Washington State: North Cascade Nation Park, Olympic National Park (where the rainforests are located), Mount Rainer National Park . When I exit Washington, and enter Oregon, I will go to the Columbia river gorge close to Portland. From there, I will follow the coast line and visit the Sea Lion Caves, Bandon and finally the great Sand Dunes of Oregon. In California, I will pass several days hiking around Crescent City, California before arriving at the land of the giant Redwoods. I am planning on hiking the entire 100 mile stretch of road called the Avenue of Giants. Finally, my hike will terminate in Eureka, California.
At present, I am preparing and training for the event. For Christmas, my mother and father gave me a Swiss gear Backpack – the Swiss gear backpack model is the “Elite, Extra Large 5200 cubic inches”. The dimensions are thirty inches by 14 inches by 9 inches. This Swiss backpack is an ideal size for my body and ideal for usage as an airplane carry on. It is red, and comes with many options. For example, this large rucksack has an internal frame and a number of pockets for simple separation of items I will need on my trip. Typical of Swiss gear Gear, this Swiss gear backpack has advantageously arranged the pockets in a practical, easy to access manner. The alternative large rucksacks I examined just did not provide the same usefulness or comfort. This Swiss gear backpack also offers a built in rain cover, which is so necessary for hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest. It rains there a lot. The curved shoulder harnesses of this Swiss gear rucksack fit my body correctly and the padded back panel does not cause uncomfortableness on the small of my back. Other large rucksacks did not provide as comfortable a fit. This Swiss rucksack is “hydration ready” as well. This is an useful option not provided with every large backpack. There are several places to which needed items may be tied or clamped also. This Swiss gear backpack is a top loading backpack with a floating top lid and an accommodating shoulder pouch for cell phone or GPS device.
To train, I have been going to LA Fitness. Aside from typical weight and cardio exercise, I have been doing many things that have gotten much attention from other LA Fitness members. For example, I walk the treadmill and the stair master while wearing my large backpack. Also, I wear the large rucksack while performing “mountain climber” exercises. Everyone laughs when they see me strap on the large rucksack, but once we get beyond the apparently obligatory razzing, there is an appreciation for the Swiss gear rucksack design and assembly.
I cannot wait for summer!
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