Utah backpacking

Picture courtesy of Lauren Smith

Walking takes longer… than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.  Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.  Life is already too short to waste on speed.

Edward Abbey

You know you have an addiction to backpacking when…


No Muddy boots in the pub

Picture courtesy of David Blaikie

  • The mud caked to your boots has sentimental value.
  • You’ve packed your pack so many times you can do it in your sleep.
  • You take pride in the foul smell of the briefs you haven’t taken off in 5 days.
  • You read topo maps over and over again despite knowing exactly where you are.
  • You picture yourself at the summit of every peak you pass on the trail.
  • Awkward sunglass tans are worn with pride.
  • Your Therma-rest is more comfortable than your king-size memory foam mattress.
  • You judge every plant you see based on how useful it would be as toilet paper.
  • You always know where your Nalgene is. Always.
  • Headlamps > Flashlights

backpacking in Ohio

Picture courtesy of Lauren Smith

Backpacking through the Wind River Range from Spenser Harrison on Vimeo.

About The Author

Mitch Lex

Mitch grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where he fell in love with kayaking, backpacking and just about everything else there is to do outside. Since moving to the Midwest, Mitch has continued to explore trails and rivers throughout the country. His greatest adventures include roaming with grizzlies and caribou on a NOLS course in Canada's Yukon Territory, swimming with dolphins while studying abroad in New Zealand, and guiding backpacking trips in southwestern Colorado and Utah. He sees the outdoors as a place where you can discover what is truly important in life while exploring a little bit about oneself along the way. Contrary to popular demand, he enjoys dried pineapple and Reese's pieces over M&M's and raisins in his trail mix any day of the week. Sorry GORP.