Hi @Bushcraft_Vega I am from Iowa and pretty new as well. Just a suggestion if you haven't already watched their videos, Dixie aka Homemade Wanderlust, and Hike Oregon are great resources for info on youtube. I have watched every video. Dixie has a great beginner backpacking series and she holds a triple crown, AT, PCT, and CDT. Dixie has backpacked alone for 1000s of miles, and Hike Oregon also goes solo. Anyway, best wishes for a happy journey!