Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer season and the beginning of fall. Do you have any plans this Labor Day Weekend to help bring your summer to a close?

Please share your plans with us and remember to #recreaterresponsibly when visiting public lands or heading outside. For more tips and suggestions, check out www.recreateresponsibly.org.

Have fun and be safe out there!

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Solo backpacking, Shawnee Nat'l Forest. Got to get away.

 

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@SILHiker 

Sounds like a great trip, enjoy!

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IMG_0950-2.jpgIMG_0948-2.jpg18.6 miles Friday, 12.3 miles Saturday, 13.6 miles Sunday. Lots of mud and spiderwebs, but still a very much needed de-stressing trip. Weather was good, low 80's in the afternoons and around 60 at night.

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@SILHiker 

Looks awesome! We're so glad you were able to find some time away to de-stress. Thank you for sharing some pictures with us!

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Backpacking training (which is something I do on the regular)! Completing a 18-mile local loop (combining several trails) with an 80+ lb backpack! Might be overkill, but it's a great way to stay in shape (and to make your pack feel super light when actually using it) and get out in nature!

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@bryndsharp 

Sounds...great? For these trips do you offer to just carry your friends gear with you? Or do you pack extra water? 

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@REI-JohnJ Haha! It's not always pleasant, but it definitely makes the long treks much easier. It also helps me prepare for situations in which I have to carry others' gear (if they are injured, for example), and for situations in which I am the guide/leader of a group (where typically you carry extra water and extra of other supplies).

For my training hikes I just load my pack down with water. It's the easiest way I've found to maximize the weight that I'm carrying while keeping the general shape/fill of a backpack and ensuring weight is distributed evenly throughout. I usually fill the top area of the pack with something like a tent, however, to keep the water lower down in the pack.

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@bryndsharp 

That's great! I wish I had trained like that before I had kids so I'd be better prepared when their 'legs get tired'.

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