Building Your Future in the United States The Immigration Insider
A Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking How to Get Started
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
It’s that time of year when we celebrate the formation of the United States and remember the ideals it was founded on. One of those ideals is that our country is stronger when our population is enriched with immigrants from all corners of the globe. We love that we get to participate in that process every day! I’m happy to announce that we’re rolling out this new version of our newsletter. Some of you may remember earlier versions, which included a lot of clip art. Now we’re trying to kick it up a notch. (Hey, we’re lawyers; using visuals is not something they teach us in school!) We’ve also resolved to stop talking exclusively about immigration law in the monthly edition. Of course, we’ll always keep you up-to-date on immigration news through our Facebook page. However, these days I think sometimes our brains could all use a bit of rest from hearing about immigration controversies.
That feeling of carrying nothing but your necessities on your back, walking in the wilderness as trees brush against you, and listening to wildlife call out to one another are just a few of the reasons why people fall in love with backpacking. It challenges your resourcefulness and determination and rewards you with a huge sense of accomplishment. Not to mention backpacking is a great workout. For avid hikers, the added challenge of carrying 65 pounds on your back tests core strength and stamina while utilizing leg muscles. If you’ve been hitting the trails or the gym lately, you might already be in good shape for a backpacking trip. Here are a few more suggestions for your first trip to make it a safe and enjoyable experience. When you’re just starting out, ask friends and family or visit your local outdoor store to see if they have gear you can rent or borrow. This can help you find out what works for you and what doesn’t before committing to a pack or tent. Consider borrowing or renting a tent, sleeping bag, and cooking equipment. A well-fitted pack makes all the difference, so while you may try out a pack from a friend who’s a similar size to you, this could be an area you want to invest in for long-term use. Many outdoor stores offer custom measuring services and will help you pick the right pack. Take it out on a few test runs with at least 30 pounds of weight to ensure it’s a good fit. It’s no fun to be out on the trail when you find out that a strap chafes your hips. Test and borrow gear.
We hope you have an excellent summer with your loved ones. Enjoy the sunshine!
- Clare Corado
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