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Backpacks 'need right contents in right places'

Posted 27 July 2012
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Backpacks 'need right contents in right places'
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Those heading off on adventures with backpacks need to make sure they are packed in the correct way, an adventurer has said.

World record-breaking polar explorer Jason De Carteret said: "One of the best things is to try and remember where you put everything.

"Otherwise, what happens is that as soon as you start to look for something it is so annoying if you have to unpack your whole backpack before you find it."

He advised that items like hats, cameras, waterproofs and water are among the items that need to be placed somewhere very handy, so they can be accessed very swiftly.

Mr De Cataret added that an outdoor shop is a good place to start when working out what to include in a backpack in the first place, as staff there will be able to offer good advice.

Such advice may be particularly useful for those who are walking in wet weather, who would not want to expose the contents of the rucksack to the elements.

At the same time, however, sun cream is something people might wish to remember as the weather has improved recently.

Backpacks may be used for long-distance routes, one of the most popular being the Pennine Way, which stretches 268 miles from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish borders.

Most people undertaking the route stay in Youth Hostels rather than camping, as the route is designed for people staying in such accomodation.

It passes through three national parks - the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, coming into existence in 1965.

The route was the brainchild of Tom Stephenson, a Sheffield-based journalist and outdoor access campaigner who believed the path would open up the High Peak moors of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow to the general public.

Stephenson favoured trying to seek access by negotiation and opposed direct action such as the famous Mass Trespass on Kinder in 1932.