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Sensible packing highlighted as vital for walkers

Posted 13 September 2012
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Sensible packing highlighted as vital for walkers
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Anyone who regularly dons their walking gear to go for a wander around Britain's open spaces will know what a rewarding pursuit it can be.

However, those who are new to longer hikes could find they don't enjoy their walks as much as they could if they fail to pack their rucksack correctly.

Olly Pemberton from adventure holiday company Exodus said many people come a cropper because they take lots of things they do not really need, such as heavy books.

"Be sensible, pack light and pack tight. What I mean by 'pack tight' is try to avoid wasted space in your bag as air pockets can actually add unnecessary weight," he commented.

Mr Pemberton also advised walkers to ensure important items that will be needed throughout the day such as maps are easily accessible, as digging them out from the bottom of a bag during a hike will be very inconvenient.

Similar advice was recently offered by world record-breaking polar explorer Jason De Carteret, who said it is vital to remember whereabouts in a backpack everything is before setting off.