Author Archives: jnunniv

About jnunniv

I like outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and scuba diving.

How I pack by backpack. Every single time.

I’m taking a short break to the series to give some more details. I had an earlier post about packing my backpack and thought it needed a more in-depth entry. I will start with my backpack fully loaded and unpack … Continue reading

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What I wished I knew before I starting backpacking and hiking, but didn’t…. Part 6: Tools/ miscellaneous

This is the sixth part of a series.  Please read the other sections. I labeled this section as miscellaneous because it doesn’t fit any of my other categories. There could be pages upon pages written about each individual topic as … Continue reading

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What I wished I knew before I starting backpacking and hiking, but didn’t…. Part 5: Cook system

This is the fifth part of a series. The fourth item on the “Big Four” is your cooking system. When it comes to cooking, the choices are nearly endless but break down into several categories. You can cook over a … Continue reading

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What I wished I knew before I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 4: Shelter

This is the fourth part of a series. The second “Big Four” item is shelter. You should NOT go build yourself a shelter out of tree branches except in survival situations. It devastates the environment, is time consuming, and takes … Continue reading

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ANYONE can go hiking

While I am an experienced hiker/backpacker, I also enjoy introducing others to my hobbies.  Like many of you, I enjoy watching YouTube. If you haven’t heard, there is an individual attempting to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 3: Backpack

This is the third part of a series. If you have been out of backpacking or hiking for several years, when you think of a backpack, you probably think of the ones with the external metal frame. Times have drastically … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 2: Clothes

This is the second part of a series. What do you wear? You may think a visit to the local outfitter store is needed before you can go backpacking or camping. If you go that route, the chances are they … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 1: How to get started

I’ve been told to write a book.  I’m not sure why.  I didn’t invent anything and I don’t have knowledge that’s not available to the general public.  I HAVE spent a considerable amount of time in the woods and I … Continue reading

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CCU Staff (for lack of a better title)

Last week my dad was in the CCU (Cardiac Care Unit) unexpectedly after a heart attack. Although my dad was 79, it was a surprise. You see, dad was healthy for a 79 year old man.  He was still working, … Continue reading

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Trying to leave Okinawa – a not so funny trip (at the time)

Sometimes fact is stranger – and funnier – than fiction.  I had such an instance recently and I wanted to share my pain for your entertainment once again. I promise I did not embellish or add nonfactual elements to this. … Continue reading

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