At its heart, hiking is about getting away from technology. Stuffing everything you need to survive for a few days into a bag and disappearing into the woods is as much about breaking free of the daily Twitter grind as it is about pushing yourself physically and connecting with nature. And while there’s certainly something to be said for really roughing it, there’s no rule that demands you give up all the creature comforts of modern living to enjoy camping. (If there were, all these ultralight hikers would be boiling water over a fire instead of using filters and stoves.) In fact, part of the allure of backpacking is all the gear.
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