1. Eat What You WantEngaging in a type II sufferfest is NOT the time to adhere to a diet. Fun fact, a 150-pound person burns around 4,000 calories throughout a tough day on the trail. It’s one of the great things about backpacking and mountaineering, you can (and should) eat whatever the hell you want. Your body needs all the sugars, carbs and fat it can handle to get that quick energy. So say goodbye to your green smoothy and hello to sugary candy!
2. Handle Backcountry Roads Like a BossMany women fear driving down bumpy dirt roads. I’m here to tell you, you don’t need something flopping between your legs to be a good driver. Here are a few quick tips about driving on dirt:
- Go fast over washboard. Those tiny, never-ending sea of ridges can rattle you into oblivion, if you drive a bit fast over them, you’ll notice that the bump and grind ain’t so bad.
- Know how to change a flat. Stuff happens, but that doesn’t mean you will be SOL. Changing a flat is relatively simple and your car should provide you with most of the equipment you need.
- Ride the highs. Sometimes roads get a horrible ditch carved through them from runoff. Instead of trying to run your vehicle through that rut, ride high. This often means you’ll be spinning your wheel wildly and using all the road you’ve got, but that will help stop you from high-centering.
- Always let oncoming vehicles know how many are in your party. A fist means you’re the last or only vehicle.