M Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella

by Francis Tapon

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Article Summary:

When I'm backpacking, hikers often ask, "Why are you carrying an umbrella?" An umbrella seems out-of-place in the wilderness. It's for city folk, not for macho backpackers. However, hiking with an umbrella is not as foolish as it looks.

I've used umbrellas on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail. Umbrellas have also protected me during my treks across Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula jungle, Slovakia's Tatra Mountains, and Ukraine's tallest peak. In addition, they've served me well during my thru-hike across the Pyrenees and El Camino Santiago. I've used rain jackets, but in general, I find an umbrella superior.

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