Backpacking and BPI

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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: OBPI

Backpacking and BPI

Post by ASC »

Have you ever wanted to go backpacking? But, you do not think you are able because of BPI. Well, guess what. You can, providing one has enough muscle mass on the shoulders. Today's backpack's are equipped with many adjustment features that allows a fine tuned fit for anyone with BPI.

To prove my point. One needs the desire to backpack. A pair of legs and shoulders...that's it! Of course, other gear is needed. My reasoning is that no one should give up on any type of activity.

Just a brief summary of my accomplishments include a 1989 Appalachian Trail hike of the entire trail in 159 days. Working on completing hiking the last 167 miles of The Long Trail in Vermont. I have hiked numerous miles throughout Maine, where I live. Nature and I agree on life. It sets me free from what people try to keep me from doing. Yes, backpacking can be exhausting. However, when one reaches the summit of a mountain, one has nothing to do except to say I DID IT!

The outdoors is a wonderful place to hike and camp. To see an Eagle, Canadian Jays, Deer, or any other type of wildlife, is a bonus prize. So, don't forget a camera.

For more information, one can go online with different suppliers and read the information about backpacks. I strongly suggest L.L. Bean, Campmor, Sierra, and eBay.

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Jennifer P
Posts: 220
Joined: Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:12 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: LOBPI
Location: Pacific Northwest

Re: Backpacking and BPI

Post by Jennifer P »

I agree! I have gone backpacking twice and really enjoyed it. In most cases I was able to put my on and take it off the pack on my own, but having a buddy who knows about the injury and can help you put on or take off your pack as needed is helpful.

I love cooking and I borrowed The Well Fed Backpacker from the library. I liked it so much I ended up purchasing my own copy! ... backpacker
Carolyn J
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Joined: Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:22 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc: LOBPI. I am 77 yrs old and never had a name for my injuries until 2004 when I found UBPN at age 66.

My injuries are: LOBPI on upper body and Cerebrael Palsy on the lower left extremities. The only intervention I've had is a tendon transplant from my left leg to my left foot to enable flexing t age 24 in 1962. Before that, my foot would freeze without notice on the side when wearing heels AND I always did wear them at work "to fit in" I also stuttered until around age 18-19...just outgrew therapy for it. Also suffered from very very low self esteem; severe Depression and Anxiety attacks started at menopause. I stuffed emotions and over-compensated in every thing I did to "fit in" and be "invisible". My injuries were Never addressed or talked about until age 66. I am a late bloomer!!!!!

I welcome any and all questions about "My Journey".
Sharing helps to Heal. HUGS do too.
Location: Tacoma WA

Re: Backpacking and BPI

Post by Carolyn J »

oh how i wish i could and was a "FEW" years younger!
Carolyn J
LOBPI/75++ 8-)