ScoutCircle – Scouts and Backpacking

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Scoutmaster Joe Jacaruso shares his backpacking knowledge.

Joe Jacaruso, Scoutmaster and an avid backpacker, will join us at  Sunday October 13 9-10 PM EDT to talk about Scouts and backpacking. ScoutCircle is a monthly live presentation with questions from viewers, you can see our past ScoutCircles presentations here.

Joe Jacaruso says:

“All I need is just one more excuse to go backpacking.”

If you asked any of the people I went to school about what I would be doing now, backpacking would not be at the top of the list. It would not of been on mine either. When my son turned eleven he joined a Boy Scout Troop in Burlington, NC that supposedly did a fair amount of backpacking. Not knowing a thing about it I somehow was talked into helping with the program. Before I knew it I was spending weekends walking through the NC mountains with a pack on my back.

After a weeklong trip with my son in the Smokey Mountain National Park I begin to question the weight of my pack. Why was it so easy to carry at the end of the trip and such a burden the first couple of days?

I started reading articles on the web especially Backpacking Light and soon mounted a quest to get my pack weight done as low as possible. Lowering my pack weight was turned out to be a life saver.

In 2010 my son talked me into hiking the Appalachian Trail. At the age of 57 I was able to comfortable hike day in and day out as much as 30 miles a day with a total pack weight as low as 15 pounds. One of the best results of my low weight was during the 2,179 miles I only had two blisters.

It was an unforgettable experience that has changed the way I hike. It also has given me opportunities to introduce other hikers including Boy Scouts to a lighter and easier style of hiking.

Bragging rights Married to my wonderful wife Susan since 1974, Two children that make me proud every day, Two grandchildren that love to play with their Grandandy (that’s me), Scoutmaster, Thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2010, Hiked the SC Foothills Trail/Bartram Trail and AT for three weeks in 2012 covering 474 miles. My plans at this time center around a section of the Mountain to Sea Trail between Boone and Mount Mitchell. I all goes as planned, I will be out hiking the last week of this month.

Here are a couple of other places you can read about my adventures

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