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Location, Location, Location: Choosing a Beginner’s Backpacking Destination

When asked by Backpacking Magazine about his views on the importance of taking care of the environment, then Presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, stated: “My connection to the earth was formed during my time in Hawaii, my birthplace. I think those of us who grew up in Hawaii have a particular attachment to the land and understand how fragile it is. When you are snorkeling through the coral reefs, you can see firsthand that a slight change in temperature or increase in sediment and runoff or change in acidification could end up destroying it all and making it unavailable for your children.” Backpacker or not, wouldn’t you agree? Backpacking is an adventure. It’s part hiking, part camping, and lets you...

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