Articles written by: Samarth Vasisht

Samarth Vasisht

I am a 19-year-old sophomore studying business and biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. I’m an avid fan of the outdoors and spend my weekends backpacking in the Blue Ridge, hiking in the woods around Chapel Hill, or just volunteering at the botanical gardens. I absolutely love being outside and sharing the beauty of nature with the people around me!

Preparing for the Unknown
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Preparing for the Unknown

by Samarth Vasisht Understanding the dangers of backpacking and being prepared for troublesome situations are an essential part of prepping for a trip. Dangers vary from region to region, so be sure to understand what to prepare for wherever you’re going. First, look at the weather! If it’s raining, be prepared [...]

Shelter: Tarps, Bivys, Tents, and Hammocks
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Shelter: Tarps, Bivys, Tents, and Hammocks

by Samarth Vasisht  Understanding what shelter system you want to use when backpacking can be an overwhelming and difficult decision. Here are some facts, pros and cons of each of the 4 primary systems to help make the process just a bit easier: Tarps.  Tarps are a great way to [...]

The Ten Essentials: What You Need for Backpacking
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The Ten Essentials: What You Need for Backpacking

by Samarth Vasisht  The so-called “ten essentials” are a constantly debated and altered list within the backpacking community. Understanding what comprises the ten essentials and, most importantly, bringing them on every trip is a simple and easy way to ensure that you have a great time in the backcountry. 1. Navigation. Bring maps, [...]

Backpacking Basics
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Backpacking Basics

by Samarth Vasisht Going backpacking is not at all about the destination; it’s about the journey. Understanding how to make that journey about your surroundings and not about the aching and discomfort is essential to any backpacking trip, so here are some tips: Partner/Friends: Find a group of friends that [...]

The Art of Studying Outside
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The Art of Studying Outside

by Samarth Vasisht Enjoying the outdoors as a student can be difficult, especially as the workload of school bears down upon you. I always try to get outside as much as I can, and during school especially because it gets hard being inside all day. An awesome way to spend your [...]