In the YouTube video titled “DUMBEST beginner mistakes – HIKING & Backpacking (don’t make these!)”, Jeremiah Stringer discusses some common mistakes he has made personally and observed others make while hiking and backpacking. He advises viewers to learn from these mistakes and avoid making them themselves.
The first mistake he mentions is not drinking enough water, especially in cold weather. He suggests drinking a liter of water every four miles or adjusting according to individual needs.
Next, he talks about the importance of filtering water. He shares a story about encountering someone who was drinking dirty water without filtering it, even though they had previously contracted giardia twice. Jeremiah strongly advises using water filtration systems or tablets to avoid waterborne illnesses.
Another mistake he admits to making is overpacking. He confesses to packing excessive clothes or bringing too much food, particularly chocolate. He suggests being mindful of packing only essentials and not indulging in unnecessary items.
Overall, in the video, Jeremiah provides valuable advice to beginner hikers and backpackers, based on his own experiences and the mistakes he has witnessed.