Essay on informative speech about hiking

1229 Words Oct 28th, 2013 5 Pages
Speech title: Essentials for an overnight backpacking trip.
Specific purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience will be able to understand the basic necessities to go on an overnight backpacking trip.
Thesis statement/central idea: Overnight backpacking is fun and with basic understanding and knowledge, anyone can try it.
Imagine yourself walking thru the wilderness, the leaves crunching underneath your feet, birds singing in the distance, squirrels playing in the trees… Are you in a happy place? This is my happy place. I got to this place by backpacking. I started backpacking a few years ago out in Connecticut with some friends. Before we got into backpacking we started doing research by looking online and going to
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C.2. Clothing can vary depending on the time of year or season. You should dress accordingly.
C.3. Shelter can be anything from a tent to just a plain tarp depending on what you want to stay under.
C.4. Food is what keeps you going on the trails and promotes fun on the trip.
II. After doing all the prep work and planning, picking the right gear is important to enjoy the trip.
A. The first type of gear that will be covered is the backpack. This is an important critical piece that helps you carry all the necessities without breaking your back. According to Backpackers start-up: A beginners Guide to Hiking & Backpacking there are 3 types of backpacks.
A.1. Internal frame packs have the frame on the inside of the backpack to allow the backpack to sit closer to the body and moves with the body to help navigate difficult terrain. This type also mitigates the chance of becoming off balance.
A.2. External frame packs support the weight away from the body, which helps in the ease of loading gear and allows sweat to evaporate from your body. This type can increase the chance of becoming off balance due to the weight not being close to the body.
A.3. Daypacks are smaller and good for short distances and light loads due to not much support other than the shoulder straps.
B. The second type of gear is clothing. You should dress accordingly to the season and weather you will be backpacking in.
B.1. Buck Tilton, author of Hiking &
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