I’ve always rather liked the concept of testing gear to its limits. To see just how good any piece of kit is. Indeed, my favorite pieces of equipment are almost always those that I have had the longest and which never seem to give up the challenge. They become a part of your outdoor identity and have earned the right of your company. Each with their own personality, stories and memories. The kit you just never consider an alternative to and never leave home without.
We were fortunate enough to go on a backpacking trip to Costa Rica. This should be on everyone's top ten list of must-see locations. The beauty, the wildlife, the food, and the people are some of the best I have ever experienced.
Your first task will be planning on where to go. There are really three main destinations for the backpacker: Arenal National Park, The Nicoya Peninsula, and the several national parks south of San Jose.