Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

5 Things Backpackers Do



1. Pee outside. Seriously, this is the view from the commode at our first potty break. I doubt there’s a 5-star hotel out there that can boast of a view like this from the toilet.


2. Bathe in deet. It feels like it anyway. Nothing like rubbing 98% deet all over every exposed part of my body to fend off armies of killer mosquitos.


3. Drink water that looks like this. Filtered from Cross River, Corey assured me it was safe to drink. I trusted him and survived, so I guess he was telling the truth.


4. Get very excited about super lightweight camping items. This cute little Big Agnes two-man tent weighs just over 2 lbs. I always roll my eyes when Corey buys a lighter weight version of something he already owns,  but I sure appreciate it  when I’m carrying it on my back.



5. Endure tired feet and sore muscles for an occasional incredible view. Like these of Lake Superior and Temperance River rapids.

Our trip was less than ideal in many ways that I’m not going to take the time to elaborate on now, but it was an adventure for sure. And nothing beats an adventure with Corey Harms.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

10 thoughts on “5 Things Backpackers Do

  1. We visited that area last summer – loved it! However, we stayed in a lodge instead of a tent!

  2. True dat. Love this. Thanks for posting my hiking blog. Our water was red and we don’t filter, we steri pen, so there is lots of sediment 😦 Also, we saw lots of those same sights, but the mosquitos weren’t bad at all, just the biting flies.

    • I’m a little jealous you didn’t have to deal with mosquitoes, but if I had to choose between a rebelling dog and annoying mosquitoes, I think I’d go with the mosquitoes. 😉

  3. I have the same tent, except in one person size (my girlfriend doesn’t like backpacking). Love it!

  4. Love the north shore. We’re you hiking on the superior national trail?

  5. We were happy with it. We had a decent storm the first night and it survived and we stayed dry.

  6. Love my Big Agnes tent (and my base weight of <10lbs). Lightweight gear makes backpacking so much more enjoyable!

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