CNN: Backpacking for the Mind, Body and SoulAugust 15, 2012 by Shannon

August 15 2012. Get off the grid and into the wild on an overnight backpacking trip. Backpackers are likely to experience the wilderness much more intimately than other types of travelers -- and reap the benefits of physical exercise and mental refreshment at the same time. "A variety of studies show that even relatively brief experiences in nature can enhance feelings of energy and vitality," said Dr. Richard M. Ryan, professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester. Nature has a way of magnifying little details you may have overlooked, and your safety and overall enjoyment depend on your preparedness. So if you're not sure where to begin your backpacking adventure, consider a guided trip. Read more at: By Katherine Dorsett Bennett