Backpacking is easy with these tips. Get expert advice on backpacking, hiking, and the great outdoors in this video tutorial. Take action: keep weight off of shoulders, bring plenty of snacks and water, maintain healthy exercise, and consult a guidebook to determine an appropriate trail. John Flaherty, the instructor of this how-to video from Live Strong, has a great love for the outdoors. In 2003, John and his wife started Central Coast Outdoors in northern California. His company provides hiking, kayaking, and biking services for those wanting to be closer to nature. John has traveled all around the world through his love of hiking.