Off topic question. My girlfriend and I are looking to go backpacking this summer. We have a week of vaca., but realistically we won't be able to hike for a week. We are both smokersand probably don't have the endurance. We are both decently in shape, but let's be honest...We CAN"T do a whole week. Anyway, we are looking to go at least for 2 days, but we are wary (sp?) of going by ourselves. We are two young girls out in the middle of the woods. Which, of course, makes us want to go even more, because why should being female stop us?However, realistically, is anyone experienced in hiking/backpacking? I think we are going to do a little of the appalachian trail, but we are both pretty uneducated on what we should have with us for safety precautions. Advice?? Thanks!