I am a 17 year old guy and am planning a first time backcountry trip on ontario crown land this summer with a friend of mine. We plan to go hiking for 7 days on a large expanse of crown land in northern Ontario. We both want to develop our outdoor skills and crown land seems an excellent place to do so due to the limited regulations compared to the parks. We are both physically able and love the outdoors. Above all, we're not stupid and realize that this is going to require lots of planning and preparation to keep a safe trip. We have months before the trip (either in august or july) to plan.
What can we do to best prepare ourselves for this trip?