Wow, I wonder where this fellow found his 10 Lb handgun?
As for where to carry your handgun, it's always best to carry on your person. Not buried somewhere in your hiking backpack.
Dawson Wheeler, owner of Rock/Creek Outfitters in Chattanooga, has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and said he understands hikers’ fears, because there were many moments during his trip when he wished he had a gun.
But carrying a loaded gun on a trail is not practical, he said.
Handguns weighing five to 10 pounds are comparatively heavy, and if they are buried in a backpack out of sight it could take a hiker too long to reach one in an emergency, he said.
Dawson Wheeler also provided safety tips for ways to stay safe in the woods without carrying a weapon. I've corrected them below:
Corrected Safety tips:
TIPS ON HIKING SAFETY (corrected)
1. Never hike alone: hike with a slow runner - that way if you're attacked you don't have to outrun your assailant, just your hiking buddy.
2. Don’t leave your street sense (or your gun) at home.
3. Be careful in parking lots, roads, & on lonely hiking trails in the middle of nowhere.
4. Hike during the day, sleep at night (with your gun).
5. Pick trails with a lot of traffic.
6. Do homework before you go. Ask a park ranger or an outdoors store employee about your hiking or camping destinations, then be sure to carry your gun regardless. If you knew you were hiking into trouble, you obviously would not hike there. Better to be safe than sorry.