Oh yeah! I didn't die on my backpacking trip. We hiked/camped in the Palisades in Swan Valley, Idaho. The trip was about 15 miles in all, and I kicked butt. Didn't slow anyone down, didn't have problems with my pack (once Bryan situated it correctly so it didn't hurt) and didn't get hurt. Success!
All in all my first backpacking trip was a complete success, and I can't wait to do another one soon!!