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THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

Sleeping pads are like the hiking boot of your backcountry sleep system. Like a boot, the sleeping pad serves as your main connection to terra firma. Good choices can improve your backcountry experience when you…

6/10 FIRE

6/10 FIRE

Since the time of the Caveman, Fire has been essential to our survival. Fire has encouraged the improvement of our diet. It provides light and warmth, protects us from wild animals, welcomes others into its…

10/10 EMERGENCY SHELTER

10/10 EMERGENCY SHELTER

Emergency Shelter was not on the original Ten Essentials list. It has been added to the “Systems Approach” revision. It probably came onto the list due to the recognition that if there is an emergency…

8/10 NUTRITION

8/10 NUTRITION

Most hikers will not go anywhere without an extra energy source in their pack. This usually comes in the form of something easy to carry and quick acting. Some of these products suggest that they…

7/10 REPAIR KIT AND TOOLS

7/10 REPAIR KIT AND TOOLS

Of course, you will have inspected and replaced any worn equipment before departing on a great adventure. But remember Murphy’s Law and be prepared. There are very few things as frustrating as having spent hours…

3/10 INSULATION

3/10 INSULATION

It is gratifying to stand out in the sunlight on a cool or cold day and feel the warmth. Even if it is not raising your body temperature, you feel warmer. Unfortunately, the corollary is…

9/10 HYDRATION

9/10 HYDRATION

Water is the elixir of life. In fact, water may be the place where life began. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we cannot live without it. You can live for weeks…

5/10 FIRST AID SUPPLIES

5/10 FIRST AID SUPPLIES

Venturing out into the wilderness by yourself is full of potential disaster and false assumptions: “Oh, I’m just going up the incline; Oh, I’ll be all right; Oh, I’m not going to get hurt”. Just…

CONCLUSION

CONCLUSION

The Ten Essentials are not exhaustive. They were formulated by experts in wilderness travel. But they may not be all the essentials you should carry in your pack. You need to consider what is essential…

4/10 ILLUMINATION

4/10 ILLUMINATION

Nothing is so gratifying as helping people see the light. It is important to see and be seen in the wilderness. The access to light can mean recovery from underestimating the length or difficulty of…