Be a Smart Day Hiker - Ten Essentials

Picture yourself on the trail. You’re out for a day hike and, all of sudden, you realize that you have no idea where you are. It is starting to rain, it is getting dark, and you’re not sure which way to go. What do you do?

Cartoon marmot wearing a hat and backpack in a green meadow

We hope you have your Ten Essentials in your backpack. It is important to have your Ten Essentials - the basic supplies to address ‘what if’ wilderness scenarios - in your backpack on every hike, Don’t know what the Ten Essentials are? We’ve got you right over here.

This is an important reminder based on recent information published by National Geographic. This article notes that Day Hikers, not backpackers, are the most vulnerable in survival situations. The majority of incidents are related to simple bad luck and a lack of proper preparation. Always having your Ten Essentials goes a long way toward making sure you don’t become a statistic.

We’d love to help you smartly prepare for your future adventures. Check out our Guided Day Hike events to join us on the trail. See you there!


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