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7/6/11 2:37 P

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Info. about the 10 Essentials can be found here:

"The original Ten Essentials list was assembled in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers. In 2003, the group's updated "systems" approach made its debut in its seminal text on climbing and outdoor exploration, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (The Mountaineers Books, 2010), now in its eighth edition.

Why create such a list? The book's editors explain: "The purpose of this list has always been to answer 2 basic questions: First, can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? Second, can you safely spend a night—or more—out?"

Packing these items whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day hikes, is a good habit to acquire. True, on a routine trip you may use only a few of them. Yet you'll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need one of them."

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7/6/11 1:44 A

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What are the ten essentials?

7/5/11 11:11 P

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This sounds like fun. I wish I didn't have to work Friday. Keep us updated on any future events. Have fun.

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7/5/11 8:24 P

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I'm going to do one of the "Walk There!" walks this Friday July 8th at 8:30AM. The "4T - Trail, Tram, Trolley & Train" - MODIFIED.

This walk/hike starts & ends at the Oregon Zoo MAX Station at 4001 SW Canyon Rd. in PDX. I live in the Pearl & will start from the Old Town/Chinatown MAX Station @ 8:03am & will arrive @ the Washington Park MAX Station @ 8:21am. I will not be returning to the Zoo/start point as I live downtown, once we get off the Tram we will catch the Streetcar to 10th & Alder, the group will take the MAX train back to the Zoo & I will stay downtown.

The book lists the total mileage at 3.95 miles, 8342 steps, 3 out of 5 difficulty. I am out of shape. We will be walking at a very moderate pace, 1.5-2 MPH. Figure 2-3 hours. We will leave no walker/hiker behind.

Starting at 8:30am... figure 3 hours for the hike portion alone (the other portions add another hour onto your total time)... you'll be ending around noon. For those of you returning to the Zoo, perhaps you'd like to pack a lunch & eat together? Anybody else starting & ending w/ me at the Old Town/Chinatown MAX - we can head to the waterfront, sit in the grass, chat about future walks/hikes/bike rides, people watch & eat whatever lunch/snacks we've packed.

As I am leading this Walk... I assume no liability for your safety getting to the trailhead or on the trail, NO WALKERS/HIKERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 - NO MINORS! NO DOGS.

Weather forecast: high of 72, partly cloudy, 10% chance of showers. Dress appropriately. I never hike without the Ten Essentials, you shouldn't either.

RSVP by Thursday July 7th @ NOON


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