I'm glad to see other people disagree with the sunscreen comment. I'd have to say that a great deal of my hiking is in the shade but when you get above the tree line - not so much.
also a map won't help if you don't know where you are
and check the weather before you go, nothing ruins the day like getting caught in a storm you were not ready for
I think I lug too much stuff along but I don't venture out without a backpack full of things I consider essential like my GPS, swiss army knife, flint, rain jacket, first aid kit, water (possibly filter - depends), peanut butter crackers, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, notebook & pen, camera, dog, dog cookies, dog cleanup bags, hand wipes, whistle, tilley hat, extra socks
and yes I have used every single thing there
trust me on the extra socks, nothing beats putting on fresh socks halfway through the day
- 3/27/2012 9:49:38 AM