Getting on the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. – Ed Viesturs, professional mountaineer and recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award & American Alpine Club Sowles Awards
My husband and I have been doing a lot of hiking lately and, as seasoned traveler and my husband an Eagle Scout, we are both fairly diligent when it comes to packing for a trip. However, there’s always this one time when you feel like relaxing a little because you’ve had a crazy week and thinking that “you’ve got this” because you’ve done it so many times. It was this one time that we’d wished that we packed a little better, that we had to do an out & back trip instead of our intended loop!
1. Make a checklist!
2. Inform your family or friends your destination.
3. Check the weather – Layer, layer, layer! Bring an extra lightweight layer if the weather is finicky on the day of hike.
4. Hardcopy of trail maps.
5. Extra supplies – water, snacks, battery pack for your mobile phone
6. A flashlight or headlamp (be sure to check the batteries!)
7. Matches or lighter is good to have because you’ll never know when you need to make a fire!