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The Ten Essentials

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When setting out on an outdoor adventure there are some items to take in your pack. In the 1930’s a group called the Mountaineers created a list of “10 essentials” for outdoor activities and emergencies. The Mountaineers were a group of hikers and outdoors adventurists.

As technology and ways of life have evolved so has the list. The original list had specific items a map, compass, sunglasses and sunscreen, extra clothing, headlamp/flashlight, first-aid supplies, fire starter, matches, knife and extra food. Now the list is comprised of systems to allow each person to choose the item that best suits them.

1. Navigation- GPS, map, compass, etc. anything that can orient to precise location.

2. Headlamp/flashlight & spare batteries

3. Sun protection- sunglasses, protective clothing, and sunscreen

4. First Aid kit

5. Knife

6. Fire starter- matches, lighter, tender, etc.

7. Shelter

8. Extra food

9. Extra water

10. Extra clothes

Most of the time outings will go off without a hitch, and packing so much extra will feel silly. Emergencies happen, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. Each adventure has the potential to veer off course, having your ten essentials with you helps keep everyone prepared.

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Madison VanRavensway
Madison VanRavensway
Don't let her quiet nature fool you. Madison is a force to be reckoned with in the outdoors, or creating amazing recipes from scratch.
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