I Just got back from a few weeks of playing in the interior. I did a few day trips to nearby lakes for a bit of fishing, went on one three day outing to look over an area for possible future trips, and did a bit of backcountry driving – poking around here and there. Regardless of trip length, climate, time of year, or outing intent, there is one piece of gear I always pack.
A detailed, well marked, map should be part of the information you leave with your emergency contact. This map should give a good idea of your route and where you’ll be spending time exploring, camping, etc., should a search become necessary.
Camping Gear at Reasonable Prices There are a number of places you can get discount or budget outdoor gear. Notice I didn’t say cheap. Quality equipment can often be found for a reasonable price if you are not in a hurry to buy and/or don’t feel the need to own the latest and greatest.
High performance camping gear can be relatively expensive. I say relatively because many people are willing to pay generously when it comes to certain features, features they consider essential. For this person, the benefit of a 5% to 10% gain in performance, in exchange for a 200% increase in price, is a deal.
In commercial arboriculture, new tree climbers are trained “low and slow”. This allows trainees to get accustomed to the equipment, body positioning, and cutting techniques, in a controlled, graduated manner. Full training can take many years of consistent practice. New backpackers and campers would be well advised to follow the same practice. Yet…