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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Don't Take to the Trails Without These 10 Essentials

The key to keeping a hike safe and enjoyable is making sure you have the right gear.
  • Trail shoes or boots
  • GPS, map and compass.  A GPS enabled device is handy, but go old-school too.  Always carry a map and compass as a backup should your electronic device die or should the unit be unable to pick up a signal
  • Extra water and way to purify water should you run out and need to use lake or stream water.
  • Rain gear and extra clothing.  Try to avoid cotton, which keeps moisture close to your skin.
  • Safety items--such as flashlight, whistle and a way to start a fire.
  • Extra food
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi-purpose tool
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Daypack/Backpack

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