TO HELP YOU IN THE BACKCOUNTRY
COMMON BACKCOUNTRY MISTAKES
Here are some of the common mistakes that people make when traveling in the backcountry.
With proper planning, preparation, and prevention, these mistakes and their consequences can be avoided.
Regardless of experience level, no one is immune from getting lost, stranded, injured, or killed while recreating or working in a wilderness environment.
NOT TELLING SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING
Give someone you trust a written copy of your trip plan. This plan should include:
Your estimated time of departure
The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all group members
Any relevant medical conditions
Your vehicle's make, model, and license number
Your expected route of travel, trail head information, and camp sites.
Your final destination and expected time of return.
NOT PACKING THE 10 ESSENTIALS
Flashlight: plus extra batteries
Fire: lighter, waterproof matches, tinder, or stove
Knife: and/or multitool
Navigation: map, compass, GPS, personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger
Shelter: emergency blanket and/or bivy
First Aid Kit: including a tick kit, foot care, and insect repellent
SEPARATING FROM THE GROUP
Always start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group.
The group should stay within conversation distance of each other. This will help everyone stay close together.
If you are faster than others in your group, be a friend and slow down for the safety of everyone. The slowest person should lead and set the pace. Be patient! You will get there.
Always go with a group.
There is safety in numbers.
NOT DRESSING PROPERLY
Be prepared for the worst kind of weather possible for the time of year in the area you are going to be in or traveling through.
Avoid cotton clothing. When it gets wet it will be very slow to dry and it will no longer keep you warm when you need it.
Use wool, or a synthetic material instead.
NOT TURNING BACK
There are many things that will cause you and the group to turn back. Not making this decision to turn back can jeopardize your life or the life of others in your group. Avoid Summit Fever!