Planning and Preparation

Once you have left the comparative safety of your home and ventured away from established facilities you have entered an environment where even slight errors in judgment or a bit of bad luck can have serious or even fatal consequences. 

 

 An injury or an illness that occurs hours or days away from help, a sudden change in the weather or a miscalculation of your skills or the hazards can turn an enjoyable trek into a disaster.  Here are a few rules for planning any extended (over a few hours) outdoor trek:

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