It may surprise you to know that one of the most dangerous survival situations in the backcountry is not from an animal attack or trail accident, but instead results from our own lack of preparedness for inclement weather. No one can accurately predict the weather in the mountains, which can change dramatically in a matter of minutes. Besides feeling miserable, being cold or wet can also be a very real and dangerous threat to a person’s survival in the backcountry. However, it can be easily prevented by always packing the proper gear regardless of the length of your trip. I recommend you bring the following essential gear:
Besides its obvious use, the toilet paper makes good tinder and can be used in other types of emergencies. The matches are a back up for the lighter. I also recommend that you gather about three times more firewood than you think you need for the night and strongly urge you to research hypothermia. It could save your life.
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