Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Survival Items That Every Backpacker Needs

The following post is by Dan Corcorran from

You’re heading out for a long weekend backpacking trip. You have food, shelter, water purification, and extra layers. You’re prepared for anything right? But what if you get lost and unexpectedly need to extend your trip? What if you or one of your friends or family get injured and can’t make it back to the trailhead. Ensure your safety – and the safety of the people you’re responsible for – by bringing these 7 survival items every backpacker needs. 

To read the rest of Dan's post go here.

Editorial comment:  Survival item number one on Dan's list is a whistle.  I couldn't agree more.  Old technology that works like a champ.  Of the many rescue missions my SAR teams has had this year several were resolved by whistles.

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