Map, Compass & GPS

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ten Essentials - Include a Whistle

The Ten Essentials is a list of ten very basic items that a hiker or hunter should carry in a day pack; visi tThe Mountaineers Ten Essentials to get their traditional list. 

Consider this to be the foundation of your pack.

While sitting at a desk the backcountry hiker would consider this a very slim list.  Many of the essentials can be carried in a fanny pack.

One item I'd add to the list is a whistle.

Each year, lost hikers a located by using a whistle.  Of course one can yell.....for a short time; until one's voice is worn out.  Whistles require no batteries, can be really loud and take up little room. Ten essentials whistle.  I like the Fox 40 and I like to have a whistle made of plastic and is florescent/hunter orange.

Keeping it simple, here is what  is on  Sportsman's Warehouse has them too.

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