Don't: Be Uninformed
Gather information about the current conditions of where you are going and understand the lay of the land. Use land marks to help you keep track of your orientation. This requires some sort of map or research on your part. You can check out our Caltopo video tutorial if you want to learn the basics of this incredible mapping tool. We'll be releasing an updated version that delves into creating itineraries pretty soon. Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!
Don't: Rely On One Form Of Navigation.
Don't: Take Unnecessary Risk, ESPECIALLY FOR THE GRAM
Do: Know Your Limits
Climbing Mount Whitney or running 100 miles doesn't make you John Rambo. The Whitney trail is a Class 1 hiking path that sees hundreds of travelers every day. Ultra marathon courses are literally selected to minimize risk. Humble yourself.
Have Everything To Spend The Night
This doesn't mean bring all of the luxuries of a glamping trip. Pick up an emergency bivvy. It weighs nothing, fits in any pack (including a running vest), and can help you retain up to 85% of your body heat. A good nights rest is critical to keeping your mind clear and your energy levels high even when you have depleted food or water.
Tell someone where they can find the body.
We get that Billie Eilish just dropped a new album and you want to walk around the forest in a depressed state, but its probably more important that you keep tabs on your surroundings. Plus she's not that great.
Extra Don't & Bonus Do
Don't Be A Bully
- When someone is working something out, it is very normal for them to be so enveloped in the problem that they don't see all of the available solutions.
- If you've been in a potential life threatening situation, then you've made similar mistakes and should be humble enough to understand that you've probably made similar mistakes. If you haven't, then you really don't know how you'll react under the circumstances.
- Whether its a for good story, or an education opportunity, it also not unusual for online journalism and even official case studies to be written with a narrative in mind or with bad information. You simply don't have all of the information.
Do: Learn From Your Mistakes
If you find yourself in trouble during a hike, be aware that the culprit is very likely to be human error in almost every scenario. Think about what you could have done differently and put it into practice on future outings.