survival

The Zero Essential

The Zero Essential is usually forgotten by those who mindlessly regurgitate the ten essentials, perhaps because you don’t buy it in a store, and you don’t even take it with you. (For more on this issue see The Ten Essentials…

Guy Waterman vs. SAR teams

Guy Waterman wrote in “Backwoods Ethics” that the very presence of communication devices such as cell phones, even if they’re tucked away and unused, reduces the wilderness experience. A recent article in the New York Times – Hikers: Can You…

A Tale of Two Hikers

Two recent stories of hikers who did not return from a day hike as planned highlight the difference between hikers who are prepared to spend a night in the woods even if they had set out on a day hike,…

How to Survive a Day Hike

The Eastwick Press recently published a story about two local hikers who got in trouble on a planned day hike up Round Mountain in the Adirondacks. You can read the full story here: Desperate Hours For Two Grafton Hikers While…