Pictured is my favorite hat and water bottle. Both have been on many adventures with me, but this summer we flat out covered some ground, and they were there through it all! From going vertical and bagging Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet in Great Basin National Park, Nevada to going more horizontal on a 37-mile backpacking trip through Seven Devils Canyon outside Riggins, Idaho my trusty hat and water bottle served me well.
When we gear up to go on our outdoor adventures it is important that we are prepared as possible. We can never really know what is going to happen, but being prepared helps minimize the excitement when something does happen. Leave No Trace Principle 1: Plan Ahead and Prepare helps us accomplish goals safely and in an enjoyable manner, while minimizing damage to the land (lnt.org). When you are planning a trip be sure to be clear on the expectations of your trip with yourself and your partners. Identify skills and abilities of your teammates and gain as much knowledge as possible about the area you plan to visit. Choose your equipment and clothing wisely, including both comfort and safety in your considerations. Plan your trip to match your skills, knowledge, abilities, and equipment. Finally, after your trip, be sure to evaluate how things went and note any changes that you may want to incorporate on your next adventure.
Having tried and true equipment makes it easier to be prepared, and it’s like having old friends along the trail with you. You know the old saying, “if these walls could talk”? Well, I think outdoor enthusiasts could say, “if this hat and water bottle could talk!”