|Safe Skills for traveling through rigorous terrain
otherwise known as "Safe Hiking"
Before you can start an hike, or daytrip for that matter, you must set out a course. For hikes,
we set out trails that we follow. A good trail blends into the backcountry so well, you will
hardly notice it beneath your feet. Look closely, though, and you may see rock walls,
bridges, and other structures built to make the pathway smooth and safe.
A well-made trail also protects the land it crosses. The path may lead you around
meadows or away from fragile lakeshores. Since water from rain and melting snow can
rush down a steep path and turn into a gully, a good route switches back and forth as it
goes up the side of a hill. That gentle grade is easier on the land, and easier on you.
The most important meal for hiking is the breakfast, you eat before you hit the trail.
Whether in camp or at home, a hearty breakfast starts the day right.
Carry a lunch in your pack. Sandwiches, fruit, nuts, and raisins work well. Fill your canteen
or water bottle before you start out, and sip from it whenever you are thirsty.
-credit the Boy Scout Handbook