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[28 Jan 2006|06:48pm]
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Backpacking Ten Essentials

From The Lightweight Backpacker

The first ten items in this list are the selections of essential backpacking gear which The Mountaineers refer to as The Ten Essentials and promote as critical and essential items which belong in your pack as insurance against the unexpected. Although you may not use all the backpacking ten essentials every day, they can be life savers in an emergency. As a supplement to the ten essentials, I have added four additional backpacking essential gear items which are pretty important to our health and welfare in the wilds, as well as suggest some small, lightweight, purchase options for many of the "essentials".

1. Map 2. Compass 3. Flashlight / Headlamp 4. Extra Food 5. Extra Clothes 6. Sunglasses 7. First-Aid Kit 8. Pocket Knife 9. Waterproof Matches 10. Firestarter 11. Water / Filter / Bottles 12. Whistle 13. Insect Repellents or Clothing 14. Sunburn PreventativesCollapse )
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