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Let's Have Your "Lessons Learned...The Hard Way", (Don't Be Shy!)

- Learn how to read a map/navigate

- Keep sharp things away from your air mattress 😞

- Take enough time to acclimatize to high altitude!!!!

- Check the expiration dates on those Hand-warmer packets!

- Don't let your breakfast water freeze.

- Don't pitch your tent in that nice looking low spot.

REI Member Since 1979
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  • remember to unbuckle all of your pack straps when crossing a river, that way it's easier to get up if you fall in.


  • Try not to step on wet logs, or rocks for that matter...assume they're slippery....and watch out for wet leaves hiding rocks, logs, mud, slippery areas.


  • while I'm at it, please don't try to hop across a creek with ice on the rocks.  All it takes is one slippery rock to put you on your backside in freezing water, not fun.
REI Member Since 1979

Before pitching your tent, when your campsite has a good fire-ring, take a look at which way the wind is blowing and put your tent up-wind and at a pretty good distance from where the fire's going to be.  Tent's don't do well with blowing embers.

REI Member Since 1979