I was kicking this idea around, please let me know if you like it:
Hiking In-Ten-Tions by NickC
I don’t know about you, but I love the outdoors. The smell of pine trees and fresh air away from cities brings back memories of when I was a kid. It was a memorable and formative part of my life. Today, I enjoy doing the same thing as I did back then, the only difference is that I have a plan. The title Hiking In-Ten-Tions is a play on words. It is your plan or intent of what you will be doing in the back country, but it can be expressed in ten “tions.” The following items are based off of the 10 essentials that many of us already use but branded with an easy to remember acronym: LINCHPINS-M.
In a perfect world, I would go on an excursion with just the shirt on my back and the shoes on my feet. As I have gotten older this is not enough. The “what ifs” in life are always in the back of my mind. What if I am out longer than I expected? What if I become hungry or thirsty and cannot provide for these needs? What if I become injured? Having a plan and using the items in LINCHPINS-M allows me to not only enjoy the day somewhat carefree, but to also have a backup plan if Murphy’s Law happens. These are defined as the following:
So, these are my opinion of what everyone should have in their hiking intentions; their plan to have a successful outdoor excursion. A small backpack should be able to do the job with minimal weight. Experiment with what works for you and as always, enjoy the fresh air.
@NickC You have good basic advice in this article,but at the risk of messing up your acronym, I think you should include a cell phone with its many applications. Most people will be carrying one anyway.
That raises the issue of maintaining a charge in thee phone, which these days often means some sort of power bank. And what about PLBs and similar? This drags technology into the outdoors and the wilderness, which is debatable, but these days, many recovery operations are facilitated with cell phones.
One side note: IMHO, surviving three days without water is highly optimistic, other than in optimum conditions, but I am a gnarly old desert rat.