Originally Posted by WV
Those are just the top 5, not all you need.
Don't underestimate the importance of practice. ("I listen
, and I hear; I see
, and I understand; I do
, and I know.")
Don't count too heavily on luck; it really doesn't belong on a preparedness list, but you don't want to be out of it.
It helps if your companions are knowledgeable, prudent, experienced, and lucky. (Been there, done that.
We just had this talk this past weekend (Jerzybear and I ) about winter camping /Backpacking
Knowledge is big to me...
1- know your gear inside and out
2-know when to bail or ask for help .. pride can kill in 0F
3-know how to setup and take down fast in the bitter cold(again knowing your gear inside and out ) your fingers will thank you
4-know YOUR limits .. everyones limits will be different but know- YOURS -
know the limits of your gear and cloths .. don't wear jeans and sneakers to a winter camp out in snow and expect to be warn... don't bring a poncho lines UQ or a summer UQ to a 0F hang ... Bring Proper gear !!!
5-Use Common Sense
... this is a No Brainer to me
remember winter camping/backpacking is a learned art that takes time to master ... you will fail or forget something but remember to learn from it and have fun ..