In Conclusion

The Order of Importance

This course was developed primarily for beginning hikers, and my desire was to establish information and concepts in order of relative importance.

We started with “The Ten Essentials”, then introduced “Staying Safe”. When placed in proper context, it’s not all about gear. Your gear doesn’t think by itself; it’s a byproduct of a comprehensive safety approach.

Correct pre-trip information, intelligent trip planning and preparation, and rational decision-making when confronted with an emergency is where you come in.

I hope the information presented here will be a good start. May you have many enjoyable outdoor recreation experiences to come!

Matt Fields