The most important hiking or backpacking goal is making your trip as safe as possible.
Focus on this goal continually during your trip. Stop and assess the situation if safety is compromised. If the problem can’t be corrected, head back and return on another day.
Staying safe as you progress into an unfamiliar and unpredictable outdoor environment is the primary goal.
Planning and preparing for a recreation adventure ensures the trip is safe, enjoyable, and worry free.
Leaving out one of the Seven Basic Steps may compromise trip safety.
Be aware if circumstances require leaving out a step. Slow down, stop, and reassess why you’re doing what your doing. Nothing justifies taking unnecessary chances.