Sit. Rep. #137: Priority Purchasing-I, Altitude

1- Hiking is hard on your feet compared to an average school or workday.  You will usually cover many more miles through rougher terrain.  If you are backpacking; then your feet and legs are carrying more weight than normal.  I coach beginning backpackers to concentrate their first purchases on shoes and socks.  Ask your fellow … Read more

Sit. Rep. #131: Mastery Builds Confidence

1- EDGE: learning, understanding, teaching, and mastery.  We talked about School in Sit. Rep. #6.  Your Personal toolkit was discussed in Sit. Rep. # 17.  Scouting EDGE was covered in Sit. Rep. #83 and #96.  Generally when we pass a Scout off of fulfilling a requirement for Scout advancement; that Scout has generally passed the … Read more

Sit. Rep. #124: Risk, Q Signals, EPIRBs

1- This is from the Pacific Crest Trail Association: There is intrinsic risk in the wilderness. lightning, cold weather, falling rock, wild animals, and a long list of other/additional dangers exist. It’s not 100% safe. A twisted ankle can be life-threatening if you are alone. Learn first aid. You are responsible for your own safety. … Read more