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  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Always take someone with you, never go out alone.
  • Always stick to your plan, stay put if you become lost or stranded.
  • Always carry a survival kit and first aid kit and know how to use both.
  • Always dress for weather but prepare for changes.
  • Always carry rain gear, you must protect yourself from the elements.
  • Always remember that there is no shame in getting lost, the shame is in having to come out in a body bag.

Suggested Reading:

The W.I.S.E. Man’s Guide to Wilderness Survival — Whitmore, Papa Bear

Outdoor Survival Skills — Olson, Larry Dean

Surviving the Unexpected Wilderness Emergency — Fear, Eugene

The Search — Brown, Tom, Jr.

The Secrets of Warmth — Weiss, Hal

Poisonous Dwellers of the Deserts — The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Medicine of Mountaineering — The Seattle Mountaineers