The original Ten Essentials list was assembled in the 1930s byThe Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers. In 2003, the group's updated "systems" approach made its debut in its seminal text on climbing and outdoor exploration, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (The Mountaineers Books), now in its eighth edition.
Packing these items whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day hikes, is a good habit to acquire. True, on a routine trip you may use only a few of them. Yet you'll probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need one of them.
We present both the Classic and Updated Ten Essentials here for your reference:
Classic Ten Essentials
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Updated Ten Essential "Systems"
Navigation (map and compass)
Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
Insulation (extra clothing)
Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
Repair kit and tools
Nutrition (extra food)
Hydration (extra water)
For more detailed information on the Ten Essentials we suggest you checkout the links below:
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07/20 - Cornet Bay Overnight 34 enjoyed the spacious grounds at Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center
07/10 - Hike Noble Knob 7/9 18 of us hiked along a beautiful high ridge just outside Mt Rainier NP, and were delighted by a profusion of wildflowers with Rainier rising above and many other peaks visible as well.
07/05 - Hike Crystal Peak 7/2 12 of us did the fairly strenuous hike up Crystal Peak in Mt Rainier NP and were rewarded with close-up views of Rainier, the other 4 volcanoes in WA, and Mt Hood in OR, with fields of wildflowers at peak along the way.
05/30 - Hike Iron Bear to Teanaway Ridge... 15 of us and two dogs took advantage of an exceptionally beautiful Memorial Day weekend and hiked the Iron Bear trail up on to the Teanaway Ridge, with lots of wildflowers and nice views of the Stuart Range and Mt Rainier.