Know before you go

Hazards

Poison Oak

Leaves of three, let it be!

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Dehydration

Drink a minimum of 2 liters, more if it's hot.

Sunburn

Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

Bees

If you're allergic, please carry your EpiPen & let one of us know what to do should you be stung.

Mountain lions & rattlesnakes

We haven't seen either of these YET.

Ten essentials

Outdoor adventurers recommend these ten essentials when exploring the backcountry. It’s probably overkill for our hikes, but maybe a good habit to get into nonetheless. Keep in mind that the most essential tool is between your ears: use common sense--drink plenty of water, stay on the trail, and stick with the group.

1. Navigation (GPS, map, and compass)

2. Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)

3. Insulation (dress in layers clothing)

4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)

5. First-aid supplies

6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)

7. Nutrition (ample snacks )

8. Hydration (plenty of water)

9. Emergency shelter (just in case)

10. Repair kit/tools (pocket knife or multi-tool & some duct tape)