Getting the trip ready, what we needed when we got there, and what items were we grateful to have and bring?
This goes without saying, #1 rule when planning any adventure is to be prepared for the worst case. This is tough because what do you prepare for? This post is specifically addressing items that we learned spending 7 days in the mountains hopefully to help others, but more specifically to help the newcomers to the adventure circle.
Before I dive into each segment of planning, I want to keep this open by saying that I myself not only have a planning routine, but almost always over-plan to be sure. The challenge we all face is that it is impossible to plan for everything, but to be able to remain stable is the key. In the associated posts I will post tricks that I learned, cool products that have taken years to discover, and even ask for questions/input. For my own edification here is a high level summary of what is to come.
We were adventuring in areas that we have been in prior, however in an area that can have drastic swings in weather. There is always limitations on budget, space, cargo, etc. which almost always plays into what can be deemed as acceptable or overkill. A good rule of thumb is to do the following.
Again, I do not believe that any one way of doing things is better than the other. In my lifetime of adventures (camping to caving) there are real threats to safety and great opportunities to experience. At the end of the day, the experience is why we go on adventures and so my main goal is to keep the desired experience as positive as possible.
I am not just an adventurer, but I am a project enthusiast. I look for projects and overall love the hunt for an adventure. My nickname is Bubba who loves fly fishing, photography, building things, and is open to finding an adventure anywhere.