- Forests regulate their own temperature, and therefore are nice and cool in the summer heat. The patchy areas between forests aren't, not even the shady spots.
- Bugbites and sun exposure are things your body adapts to over time.
- Surefootedness and stealth both come from leading with the toes.
- Wild animals are mostly scared of noisy humans.
- Avoid bear cubs.
- If you look closely at the ground, you will eventually notice tracks.
- Pack extra water if you're with a group. Someone else will be short.
- Machetes are handy, whether or not you brought a knife.
- Knives are handy, whether or not you brought a machete.
- Lightning does actually strike. It can also hit more than one person at once.
- Humans have better peripheral vision, hearing, and sense of smell than commonly realized. They just have an annoying habit of ignoring them.
- Trail blazes are really useful.
- Have a first aid kit; whether you're hiking alone, with a buddy, or with a group, not having one around is an invitation for disaster.
- If you don't feel spiderwebs, someone else was already through here today.
- Walking sticks are very much optional, but somehow always seem handy when you have one.
- The deadliest mushroom in North America looks really innocuous.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Lessons I have learned about hiking: