10 Things All Hikers Should Own

Whether you’re embarking on an epic journey across Middle Earth or just killing a few hours on a Saturday, you need to be prepared.

By Casey Schreiner

There are so many things that can go wrong on a hike — getting lost for hours in the rain after taking a wrong turn, twisting an ankle on a protruding tree root, stumbling across sexually deviant hillbillies. And that’s why, if you’re doing anything much more intense than hiking in a city park, it’s essential to pack the right essentials. From gear that will keep you comfortable to tech that will keep you in touch with the rest of the world, these 11 items should be on your body or inside of your backpack when you hike this summer.

Buck 750 Redpoint Safe Spin Knife ($22)
Carrying Rambo’s knife into the woods probably isn’t necessary, but packing a decent blade is since you never know when you’ll need to fend off a rabid possum or whittle yourself a Pan flute. The Redpoint boasts a stainless-steel serrated blade and weighs less than four ounces. SafeSpin deployment means you only need one hand for opening and closing, and that you slice off your digits as you do so.

TAGS: camping, hiking, outdoors


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Kathy Jo Noack (Thu, 04 Aug 2011 02:23:00 +0000): A lot of blatant commercialism here, at the expense of serious info about the things you really need. Knife, water, food, GPS, firestarter, first aid kit, flashlight, yes, but it doesn't have to be any of the specifics models and brands that are being shilled here. How much did the author get paid to push these manufacturers' products? Sandals and zip-off pants are not necessities. A sturdy whistle and a space blanket are. Take your cell phone, too. Many wilderness areas don't have service, but there are plenty that do and it can get you rescued way before searchers can.
Doug Page (Sun, 21 Aug 2011 21:37:37 +0000): Mostly fluff, however the petzl headlamp is a good thing- but....no compass? Come on guys, isn't there a gadgety compass somewhere worthy of a plug?
Mark Yolas (Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:24:02 +0000): Good stuff.


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