Sunday, July 24, 2011


One of the important leadership lessons I learned at Horizons was how to get and give feedback.  To date I had not enabled the feedback functions on this blog because I didn’t want to moderate it.  But after getting some really good feedback on my “14er’s Checklist” post I determined it was time to open things up a little bit.

Allan McInnes, a professor friend of mine at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, correctly pointed out that my list was missing the “10 Essentials.”  The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization, assembled the original Ten Essentials list in the 1930s 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, 2010), now in its eighth edition.  Packing these items whenever you head out for an adventure in the wilderness, even on day hikes, is a good habit. While on a routine trip you may use only a few of them, you will probably never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really need one of them.  So here are the two lists:

Updated Ten Essential "Systems"
1.        Navigation (map and compass)
2.        Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
3.        Insulation (extra clothing)
4.        Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5.        First-aid supplies
6.        Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7.        Repair kit and tools
8.        Nutrition (extra food)
9.        Hydration (extra water)
10.     Emergency shelter

Classic Ten Essentials
1.        Map
2.        Compass
3.        Sunglasses and sunscreen
4.        Extra clothing
5.        Headlamp/flashlight
6.        First-aid supplies
7.        Firestarter
8.        Matches
9.        Knife
10.     Extra food

So please if you want to comment on my blog going forward, I welcome your feedback.  Then hopefully this can become a little more of a conversation than just me sharing words and wondering if anyone is listening.

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