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Day hike

I was thinking about taking my family on a day hike in the Olympic National Forrest but as I started to review my 5-C's and my BOB-Essentials I quickly lost track of the cost of my Day Hike kit.

  • cut
  • cordage
  • cover
  • container
  • combustion
Keeping strictly to the 5 without redundancy I found:
  • light my fire Mora and Steel $27
  • 550 paracord $6
  • 10x12 ft tarp $5
  • Nalgene 32oz bottle $11 and a 96oz bag $18
  • The light my fire includes a fero rod but I would probably add some Jute twine $3
So for $70 I have an almost complete survival pack without the pack. I selected a $34 nylon folding pack for shipping reasons and not ruggedness. Free shipping with Amazon prime and I'm at $104. From a survival perspective there are a few missing items:
  • ax and a saw
  • rain gear and personal blankets or a tent
  • stainless bottle or pot to create water
But now thinks get complicated because it's a day hike and we have to consider the forest conditions before starting a campfire or lighting a Solo-Stove. And so some items get moved around.
  • don't need the ax, saw, stainless pots or solo stove. I was wrong about that. If the hike turns survival then you'll need these tools.
  • need to add a water filtration system $19
  • should change our single backpack to two Sea To Summit waterproof duffel with side pockets. They are waterproof, float and we can share the load. $29x2
  • compass $12, watch, cellphone, power bank
  • firstaid kit $14x2
  • map ??
  • work gloves $13
  • proper clothing ??
  • gorilla tape $6
  • tent stakes $10
  • survival blankets $4x4
  • sporks $7, cups $19, bowls $12, utensils $11 
  • jetboil $150
  • Bandana $6x2 and schmog $2x2
  • toilet paper and wipes
  • shovel
  • food
  • flashlights and headlights
  • bearbag
There is a bunch more missing here and/or some thoughts to be made. A couple of keys to consider; since this is not a survival situation then making a campfire is not really an option. Something like a jetboil is a requirement. This also means that your meals should be limited to simple dehydrated meals so that I do not waste water and fuel cooking noodles. Even though this is a 4 hour hike [a] plan for an overnight [b] have a few extra meals.

Before you tell me I'm exaggerating... I know I am. This is part of the exercise however there is some common sense. Having never hiked or walked in the woods for an hour or two getting out can be a challenge. As one Canadian hiker put it; the way out looks completely different than the way in. And of course there's always the weather.

And then I found this from the forest service:

And so I started thinking. Just how silly is all of the over thinking? Well, firstly hat family in Orlando whose 2 year old was killed by an Alligator. I've lived in Florida for 37 years or more. When I was approximately 13 years old I swam in those waters. I was also new to Florida. At the same time I was jumping my BMX bike into the canals behind my house and in the Everglades. Years later I developed a healthy fear of the canal water way. And within the last 3 years multiple joggers have been attacked along the main canal from the ocean to the Everglades.

Given that the location for my hike is in unfamiliar territory a few precautions would be warranted. Maps, weather forecast, wildlife review, food and food prep strategies, water sources, proper clothing and spares, and some consideration for the 5-C's.

I do not feel as silly as I once did.


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