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Pre-trip planning

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Thorough pre-trip planning is an essential and often overlooked component to any outing. The bottom line is that safe backcounty travel starts with choosing trips that are appropriate for the conditions. This means that you first need to get a handle on the conditions, then determine what level of risk is appropriate to you and your companions, and finally research your trip options and choose one that everyone is comfortable with.

Of course, there are several other things to consider when planning a trip, such as gear, human factors, and emergency response. So without further delay, select the topics that interest you from the menu to the left, or follow the suggested path by clicking the link just below….

Establish your personal goals for the trip