Packing the “Ten Essentials” whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day hikes or rides, is a good habit. On a basic trip you may use only a few of them or none at all. It’s when something goes awry that you’ll truly appreciate the value of carrying these items that could be essential to your survival.
"It's better to be looking at something than looking for something"
The original Ten Essentials list was assembled in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers, to help people be prepared for emergency situations in the outdoors.
Here is my Ten Essentials for a Shop Ride. By definition, a Shop Ride at 718 is a ride that happens during the day, and requires no overnight shelter. Being in the NYC Metro Area means we are never really that far away from civilization, however we don’t let this implied convenience lull us into a sense of not needing to be prepared.
I just made this up…here is a little sentence to remember the Ten Essentials
Now Son, It Is Fine For Todd Not Having Shoes
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