Dan's Outside

I go, I see, I do, I walk, I think, I like…


These are my personal opinions based on more than 3 1/2 decades of backcountry travel. However, I am not any sort of “official expert” so you should consult the many available books written by experts before you set out, and/or find someone with experience to introduce you to backpacking techniques and skills. Although it is my personal belief that the risks of backcountry travel are small and acceptable for me, there are risks, including but not limited to the weather, sickness and injury, animals, and many other things that you may or may not want to think about. Consequences can be serious, costly, painful, and/or fatal. Be aware that your ability to use equipment safely and effectively depends on experience and understanding of the equipment and the country you travel through, and that this is not something that you can pick up by reading a few web pages – especially mine!

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