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The weather can be our enemy, or, with a little education and planning, we can live in harmony with our environment.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with the weather patterns in the area you’re planning to explore.  Don’t take foolish and unnecessary risks by failing to take simple precautions.  Know the risks, plan ahead, and thrive in the wild! 

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There are a number of people today, some who write for reputable publications, who tend to be a bit reckless in dispensing advice on using painkillers.  "When backpacking,” the advice goes, “if your joints start to hurt, simply pop a couple of over-the-counter pain relievers, and press on.”

When you ingest a painkiller, you are shutting down your body’s signals.  By shutting down these signals and continuing the activity, you make it much more difficult to assess the extent of your injury, and you are almost guaranteed to make the injury worse.


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Whether you’re planning a hunting trip, a military mission, or a backpacking adventure, you need to sweat the small stuff, because the success of any mission rides on the details.   Catastrophes generally occur because a group of people get apathetic about The Details.   If you want to produce quality results, you must pay meticulous attention to the details.

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An expedition is more than just a trip from one place to another.  It’s an odyssey into the wild.  There’s no infrastructure to support your endeavor.  It’s just you and what you bring with you.  You pack in your own equipment.  You move into a hostile environment, and you sustain yourself until the mission is accomplished.  You fight your way in, and you fight your way out.

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Complacency is an insidious killer.   In the wilderness, complacency could easily lead to serious injury or death.  In military operations, complacency leads to blue force losses and mission failure.   True warriors know that you’re only as good as your last battle.  Yesterday’s victories will not carry you through today.  There’s always another battle to fight, another mountain to climb, another challenge to face.

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