137. Best Day Hikes
Before the weather gets too hot, this is a great time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. REI in Round Rock always has some interesting and free classes that can help make your outdoor experience even better.
As Spring comes into full-swing, what better way to spend a warm
afternoon than a walk through the rolling savannahs of the Texas Hill
Country. In the free presentation, the REI Specialist will explore some of the best
destinations for your Spring day-hikes, as well as examine the ten
essentials of outdoor travel to prepare you for any outing.
The original Ten Essentials list was assembled in the 1930s by The
Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor
adventurers. In 2003, the group's updated "systems" approach made its debut in
its seminal text on climbing and outdoor exploration,
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
(The Mountaineers Books, 2010), now in its eighth edition.
Why create such a list? The book's editors explain: "The purpose of this
list has always been to answer 2 basic questions: First, can you
respond positively to an accident or emergency? Second, can you safely
spend a night—or more—out?"
Packing these items whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day
hikes, is a good habit to acquire. True, on a routine trip you may use
only a few of them. Yet you'll probably never fully appreciate the
value of the Ten Essentials until you
need one of them. Here's the Top Ten Essentials:
Classic Ten Essentials
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra clothing
- First-aid supplies
- Extra food
Beyond the top Ten Essentials, there are some other items to consider:
effective options are: 1) Lotion or spray repellents
containing DEET, and/or 2) Clothing that has been treated
For summoning help, it
will outlast your vocal chords.
For safety when crossing
radios, a cell phone or a satellite telephone can add a
measure of safety in many situations.
As noted eariler, some compasses come with sighting mirrors. If
yours does not, consider taking a small mirror to signal rescuers in an
Having items in your pack
has no value unless you understand how to use them. As one
search-and-rescue leader told us, "People talk about the Ten
Essentials, but the most important essential is between your
One of my favorite day hikes is at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. I love climbing up to the top of the big ROCK, taking in the view of the Hill Country, marveling at the enormity of this huge granite feature, and exploring all the trails that surround the rock.
Join REI to
start your Spring day-hikes off right. There are still 10 spots available, register here.
201 University Oaks Blvd, Suite 1100
Round Rock, TX 78664
When: Weds., May 18, 7-8 p.m. FREE
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