Pathfinder Pathways

Hiking Honor

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Hiking Honor Requirements

A definition for the word "Hike" is:
A Walk with a Purpose.

Several of the classes have requirements that have hiking requirements. These also meet requirements for the hiking honor. So keep track of the hikes your Pathfinders take over several years. They may earn the hiking honor without even realizing it.

Dayhiker's Checklist

Before you hit the trail, take the time to make sure you've included  the items  on the following list to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.  The following lists are designed to help eqip hikers just starting out.  You will probably develop your own checklist as you gain experience.

Gear

  • Map and/or guidebook
  • Compass
  • Full canteen(s), water bottle(s) or hydration pack
  • Pocket knife
  • Flashlight or headlamp with new batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Insect repellent
  • First aAid kit
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, hat with visor)
  • Toilet tissue (in a plastic bag)
  • Notebook with pencil
  • Whistle
  • Day pack
  • Money
  • A handful of zip seal plastic bags
  • Cameral (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)

Clothing

  • Supportive footwear designed for the length and terrain of your hike
  • Extra socks
  • Pile jacket or pullover
  • Rain/wind shells (jacket and pants)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Baseball style hat (to protect from sun)

Day Hiking Tips

  • Carry your clothing and food in different colored stuff sacks to keep your pack organized so you can eaily find what you need.
  • Always carry plenty of water.  Three quarts per person per day is a goo rule of thumb.  Warmer conditions and/or rugged terrain may necessitate carrying more.  Take drinks oftne to stay well hydrated.  Filter or treat water from natural sources.
  • Fill your canteens before you leave home.  It is better to be prepared than to rely on backcountry water sources.
  • Carry more food than you think you will need.  It is better to bring extra home snacks home with you than to go hungry.
  • Practice minimum impact hiking. Carry out whatever you pack in so others can enjoy the surroundings.  If you can, help pick up what previous visitors may have left behind.
  • When you choose a hike, consider the ability levels of of all members of your party.
  • Hike only as fast as the slowest member of your group.
  • Aquint yourself with the area and specific trail(s) you plan to hike can set a resonable timetable for your hike.  Many guidebooks include estimated times of trips.
  • Start off slowly to avoid excess fatigue part way through your hike.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good running order and your gas tank is full.
  • Check weather conditions before you leave.
  • Leave your itinerary with someone you trust and check in upon your return.
  • Winter conditions require additional gear.