By Steven Maynard
Skiing, ice climbing, hiking — you name it — students in the expeditionary studies major take part in backcountry adventures year-round. When they do, we want them fully prepared.
|Expeditionary studies senior Keith Madia stands on a peak in Utah. Students in the program take part in wilderness adventures year-round.|
When it comes to packing, adventurers fall between two extremes: minimalists who believe “The less I carry, the faster I will travel, and the sooner I will return” and those prone to overkill, because “you can never have too much.”
To find the right mix, we ask adventurers to think about “The Four Essentials.”
It is not a definitive list. It is a way of assessing what you will need for the conditions you might encounter while ensuring nothing is missed.
Decisions about “The Four Essentials” will vary from situation to situation. However, “appropriate to the situation” should always be the operative principle.
Steven Maynard is an assistant professor of expeditionary studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. He started kayaking more than 20 years ago on remote sea lochs in Scotland. Since then he has paddled, guided and instructed in the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe and North America.
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