Hiking in a group provides companionship and safety, but requires a little flexible from the hiker about how things are done. Outings run more smoothy when everyone does his part, so follow these guidelines for a fun and safe hike.
The "10 Essentials" are what's needed for an emergency, but what about day-to-day hiking? Having the right equipment will greatly increase your enjoyment on the trail. And hiking is not an expensive sport - investing in the right few items will take you a long way.