Rules of the Road

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.

We're not the only people taking a nature break, so keep these things in mind while on the trail.

Be prepared! This means bringing more layers of clothing than you think you might need in cool weather, and more water than you think you might need in warm weather.

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.