Reposted from Southwest EXP | By Billie Hillier | October 2019

Below are the 10 Essential items you will find in the “basic” list created by The Mountaineers in Seattle, Washington. Since being published in 1974, several groups have created their own versions.

From their website, these are two very good questions to ask yourself before you head out for your next hike.

The origin of the Ten Essentials dates back to our climbing courses in the 1930s, and the purpose has always been to answer two basic questions:

  1. Can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? 
  2. Can you safely spend a night (or more) outside?