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Millions of Americans enjoy hiking every year and it’s one of their favorite pastimes. Going camping across the country is a memorable experience and it brings people closer to nature. However, some of these trips won’t have a happy ending and people get injured or end up even worse.
Even in this modern age, there are still a few common hiking mistakes that most people are unaware of. To avoid being part of the many, one should learn how to properly plan each camping trip. Your outdoor experience should be a pleasant one and you don’t have to be a survivalist to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Even a simple journey to explore the area around the campsite can put people in difficulty. Hours go by and they fail to go back to camp. They try to follow familiar landmarks, but everything here looks familiar. People end up getting lost and they panic when the situation becomes critical.
To make sure you are able to make it back home, avoid making these hiking mistakes:
Grabbing everything in sight
People are careless when traveling through the wilderness and they aren’t paying attention where they put their hands. Some, if not all of them, instinctively grab hold of branches to steady their balance when traveling through rough terrain. This may not seem like a problem at first, but all this grabbing without looking can cause some serious problems. Some branches may appear solid and firm, but can be dead and brittle and you could stumble when they brake. They can also house snakes and other biting insects.
Read about the other hiking mistakes most people make here:
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.