The Ten Essentials
Your must-haves for staying alive in the wild
It’s not unusual to hear true outdoorsmen rattle off their Ten Essentials. (“So the grizzly comes around the corner and all I’ve got on me is a multi-tool and roll of duct tape…”) The term’s been used by burly men since the 1930s, and first outlined in the 1974 edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.
The objective of the list, put forth by the Mountaineers, is twofold: First, can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? And second, can you safely spend a night — or more — alone in the wild?
As the list has evolved over the years from individual items to complete “systems,” we compiled a list of survival gear that should provide everything you need for a few days out in the wild: gear you won’t fully appreciate until your life depends on it. Stock up on these items (or something like them) and you’ll always be prepared.
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