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33 Top Tips From Trail Pros

Here's how Aron Ralston, Ed Viesturs, Les Stroud, and others get out and back again–and how you can, too.

"If you have pots without a nonstick finish, try notching the inside walls at intervals such as 1-cup, 2-cup, 3-cup, and so on–or paint a line on the outside of your pot. This will help you measure the correct amount of water for rice or other meals that can be ruined by approximation."
Backpacking: Essential Skills to Advanced Techniques, Victoria Steele Logue

"In freezing temperatures, sleep with your water filter (sealed in a plastic bag) to prevent moisture from icing inside. Though freezing does not hurt your filter, ice crystals will slow down its operation considerably."
The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual, Annie Getchell

"It’s certainly worth knowing that in most modern tents the fly provides much of the strength. In hoops and domes, the fly can account for 85 to 90 percent. So in high winds, whether or not you need a fly for protection, rig it. Firmly." –The Complete Walker

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