Practice Golden rules quiz

 

1) It's hard for a person to like backpacking if they don't have the right equipment.
 
 

2) You've got to be prepared for unpredictable weather, for trails that aren't always where the map says they are, and trouble finding water.
 
 

3) Most topographical maps were probably accurate at one time.  At least you'd hope they were.  Back in the 1960s, maybe.  That's when most current topos were made.
 
 

4) Mike and Bill felt safe camping on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, they'd been there often before.  Right where the AT crosses Mt. Rogers.
 
 

5) You'd think that would make a difference, a person going camping somewhere they knew pretty well.
 
 

6) Mike planned for them to stay in a shelter, much to his surprise, the shelter was already full.  A huge group of Cub Scouts with an inconsiderate leader.  That happens a lot.
 
 

7) Bill had been glad not to carry a tent, but now he wished they had one.
 
 

8) It's no fun sleeping out in the open in the rain without a tent, when its cold enough to freeze the water in your water bag half an hour after you filled it up, when you've just gotten back to sleep from the disturbance of wild horses stirring up your trusty dog, Blackster, only to be woken up again by heavy winds whipping the driving snow into the tiny opening you had to leave in your sleeping bag so you wouldn't smother while staying as warm as possible.
 
 
 
 

9) This wasn't Bill and Mike's favorite camping trip.  They'd had to deal with obstacles before.  Not like this, though.
 
 

10) They had water, they knew where they were.  They had expected it to snow.  You just can't count on there being room in a shelter.  You should always carry a tent, even if someone you trust swears they know what they're doing.