Practice Golden rules quiz
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.