By Paul Adler and Gina Valentino
Don’t head out on the trails without a bit of know-how first. In order to get our bearings, we asked Gennaro Ferraro, a conservation educator at Rye Nature Center, for some savvy hacks.
Always have a plan and let others know where you are going and when you are expected back home.
Bring a primary blade along with a backup pocketknife. Your primary knife should have a 5” blade made of a solid piece of metal. This helps with everything from cutting limbs and fire building to processing game.
Bring multiple fire-starting devices. A Bic lighter is a safe bet, but bring other sources as well, such as a ferrocerium rod.
Pack at least two full sets of socks and undergarments, pants, and a shirt. When dressing for cold weather, always wear wool, as it stays warm when wet. For warmer months, microfiber synthetics are a great choice.
Bring food that has both nutrition and calories. There are many great J.A.W. (just add water) foods, or consider trying overnight oats while you hike.