Sometimes hard lessons are learned in the woods

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While thinking about some of the wisdom I’ve gained from experiences in the outdoors, I thought of the most obvious piece of wisdom first: Don’t eat yellow snow. But some of my wisdom has been even harder-earned. I’ve learned to never go into the field without a spare compass. After sitting on the only compass I had with me on a trip into territory new to me, this piece of wisdom is bought and paid for with sweat and a pair of hiking boots. Speaking of boots, it’s wise to break in new boots and clip your toenails before hiking 30 miles in those boots. To neglect either is to doom your new boots and socks (as well as your toes) to the scrap heap. Some lessons I learned for the most part at someone else’s expense. For instance, I learned from John Whipp...

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