From that day to this, my preparation for any venture, has always centred on survival. I do not carry half of what is suggested, but then, I carefully calculate any risk I take, considering my equipment and ability to cope.
A typical ocassion was when, in 2007, heading north from Kalispell MT to Glacier NP, I called in at the ranger station in Hungry Horse. (Yes, there is such a town!) Wanting to see somethings off the beaten track, he suggested I go to Belmont Point, from where you could see into the glacial lakes at the southern end of this NP.
He had asked what I was driving - a 1994 Camry sedan - and of my driving ability - trained professional driver - then went on to say that it is an 11 mile trip up the mountain which takes 45 mins - one way! After deescribing the road, etc. to me, I headed for the destination.
Not long into this memorable journey, a tree had recently fallen across the road and been cut so that vehicles could pass through. My immediate thought was..... what if a tree should fall between now, and when I return?
Then the mental checklist sprung up:
*Water - 2 doz. bottles
*Food - lots (always seem to carry excess)
*Fuel for the small cooking stove - three cannisters
*Sleeping bag and pillow
*Fuel tank - full (I would not get cold)
so I knew, that even if I should be marooned on that mountain, I would survive for a week or more, if need be. (I would not like it.) Since there are several communication towers on top, someone was bound to come by sooner or later, the road looked well used.
And so, I continued without worry or fear. Took every bit of the 45 mins.
And it is a magnificent view from up top, though it was a good 5 mins before I could get out of the car after that hair-raising drive.
Lifey who still likes a challenge