The ten essentials are all about being prepared. While you may not need all of these items on every trip, they can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.
One of the most important sources of info about hiking and backpacking destinations are the rangers who manage the public lands we recreate in.
The I Heart Pacific Northwest website focuses on low impact practices and encourages backpackers to be mindful stewards of the wilderness. It is my belief that we are all responsible for taking care of the places that we adventure in.