36 thoughts on “3- Basic Gear for a Day Hike”

  1. +raymond bailey Technically, yes you can, but how many times, and how many
    chemicals are you releasing? In a survival situation, do what you can, but
    I’d rather have the stainless bottle, please! Thanks for commenting!

  2. It always amazes how many outdoors guys that do not explain the reason for
    the hole in a signal mirror.
    The hole is to see through to aim the Sun’s reflection at how ever you are
    trying to signal.

  3. Very useful advice. some very good tips which I was not aware of, so thanks
    Ranger. I’m starting to visit the wilderness in Arizona again after being
    seriously injured while hiking a few years ago. I wasn’t prepared at all
    and could really have died, so all of you hikers, heed the advice. An
    emergency can occur with ever step.

  4. Thanks for the reminder to be prepared Jim. Glad to hear you are getting
    back on the horse and hiking again. Best wishes for your upcoming trip!

  5. a filter or water purification tablets is easier then fire. building a fire
    takes time and effort ergy.

  6. hey ranger mike! so you’re park ranger in nyc? this is my first time
    discovering your channel and thanks for the advice in this video! I’m
    looking forward to be in the park internships but its really hard to find
    one like your class in particular. I do live in nyc but the only thing is I
    don’t want to be any where outside of nyc and I don’t want to commute that
    long actually I’ve did done some of my research but its really hard to find
    for my internship. School is almost over and I need to find one actually
    before the summer school comes. I’m turning Senior next year and I want to
    be in the park internship really bad neither over the summer or school year
    if there’s any volunteer or any internships are available here in nyc.
    Please I would like to know somethings out there. Thanks

    Makoto Sekai,

  7. Thanks for watching Makoto. I left the Rangers back in 2015 and live in
    Hawaii now. Not sure about summer internships for HS students, but during
    the school year the Rangers have a program called the Ranger Conservation
    Corps in each borough. Check out the PARKS website for more info!

  8. +David R i came out of yosemite high country after breaking my water
    bladder . the ranger as if U was okay as i pumped water straight into my
    mouth. fire are not allowed in many places.

  9. Great video; seemed to end abruptly though? An item not mentioned – tape.
    2 different POVs – signal mirror on dull day can still be effective, use
    head torch / flashlight as light source; and as Colorado Parks video
    advises, bright blue better than orange for air signalling, as in autumn
    orange can blend into dying leaves colours so will stand out less. Gram
    weenies do scare me how they don’t carry metal water containers, signalling
    gear, etc.

  10. Ranger Mike,

    YouTube recommended this video, and It was on point… I’ve been day
    hiking, and on the way back to the truck (about 2 hrs or more)an older man
    asked, how much further is the peak ? He’s only wearing shorts T-shirt,
    carrying very little water. Dusk is within maybe 2 hrs. I asked him… bare
    minimum, do you have a headlamp? Of course he said no. I told him you
    probably won’t make it up to the peak before it gets dark… you definitely
    won’t be able to see on the way back… He kept going. I see it all the
    time… I could only imagine how often you see this every day.

  11. Thanks for watching! You’d think the “older” men would have developed more
    common sense by their age. Maybe they’ve just made it this far on sheer
    will and stubbornness. 🙂

  12. ummm you can boil water in a plastic water bottle just don’t let the flames
    go higher than the water level inside the bottle.

  13. That’s true, but stainless is always far more versatile, which is why I
    prefer to carry that if I have the choice.

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  15. Unless I’m mistaken, you want to make sure the bottle isn’t a double walled
    stainless bottle. Otherwise, the water won’t boil (or will take a lot
    longer to boil).

  16. Correct. Even worse, an insulated bottle could rupture or explode. Single
    wall bottles on the fire only.

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