In my opinion, it is impossible to determine the blaze before BootsOnTheGround.
But if you think you solved it from home and you never BOTG, 1 thing that will hit you is the Vast Land Mass of options you will see once at the location… and your whole type of thinking this won’t be hard will change and you start more thinking if an 80 yr. guy would be here
Here is some things I suggest you know and have with you.. Stuff sometimes they don’t tell you ahead of time especially if your a Newbie or never went BOTG..
Seriously.. Lots of Hikers had to be saved by limited man resources that I Salute.. most are volunteers… and we had one hiker who passed away… hopefully no more
- Bring Lots of Water.. the desert and high elevations will suck you dry and you won’t even know it..
- know your territory and trails.. not just a map but actually study distance between each
- bring something they can find you with if your lost a cell phone with a SIGNAL or GPS
- some food for energy you will burn lots of calories and required to climb your butt back up the trail
- Prepare your body if your out of shape the high altitudes will take a toll on your Heart
- Protect yourself with clothes from rain, cold, heat also bring suntan lotion, sunglasses, poncho etc..
- Bring a First Aid Kit …Maybe tell a friend if you don’t call back at a certain time to call the authorities for help.. make sure to give yourself a fair time just incase your tardy
- Water – Have it on you .. not in your car on top of the cliff… YOU are in the canyon
- Flashlight extra batteries for the long night ahead
- if you go into a cave or tunnel where something over your nose and mouth due to an airborn disease that is known to get hikers sick and some died
- lighter, flint, etc.. firewood for the night to make a fire if needed
- Catch up on what ifs… like you break a leg or run out of Water…
- Bring a friend I recommend don’t do it by yourself these areas are non forgiving
- Don’t Overpack !!! if your backpack is too heavy… you will burn up valuable energy
- Make sure you pay any fee in wildlife areas, normally they give you a tag or similar to put in your cars window, this will also tell the rangers how long you been there and may come look for you if its been too long, so keep your car visible!!!
- water – Buy water purification systems along with you …so you can drink from the rivers and streams these systems will filter out bacteria…Ex: LifeStraw
- Look up dangerous animals and plants in the area… Bears, Rattlesnakes, poison ivy and bring a gun or spray to protect you from them
- BE ABLE TO ADMIT THIS IS NOT THE LOCATION OR THAT WAS NOT THE BLAZE AND HEAD BACK TO CAMP OR SAFETY BEFORE IT GETS TOO LATE OR DARK
- Don’t get exhausted searching , relax enjoy the outdoors breathe in deeply
- Did I mention.. Bring Lots of Water without it … you will panic do drastic things and if you do have some ..Find a Safe shelter area away from lightning, rain or animals and wait till daylight to head back home…
- BE SAFE … MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL…