Packing Our Knapsacks

[Written Especially for Young People]

Through the activities of the Boy and Girl Scouts, Youth Hostels, and similar outdoor organizations, hiking and climbing are familiar to many young people. Indeed, more and more enthusiasts of all ages are enjoying the challenge of a stiff scramble up rocky slopes or along a wooded trail. The reward of reaching the goal of a lofty mountain summit and resting at last with a beautiful panorama spread at one's feet is worth all the strenuous effort.

If the trip is to cover many hours, or is overnight, the hiker must carry a knapsack with food, cooking utensils, and even extra clothing. What to take and what to discard are most important considerations. The pack must be complete for this particular journey, and yet it should be as light as possible. All who climb know that the pack grows heavier as the miles grow longer.

Three tests can be applied as to the necessity for each article considered for the knapsack. Is it needful? Is it as compact as possible? Has it proved its value in previous use? If the answer is "Yes" to these questions, into the pack it should go.

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Arise and Walk
September 28, 1940

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