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Map and Compass !
Topographic maps are very useful for accurately showing lakes, slope angle and other natural and man-made features. They are excellent for trip planning and coupled with a compass, plus having the proper training can make navigating a safe and fun experience.
Completing a trip plan is extremely important. It explains your destination, travel route, equipment and expected return time. It is vital information to assist authorities searching for you in the event of an emergency.