Hiking Essentials

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Hiking Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz will test your knowledge of the 10 hiking essentials that everyone should carry while they are on the trails. The 10 Essentials is a list of items that have been recommended to help increase the chance of survival if stranded in the in the backcountry. Read the questions carefully and answer. So, let's try out the quiz. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When was the hiking essential list first put together?
    • A. 

      1930's

    • B. 

      1890s

    • C. 

      1926

    • D. 

      1278

    • E. 

      2008

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is not a 10 essential?
    • A. 

      Matches

    • B. 

      Extra food and water

    • C. 

      Sunglasses and sunscreen

    • D. 

      Magazines to read

    • E. 

      Knife

  • 3. 
    Which of the following 10 essentials is the most important?
    • A. 

      Extra clothes

    • B. 

      Headlamp/ flashlight

    • C. 

      Compass

    • D. 

      All of them are equally important.

    • E. 

      None of the items should be carried.

  • 4. 
    A map of the area you are in and a compass should be carried for what reason?
    • A. 

      To ensure the nearest McDonalds can be found.

    • B. 

      So you can orientate yourself by using terrain association, resection, etc. to better your chances of self-rescue.

    • C. 

      So you can shake a tree and look on the map to find yourself.

    • D. 

      To point you to dry wood and to use as fuel for a fire.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 5. 
    Different items may be supplemented as terrain dictates. What is one item you may find on the 10 essentials list for the Mojave Desert?
    • A. 

      Extra map to use in Yosemite National Park.

    • B. 

      A sandboard for sandsurfing.

    • C. 

      Extra knife

    • D. 

      A, B, and C.

    • E. 

      Extra water for hydration.

  • 6. 
    Which 4 essential items do you need when hiking:
    • A. 

      First aid kit/map/string

    • B. 

      Gaiters/map/binoculars/survival blanket

    • C. 

      Whistle/map/first aid kit/survival blanket

    • D. 

      Whistle/pole/survival blanket

  • 7. 
    What will you do in the case of a thunderstorm in the mountain?
    • A. 

      Take shelter under a tree

    • B. 

      Run to descend as quickly as possible

    • C. 

      Catch up with hikers within the group

    • D. 

       stay calm and wait until the next clear interval to continue your hike

  • 8. 
    Which American president was an avid hiker?
    • A. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • C. 

      Ronald Reagan

    • D. 

      Barack Obama

  • 9. 
    It has been claimed that hiking provides which of these psychological benefits?
    • A. 

      Hikers are happier.

    • B. 

      Hikers are more caring.

    • C. 

      Hikers have better relationships.

  • 10. 
     How many essential hiking items are there?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      5