When you're out on the trail (or even when you're not) there isn't going to be a doctor, nurse or ambulance at the ready to help when things go wrong with you or one of your party. Make sure you carry at least a minimal first aid kit with you for just such occasions.
The real adventure is the long Friday nights after work walking in the dark into some lonely bivouac. It is the weekends stretched to their full extent (we can fit a three night trip into a two day weekend right?!). It is the nights spent under the stars with friends. The real adventure is in the journey leading up to the race. read more »