I got tagged by a fellow blogger the other day (Sarah at Lost Swiss Miss) as part of a blogstöckchen. I called my German-speaking friend and asked her what the English translation of blogstöckchen was. She said that stöcken means “stumped or tripped up” and that stöckchen could mean “little hiccup or foible”.
While I might be getting to translation wrong, it’s basically a little game between bloggers where a specific topic or question is posed and then the blogger passes the topic on to three other bloggers to carry out the exercise. Like a chain letter, but without curses, money, or quilt scraps. I think it’s meant to stay in the contextual blogosphere so that bloggers with similar interests can learn about other like-minded blogs.
I don’t know the origin of this international blogstöckchen, but I’m taking it on a ladies’ Pacific Northwest roadtrip with Ingunn (Trail Snail), Mary (Inside the Mountain’s Skin), and Amanda (My Roads Traveled) – all women-written blogs with great storytelling, fantastic photography, and inspiring adventures.
This blogstöckchen asks: “What three things do you always bring on a hike?”
1. Petroleum jelly.
Maybe it’s just me, but I find that a small tin of petroleum jelly gives me the confidence to plunge fearlessly into the deep woods, paddle wild oceans and scale lofty mountains. I can tackle almost any adventure without the fear of chapped lips, cracked fingers and toes, dry hands, wind burn, and chaffing.
I don’t need much, so I hijacked a Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream tin and refill it periodically.
2. A very small headlamp.
You never know when you’re going to need an adventure extender. This headlamp is small, inexpensive, and very, very light. It throws a powerful beam for its smallness and is perfect for making that unexpected dark walk back to the trailhead (or exploring that lava tube) a little safer and a little more comfortable.
3. Esbit tabs (2).
I live in a very damp climate where hypothermia is always tugging at you. It’s nice to know that I have a fighting change of getting a fire going, if necessary. Esbit tabs last forever (almost literally) and burn in almost any condition. I’ve only had to use one in “emergency”: to make a pot of coffee on the last day of a backpacking trip after the fuel ran out.
What three things do you always take with you on a hike?