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5. Weather: In Rocky Mountains you can see clouds forming just before afternoon storms. Being able to read sky can keep you out of trouble. Lightning kills hikers in Colorado regularly.
6. Staying dry: Hypothermia is biggest wilderness killer, and getting wet is biggest cause. Watch for ledges or large fir trees to stand under if you see rain coming.
7. Shelter: A pile of dry leaves and dead grass can keep you very warm in an emergency.
8. Hydration: Fill water bottles every chance you get, and you won't have such a hard time with any long dry stretches of trail.
9. Injury: Pop a "blister" on trunk of a small spruce or fir tree, and you can use sap that oozes out as an good antiseptic dressing for small cuts.
10. Fire starter: White birch bark will usually light even when wet.
These are just a few of wilderness survival tips and techniques you can easily learn. Why not practice one or two on your next backpacking trip?
Steve Gillman is a long-time backpacker, and advocate of lightweight backpacking. His advice and stories can be found at http://www.TheUltralightBackpackingSite.com