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How to Lead Guys, Outdoors and in the Garage

I was asked the other day about the first time I led guys into the woods for something important. Did it go okay? is what another young guy wanted to know. Also, what did I do and how did I prepare? It was a good question but also a funny one, because when I started leading trips, I got folks in a bad spot not just the first time, but the first three times.

In high school, a buddy and I thought we should take this other dude backpacking, show him the woods, talk about wildness. It was January, but that didn’t matter to us. We’d backpacked in the summer and knew plenty of... read more