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Know how to use a map and compass, if your seriouse about hiking you might wanna get a hand held gps too. I like trying to find my way with map and compass and have someone else check to see if were going right on the gps. Farthest ive bushwacked was about 1 1/2 miles. Sucks in the adirondacks because its so thick and wet but out there i dont think it should be to bad. maybe a little steeper in places and probably more remote.
Oh and remember your gunna walk to the right if you start getting lost. Dont sit next to a stream if you are lost because you wont be able to hear rangers and they wont be able to hear you, and best bet is go up hill to get a vantage point of what your looking at and set your berings from there. Let people know when you leave where your "path" is going to be and how long you plan on being out there. (my girlfriends dad is a forest ranger and my dad is a cartographer so i always hear the whole thing every time i go hiking)