Cant wait 'till my exams are over then I can start getting really excited about the trip too! Now is this a daft idea? but I like the idea of trecking out, maybe for a day, making a debris shelter and sleeping in it and hunting for my Mule Deer (if I get the tag) on the way back in. Do any other 'Mule deer hopefulls' fancy a bit of primitive style hunting/camping? Oh, and im really keen to brain tan the hide (if I shoot one) and im quite happy to show anyone else how its done if they fancy making buckskin! To add to the ailments list; I have no medical conditions that need be worried about. (phycosis, Schizophrenia and turning into a wolfman on a full moon aside) I was thinking of putting 'markers' maybe of orange ribbon around trees at intervals to help navgation, I also think it is worth knowing the direction of your base camp and learning how to read natural signs such as the position of the sun and shadows and other natural signs to locate north or if you wear an analogue watch knowing how to read north from it (if you can see the sun) If you know what direction you had headed out in it is possible to use your watch to find your way back.