This video describes how to maximize your planning around field collecting trips. The deck was first presented to the Tualatin Valley Rock & Gem Club, and is based on several years of writing a magazine column for Gold Prospector Magazine, as well as countless trips to research field guides for Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The information extends to any collecting trip that involves camping. Included are examples of helpful websites, information sources, and pre-trip tips for weather, fire, and water conditions. But even with all that planning, stuff happens out there, and you’ll hear several examples of how it went bad, or at least made things interesting.