Equipment Essentials I


Use the layering technique to help prevent you from getting wet and cold. Clothing such as polypropylene, and wool better retain their insulating properties when wet. Gor-tex helps repel water, yet has some breathability. Avoid wearing cotton fabrics.

  • Long underwear – thin under layer
  • Wool sweater or pile jacket – thermal layer
  • Jacket – outer shell, wind protection & rain resistant
  • Rain gear – poncho or rain suite
  • Wind pants
  • Shorts
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Hat and gloves/mittens
  • Boots – with ankle support, good grip, sturdy leather or gor-tex


Even where fires are permitted bring a stove, wood may be too wet, it also helps reduce impact on the environment.

  • Tent – with waterproof fly
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Foam or air mattress
  • Stove, fuel, and cooking utensils
  • Food – bring enough for an extra day, freeze dried is preferable because of its weight, and usually less odiferous.

Other Essentials

  • Topographic maps
  • First aid kit – extra moleskin!
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Waterproof matches
  • Candle
  • Rope
  • Garbage Bag
  • Pencil & paper
  • Sunscreen

Possible Extras

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Journal
  • Toiletries

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