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#198255 - 05/02/17 01:01 AM 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies
Hiking2016 Offline
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Registered: 05/02/17
Posts: 5
Loc: California
I have 100$ amazon card (for Backpacking supplies), help me figure out what to buy on Amazon, to maximize the value.

So far I have:

a Tent, Bear Cannister, Flash light, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad.

What should I buy...I am looking to go on a 6 day backpacking trip through the High Sierra in late summer.

Any real thoughts and suggestions and Amazon links would be very appreciated!

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#198258 - 05/02/17 09:40 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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#198260 - 05/02/17 10:57 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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Are you going solo or with others? Do you plan on cooking or going no-cook?

Based on your short description sounds like you may need kitchen supplies. Stove, pot, spoon, food... Possibly some light weight rain gear (you could check out Dri Ducks)

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#198262 - 05/02/17 12:47 PM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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I'm not sure you can find one on Amazon, but I suggest you take a reliable, experienced backpacking partner.

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#198270 - 05/03/17 12:52 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: BZH]
Hiking2016 Offline
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Registered: 05/02/17
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I'm going solo. I was given a 100$ card on Amazon so I want to use it for Hiking gear.

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#198271 - 05/03/17 01:35 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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If you're asking this question and you're going solo for 6 days in the woods your first step is to watch Rambo: First Blood. Then if you're trying to stay ~$100--really all you are going to need in addition to what you already listed is a tarp, MREs, a flare, 15" machete, WetFire Tinder, water purifier, rope, compass, bear mace, and extra socks.

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#198276 - 05/03/17 11:37 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: DiveShallow]
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Hiking2016, diveshallow's post is obviously satirical, but that's not always obvious online, especially to a beginner. I'm really not trying to insult your intelligence, but for your sake and other readers, please, do not follow this terrible advice.

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#198280 - 05/03/17 01:38 PM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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You didn't state how much experience you have, but if it's not a lot, I would recommend a few overnighters before going on a longer trip. Even the back yard (best place to learn to manage your gear and cope with weather, since you can retreat indoors if things go bad) is a good option. Or car camping at a nearby state park.

The home page of this site has a number of articles on gear selection that you may find useful.

There is also an excellent gear list there, designed for the Cascade Range, but should be quite adequate for the Sierra trip you're contemplating: 27 lb., 7-day backpacking list
While some of the brands and models are no longer available, it will give you a good idea of the items you still need--and items that you won't need!


Edited by OregonMouse (05/04/17 09:40 AM)
Edit Reason: Correct link!
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#198281 - 05/03/17 05:49 PM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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Based on what's NOT on your list: hiking shoes and socks? Water filter (Sawyer Mini or MSR Trailshot)? Stove and pot (MSR has a two-person set with pot, stove, eating gear, and utensils; you can also buy each item separately.) How are you set on clothing? A polyester fleece jacket or synthetic long johns (Outdoor Research Sequence, or even Under Armor)? Topo maps and a compass?

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#198290 - 05/04/17 12:46 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Glenn Roberts]
Hiking2016 Offline
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Registered: 05/02/17
Posts: 5
Loc: California
Thanks this is great info.

I have a lightweight colombia jacket, but not for super cold weather.

I have a cooking gas pot and compass.

I do not have eating gear/utensils, or long johns, I don't have polyster fleece sweatshirt or jacket. I'm in need of warm clothing that is proper for hiking.

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#198291 - 05/04/17 12:49 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: OregonMouse]
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Registered: 05/02/17
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Loc: California
I have been on a couple big day hikes, and a couple overnight. I camped overnight at Mt. San Jacinto. I've Hiked Mt. Baldy, Baden-Powell, Mt. Timber, Mt. Wilson.

I did get lost once or twice while on the trail, losing the trail in the snow...but ended up ok.

I asked this 71 year old lady who hiked Mt. Whitney if I should hike a 2 or 3 nighter first, and she said, no do a 6 nighter. This lady went to Mt. Whitney the other year. So that is what really inspired me to do a 6 nighter.

Fitness wise, I'm good...I'm really in shape. I'm just worried about getting lost honestly.

I was thinking I'd get a good electronic GPS in addition to having my smart phone and get some APP for directions, and carry a map as well.


Edited by Hiking2016 (05/04/17 12:50 AM)

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#198294 - 05/04/17 08:10 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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Don't forget to allow some time to acclimate to altitude before you hit the trail. At least a night car campimg, someplace at a high trailhead helps- like Horseshoe Meadows, North Lake above Bishop, or Mosquito Flats above Tom's Place for examples. This year is going to be bad for skeeters in all likelihood, so a head net and light long sleeve shirt (not cotton) would be helpful. A fleece or puffy (down jacket) would be good, as it will be cool in the evenings. This can also extend the range of your bag, too. A merino wool watch cap or warm hat of some kind would help, too. Rain gear? Don't go cheap, Sierra thunderstorms often have high winds with them and cheap stuff will tear apart. Make sure your tent is built to withstand some wind, also. Look at some gear lists and ask specific questions if you are in doubt. You may or may not like trekking poles, but they are helpful in lots of ways and this year with run-off going to be way into August, some creek crossings may be very tricky. Poles help tremendously for crossings. Of course,just don't if it looks bad! In 2011, the last high water year,log bridges got taken out, and weren't replaced immediately. Sounds like a good adventure!
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#198295 - 05/04/17 10:58 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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#198296 - 05/04/17 11:03 AM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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I was thinking I'd get a good electronic GPS in addition to having my smart phone and get some APP for directions, and carry a map as well.

Your smart phone might have a built-in GPS chip, this is something you can look up online with a little sleuthing. There are some decent apps that make a smartphone work essentially like a GPS, with some caveats.

First, battery power; with a standalone GPS, you can carry extra (typically AA) batteries; Lithiums are very light and work best in cold weather as well.

Second, with any GPS, I think that any person really needs to do a fair bit of practice, at/near home and/or on trips to places already pretty well known. This is not something you can count on just figuring out on the fly when you need it. There are a lot of options, the user interface is often not very intuitive, it takes time to get comfortable and good at the subset of features you'll tend to use.

Whatever sort of GPS you opt for, I strongly suggest that you use the GPS to build up your "don't need the GPS" map skills. I.e., on wilderness trips keep pulling out your map and try to associate where you are (just be looking around plus sort of keeping track) with where you think you are on the map. Then after doing that, pull out your GPS and see where you actually are. Wash, rinse, repeat. I think that's a really effective way to get map reading experience in a practical way.

I don't mean to sound patronizing or preachy here, it just seems that it's a natural human tendency to load up on "the right gear" and assume that just sort of having it with you is sufficient preparation!
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#198298 - 05/04/17 09:25 PM Re: 100$ Amazon card to spend on backpacking supplies [Re: Hiking2016]
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Can you arrange your six-day trip so you loop back past (or close) to your car around the third day? That effectively breaks your trip into two 3-day chunks, giving you the best of both worlds. It would be a good idea to have a safety valve until you get a little more experience under your belt (as mentioned above.)

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