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BACKPACKING GEAR TIPS
Internal Frame Backpack Tips
for "ALL" DAY HIKES:Start with the Fourteen Backpacking Essentials. Then add:
Large enough to fit all your gear inside, and preferably with compression straps, sternum strap, & padded belt & back.
HIKING BOOTS (or Shoes)
Appropriate for the terrain you’ll be in. If appropriate, remember to treat them, before you go, with Nikwax or some other waterproofing agent.
BASE LAYERS: ( NO COTTON ! (unless you are sure it is appropriate for the environment in which you will be traveling) )
___ Lightweight thermal underwear top
___ Light Fleece Jacket--200 or 300 weight
___ Windproof, waterproof, highly-breathable Parka or Jacket--pit zips, 2-way zipper, & pack pockets for ventilation; adjustable hood & hem; and large enough to allow layering underneath.
___ Windproof, waterproof, highly-breathable Pants--full-length side zips for easy entry & ventalation.
OTHER BACKPACKING ESSENTIALS:
___ Hiking Socks & Liners (+ extra pair)
FOOD: (Take enough for the day & extra for one meal)
___ Gorp (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, m&ms)
___ Hiking Staff
___ Add DAY HIKES gear. Then add the following:
___ In lieu of the "day-hike" rucksack or daypack, you'll probably need a pack with more capacity to carry the additional over-night gear. A pack with approximately 3000 to 4000 cu in is satisfactory for long weekends and packs with 4400 + cu in are generally used for week-long treks. You'll need to experiment to find what works for you.
___ Sleeping Pad (if on snow, consider closed-cell / open-cell combination--e.g., full-length, closed-cell Cascade Design RidgeRest & 3/4 length, ultralight, open-cell Thermarest)
___ Sleeping Bag: 3-Season (light 20 degree bag should be enough most of the time)
___ Sleeping Bag: Winter (If you have only one bag (e.g. the 20 degree bag above, you can add warmth to it by using it together with a bivy sack and/or by wearing some or all of your clothes to bed.) If you can afford it, and go out in the Winter frequently, you might want to invest in a Winter bag (e.g. a zero degree bag; dryloft will keep your insulation dry; a draft collar is a must).
___ Tent (3 or 4-season) or Gore-Tex Bivy Bag (if it snows at night, you might need to knock the snow off your 3-season tent). If you go out frequently in the Winter, you might want to invest in a bomb-proof 4-season tent.
___ Lightweight Trail Stove (white gas--e.g., Whisperlite; or butane/propane--e.g., Primus Titanium)
___ Stove Fuel--white gas or butane/propane canister (if melting snow for water, take more fuel).
___ 1 medium pot w/lid & pot handle
FOOD: (Here are some suggestions for you to choose from)
Dinner Spices (keep dry in small transparent canisters)
Other Non-Cook Nourishment--Good for Snacks
___ Optional if going light & fast overnite with Bivy: Lightweight Tarp for rain/snow cover
BASE LAYERS: ( NO COTTON ! )
___ Midweight thermal underwear top
___ Midweight fleece gloves or mittens
___ Snow Shovel
___ In addition to substantial leather boots, appropriate for Winter conditions, you can also consider plastic boots and sorel insulated boots, as possible options.
BASE LAYERS: ( NO COTTON ! )
___ Midweight or Expedition-weight thermal underwear top
OTHER ESSENTIAL GEAR:
___ Midweight or Expedition-weight Insulated fleece gloves or mittens
___ Down Sweater
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