i'm going to north manitou island in a few days and it's the first trip i've planned myself (more or less), so I was wondering if anyone could help me out by reviewing my list of materials and seeing if there's anything obviously missing...
backpack with rain cover
sleeping bag/sleeping pad
food for as many days plus one extra
rope to hang packs
clothes (1 pair zip off pants, 1 long, 1 short sleeve shirt; rain suit; wool sweater
roll of t.p. and "bowel trowel"
stuff bags/garbage bags to organize/carry waste
------ this is just a general list, there are other smaller items i plan to bring but didn't mention here. just wanted to make sure i've got the bigger items...thanks
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
You could compare yours with the gear lists on the home page of this forum (in the left-hand column--there's a 7-day list and a 3-day list). That will give you an idea of whether you've left out something important. I hope you're weighing this stuff! I have everything listed on a spreadsheet, with weights. While this was a big help in getting my pack weight down, its main purpose now is as a checklist which I print out before every trip.
Is the "rainfly" part of your tent or a separate tarp? If it's part of your tent, just include it with the tent. If it's a separate tarp, do you really need it?
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Yosefi Welcome Generally we like for people to fill in some of their profile if they are gonna ask questions. I had to look up Manitou islad (Lake Michigan). We know nothing about you. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> Do you live in Wisconsin? ARe you prepared for the weather out there? You didn't list any leg insulation, will it be that warm that you don't need a jacket at night? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
This is a very generic list for someone leaving "in a few days". It is very hard to critique, but somehow a list with "mess kit" in it just doesn't sound like you have assembled this stuff yet nor do you have specific plans about what to get. I think you need a lot more help than you think. Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.
It's hard when you're being generic - bathing clothes/towel could weigh 5 lbs or less than 1, depending on what they're made of. Mess kit could be a pot and cup, or a complete kit of nonstick cookware with spatula, BBQ fork, and two burner kerosene stove.
Also hard for those of us unfamiliar with the area - what are the temps where you're going at this time of year? Are you taking enough clothes, or too many?
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