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post #31 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2009, 05:15 PM
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After my experience today...I will also be adding a spare pair of GLASSES to my "Essentials" pack. Nothing worse than being blind in the woods!
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post #32 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2009, 06:19 PM
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Time to threadjack this to a gear list, since I'm interested in seeing what everyone else carries.

No particular order:


Gear
1) Hiking boots (Scarpa SL M3's)
(Always hike with)
2) Altimiter/barometer watch
(Always wear)
3) Trekking poles
(Always use)
4) Sunglasses
(Always wear)
5) Headlamp (main one and small lightweight emergency one)
(Always carry)
6) GPS
(Always carry)
7) Spare batteries
(Number depends on devices and length of hike)
8) Pack
(Gregory ISO or Z35R, depending on length and amount of gear to carry)
9) IPod
(Carry if hike involves alpine and steep monotonous switchbacks)
10) Ice axe
(Only carry if shoulder season or if chance of lengthy snow patch/glacier)
11) Blackberry
(Always carry)
12) Driver's licence, Mastercard, $20bill
(Always carry - have to drive to the trailhead, get gas, and grab dinner on the way back!)
13) Keys
(Of course)
14) YakTrax
(Carry if shoulder season or if chance of snow/glacier)
15) Camera
(Always)
16) Spare memory card
(Always - just leave it in spare slot in the GPS)



Clothing
1) Shorts and wicking Tshirt
(Always wear)
2) Other layers (MEC thermal hoodie, fleece vest, other misc fleece, etc.)
(Carry depending on the weather and time of year)
3) Gaitors
(Carry/wear depending on snow depth and time of year)
4) Baseball hat
(Always wear unless cold)
5) Fleece touque and windstopper face mask
(Carry if chance of cold weather)
6) Other
(Depending on season/coldness



Food/Drink
1) 3L hydration bladder - water
(Always carry)
2) 1L/2L Source Liquitainer bottle - Gaitorade
(Carry either or both depending on length of hike and how dry it will be)
3) Water purifier (mixed oxidants variety)
(Carry only if very long hike)
4) Power Gel - strawberry bananna, with caffeine
(Up to 15/hike, depending on hike length)
5) Granola bars
(Amount depending on hike length)
6) Other misc food
(Amount depending on hike length and how peckish I felt the night before)


Protection
1) Bear spray
(Always carry)
2) Bear bangers (pen launched)
(Always carry)
3) Swiss army knife
(Always carry)
4) Sunscreen
(Always carry)
5) Bug stuff
(Always carry if chance of bugs)



Navagation
1) GPS (as above)
2) Map of area
(Always carry)
3) Compass
(Always carry)
4) Photographs of guidebook route description
(Lighter than carrying the actual guidebook


Emergency/Medical
1) First aid kit
(Always carry)
2) "Space" blanket
(Always carry)
3) "SOS" Survival kit (pouch alongside swiss army knife - somewhat customized)
(Always carry)
4) Eye drops (small bottle)
(Only if wearing contacts)
5) Pills (ibuprofen, gravol, pepto, decongestant, etc.)
(Always carry)
6) TP
(Can't trust the outhouses to have any!)
7) Moleskin
(Always carry)
8) Spare shoelace
(Always carry)


Signalling
1) Flares (pen launched)
(Always carry)
2) Headlamps (as above)
3) Small LED beacon
(Always carry)
4) Things to make fire with (waterproof matches, lighter, flint/steel thing)
(Always carry)
5) Signal mirror (Part of survival kit thing)
(Always carry)
6) Flagging tape
(Always carry if I am going off of formal/marked trails)



Looking forward to seeing other lists.

-Ryan

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Always carry
- Pack
- toilet paper
- water

add depending on the activity and trip.
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post #34 of (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 01:21 AM
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My day trip gear packing starts from the premise that I (or somebody in my party) may get injured and/or may have to spend an unplanned night or two in the wilderness without assistance. Most of my day trips, whether from a car or from a base camp, are into an alpine environment so an absence of natural shelter is another assumption built into the plan.

First there is gear to help avoid getting lost or benighted in the 1st place or to help get back on track:

- map of the area
- compass
- GPS
- watch (with altimeter, barometer, compass)
- headlight and extra batteries

Then there is basic sustenance both for the planned trip and extra for the unplanned:

- water bladder
- container of some kind suitable for scooping more water (in Winter add a means of melting water)
- water purification tablets
- a little food (requiring no cooking)

Dealing with environmental hazards:

- Sun glasses
- Sun screen
- lip balm
- Hat (for those lacking hair)
- Insect repellent

Dealing with injuries:

- 1st aid kit (detailed elsewhere but pretty substantial; at a very minimum sterile pads, roll of gauze, anti-bacterial ointment, tape, disinfecting wipes)

Extra clothes for whatever might happen:

- rain shell (top & bottom)
- insulating layer(s)
- toque
- gloves

Shelter and related gear for camping out:

- 2 large, orange garbage bags
- space blanket
- para cord
- lighter and a candle
- knife

Stuff to help SAR find you:

- whistle
- orange garbage bags (see above)
- fire starter (see above)
- signal flairs (used with bear banger launcher)
- mirror (part of my compass)
- cell phone (have it along anyhow since I'm not going to leave it in the car to be stolen)

Other useful or nice stuff to have:

- multi-tool with scissors and pliers
- TP
- more cord
- monocular
- camera
- duct tape!

Seems like a lot but it can all easily fit in a 20 l. pack at a reasonable weight.

Edit: Last trip with all of the above in my Deuter Futura 28 AC Daypack (about 3 lbs.) total weight including 2 l. water (4 lbs.) was 15 lbs. So the "dry weight" of the gear and food in the pack was about 8 lbs. The insulating layer was a down jacket. A night or 2 out would not have been fun but absolutely no threat to survival.
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post #35 of (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Quote:
quote:Originally posted by Rachelo

Quote:
quote:Originally posted by forestwalker

Exactly, just as i said
as stated, the ipod is an add-on, for those long slogs uphill
i'd rather have my driver's licence and credit card in my pocket rather than stolen out of my car.
plus you learned what a poop ticket was so can't all be bad
I didn't actually mean to attack as you seem to have taken it. I'm just saying that this is where I'd dispense of any mention of a 'ten essentials', or any essentials. This would be a comparison of standard gear, not essentials - and that's great. I'm not disputing any of the things you bring, they were just evidence that this is a gear list rather than an 'essentials' list.

I suspect Peter was also just trying to add another useful thing, not suggest that you personally are unprepared or that he knows everything.
lol
I now wonder if I am unprepared after looking at all the pictures on this tread.
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"The Ten Essentials"

revised

1) come
2) back
3) alive
4) and
5) unharmed
6) to
7) your
8) loved
9) ones
10) .
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quote:Originally posted by forestwalker

lol
I now wonder if I am unprepared after looking at all the pictures on this tread.
I'm afraid I've failed to bring vapid celebrities on any of my hikes... I'll have to get on that.
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post #38 of (permalink) Old 10-06-2009, 06:51 AM
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Quote:
quote:Originally posted by forestwalker

"The Ten Essentials"

revised

1) come
2) back
3) alive
4) and
5) unharmed
6) to
7) your
8) loved
9) ones
10) .
Now THERE'S a good summary if I ever saw one! The rest of it's just preparation and preference.
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