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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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To me "The Ten Essentials" is a list of a bagful of things [u]I</u> take on every hike.
These are things that I feel I need and is customized to me. my health, my hiking style, and my comfort level.
There are add-ons to my ten essentials depending on the season, the hike, and the type of hike.
Surprise, I call these the add-ons. And another surprise, ends up being everything we have in our hiking closet.
My use of almost all "The Ten Essentials" is mainly a what if, or just in case, bag of goodies that after a few hikes I feel I might need or will be uncomfortable without .A lot of times Ill bring duplicates of some of my ten essentials because I know Ill consume or use these extras, such as Advil (when Ive got a big down hill section and need all the leg power Ive got without the knee pain to weaken that power) or sun screen (when I start before daylight).
Remember this is my list, geared to my style and me. This may not work for others and is just a reference for you to make your own list, or to expand your own.
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1) Water tabs
2) Sunscreen
3) Poop tickets
4) Trash bag
5) Lighter
6) Flag tape
7) Balaclava
8) Gloves thin liners& nitril coated
9) Turtle lamp
10) Compass
11) Whistle
12) Swiss knife
13) One shot visine
14) Lip gloss
15) Tea light w/water proof matches
16) Purell
17) Pencil & paper
18) Dog or bear spray
19) Drivers licence &credit card
20) First aid kit
21) Car key
22) Wind shirt (2.6oz)
23) Rain jacket (5.4oz)
24) At least one hiking pole
25) Enough water to last drinking every 20min.till next water source
26) Beta of route with a what if plan
27) Solid hiking experience



Add-ons: and still growing as per seasons and trip planning
Ice
Insect repellent
Tic tool
I pod
Compass & map
Belay device & sling
Leatherman and soft wire
Hockey tape

note: this add-on list will end up being a list of everything I own





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So it's not actually the 'ten essentials' at all, but just a random number of things you've decided are important. Or basically a list of everything you bring - not just the bare essentials. (I'm assuming that you would not argue that an ipod or driver's licence is an absolute desperate requirement. Also, what on earth is a 'poop ticket'???)
This is why the 'ten essentials' are silly. It's a nice idea for newbies to look at and get an idea of the important things, but there is no single ten essentials that can't be bettered by people thinking and deciding for themselves what is most critical.
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Absolutely, and if you don't have the knowledge or skills to prepare properly for a mountain hike all on your own, maybe you shouldn't be up there at all. Start with the pond loops and get those new boots broken in first.
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Also, what on earth is a 'poop ticket'???)
Toilet paper. I agree that this one should be on everyone's essential list. As a kid I had a friend who forgot toilet paper and used Poison Oak to wipe with.....
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Other than the lipgloss{ I use vaseline } I-pod, ?Purell?, and leather man ,your kit sounds similar to mine.

Thin wire ?? That for emergency food acquisition ? That is a handy skill used by many up north
of the peace river and alberta-cold. Never tried it myself. My brother and his kids can do that in their sleep, so to speak.

Spare eye-night glasses are added to my kit and lots of water/drink.

Rope in lieu of belay device,& makes a good quick overhead set up with clothes pegs and thin nylon.
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Here's mine.







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Also, what on earth is a 'poop ticket'???)
Toilet paper. I agree that this one should be on everyone's essential list. As a kid I had a friend who forgot toilet paper and used Poison Oak to wipe with.....
Ahhhhhhh. Since when was 'toilet paper' replaced as the standard term?
I congratulate those who feel no need for TP, and know their leaves well, but I too feel it's one wonderful luxury that I'm plenty willing to carry.
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"Belay device and sling?"

These seem a little bit random, without a rope or climbing harness in your kit. What situation would you use these for?

To save the weight, you could learn how to tie a munter hitch to replace the belay device in most circumstances.
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LOL @ Russ's combination of gear. I had no idea Paris had a crush on you! Frig!
The only thing you're missing is a bic lighter Russ.



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She contacted me when she was in Vancouver. Now I'm her 'new 'BFF !
I was going to include a Bic but with Paris you don't need an extra source of heat [:I][:0]
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LOL @ Russ's combination of gear. I had no idea Paris had a crush on you! Frig!
The only thing you're missing is a bic lighter Russ.
Can't you start a fire with the gun?
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On a sunny day you should be able to start a fire with your camera lens by focussing the rays of the sun...
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So it's not actually the 'ten essentials' at all, but just a random number of things you've decided are important.Or basically a list of everything you bring - not just the bare essentials.
Exactly, just as i said

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(I'm assuming that you would not argue that an ipod or driver's licence is an absolute desperate requirement. Also, what on earth is a 'poop ticket'???)
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.
i'm not here to argue, but to share.
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This is why the 'ten essentials' are silly.
yes, i totaly agree, experience and knowledge is what is needed not "a list"
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It's a nice idea for newbies to look at and get an idea of the important things, but there is no single ten essentials that can't be bettered by people thinking and deciding for themselves what is most critical.
you got that right, thats why i repeated "my list, I, me,not work for others, reference" so many times in the post.

plus you learned what a poop ticket was so can't all be bad
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Absolutely, and if you don't have the knowledge or skills to prepare properly for a mountain hike all on your own, maybe you shouldn't be up there at all. Start with the pond loops and get those new boots broken in first.
good stuff that you know everything

care to share some of that knowledge .
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Other than the lipgloss{ I use vaseline } I-pod, ?Purell?, and leather man ,your kit sounds similar to mine.

Thin wire ?? That for emergency food acquisition ?
thin wire for winter snow shoe/ski binding repair
purell for hand cleaning
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