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Gear:  Everyone has their own preferences about gear, as they should.  Below is a list of things that I find either necessary or useful on a day hike or backpacking trip.  Your own preferences may differ considerably.  Many of these items below also depend on the season, the weather, etc.


Day Hike:

  • map and compass (and GPS, if so inclined)
  • small day-pack
  • water bottles (or camelbak)
  • hiking poles (I use these to save my knees)
  • light pair of gloves
  • polypro/capilene T-shirt
  • lightweight fleece top
  • shorts or trekking/convertible pants
  • gore-tex (or similar) shell with hood
  • nylon shell pants with full-length zipper
  • extra pair of wool/polyester socks
  • baseball hat or Tilly Hat
  • warm hat
  • sunglasses
  • water purification tablets (or filter)
  • headlamp or flashlight, w/batteries (just in case)
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • toilet paper

Backpacking/Overnight Trips:

  • map and compass
  • internal frame pack
  • sleeping bag
  • Therm-a-rest sleeping pad
  • light pair of gloves
  • midweight thermal wear top
  • powerstretch tights
  • nylon shorts
  • powerstretch or 100 weight mirco-fleece vest
  • lightweight nylon wind shirt*
  • fleece jacket with hood
  • fleece pants with full-length zipper*
  • Gore-Tex parka with hood
  • wind-proof pants with full-length zipper*
  • extra pair of wool/polyester blend socks
  • down/fleece booties or Gore-Tex socks*
  • hat with sun visor
  • warm hat and neck gaiter or baraclava*
  • sunglasses and goggles (goggles not necessary in summer)
  • large plastic cup (2-cup capacity) and spoon
  • wide-mouth water bottles
  • water purification tablets
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • inexpensive watch
  • personal toiletries--sun screen, chap stick, Carmex, aloe vera gel, toilet paper, handi-wipes, antibacterial waterless soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, handkerchief.

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