It is useful to have a checklist available for review before venturing out on a winter camping trip or day hike.
- Hiking clubs such as The Appalachian Mountain Club, Backpackinglight.com, Backpacking.net, Missouri Hikers, and the Boy Scouts.
- Vendors such as REI
- Individuals such as Dave Morrison,
- Guiding services such 21st Century Adventures,
- Various outdoor skills classes such as University of Minnesota Duluth’s, Princton’s Outdoor Action and Cornell Outdoor Education.
Tjamrog posted a straight forward list appropriate for day hiking to include:
- Trekking poles or ski poles
- Day pack
- Water bottles (2)
- Insulating bottle holders
- Waterproof matches
- Emergency shelter (space blanket)
- Chemical hand and foot warmers
- Cell phone
- Extra Food
- Thermos of hot cider, cocoa, coffee
- winter hat
- Neoprene face mask/scarf
- Lightweight long underwear top
- Midweight long underwear top
- Waterproof/breathable shell jacket
- Insulating gloves or mittens
- Lightweight long r pants
- Waterproof/breathable pants
- Liner socks
- Wool socks (wear one and bring an extra pair)
The value of a checklist is that it provides a starting point for gear assembly. You can review it to ensure you didn’t forget something important. You don’t necessarily have to agree with every item and/or you may substitute items or tailor the list, but it helps ensure you don’t leave without wearing your pants (or something else equally important).
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