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10/09/09

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Planning a Trip

If you are planning a trip of your own, please tell us!!  We would be happy to post it in Upcoming events.  If you would like some help or have a trip you would like to see happen, let us know and we will do the best we can to see it happen. 

In the mean time, here are some helpful tips:

 

   Handy things to bring:

Exhaustive Overnight Backpacking Checklist
(Choose items that match your trip plans and the expected weather conditions)

 

The 10+ Essentials

 

Extra clothing layers

Map of area (in waterproof case)

Drinking water

Compass

Food

Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries/ bulbs)

First-aid kit

Sunglasses (with retaining strap)

Pocket knife

Sunscreen

Matches (in waterproof container) and fire starter

 

 

 

Hiking Clothing

Quick-drying pants/shorts

Fleece jacket or wool sweater

Short-sleeved shirts

Wicking long underwear (top/bottoms)

Long-sleeved shirts

Regular underwear

Warm pants (fleece or wool)

Quick-drying swimsuit

Fleece or wool vest

 

 

 

Outerwear

Rainwear (top/bottoms)

Fleece or wool gloves/mittens

Wide-brimmed rain/sun hat

Waterproof gloves/over mitts

Warm hat (fleece or wool)

 

Bandana

Footwear

Hiking socks

Extra laces

Wicking liner socks

Gaiters

Hiking boots/shoes that match the terrain

 

 

 

Camping Gear

Backpack

Funnel

Day/summit pack

Matches/lighter

Pack cover

Cook set, dishes

Tent, tarp or bivy sack

Cooking/eating utensils

Rain fly

Drinking cup

Tent stakes

Pot grabber

Footprints

Biodegradable soap

Tent broom

Pot scrubber/dish towel

Sleeping bag (in waterproof stuff sack)

Plastic garbage bags

Compression sack

Resealable plastic bags

Sleeping pad

Water filter/purifier

Sit pad or sleeping pad chair kit

Water-purification tablets

Extra nylon stuff sacks

Water bottle(s)

 Lantern

Collapsible water container

Stove and fuel

 

 

Personal Items

Toilet paper

Lip balm (with sun protection)

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Insect repellent

Small bath towel

Head net

Brush/comb

Trowel

Other personal toiletry items

 

 

 

Other/Extras

Altimeter

Repair/sewing kit

Binoculars

100-foot accessory cord

Field guides

Axe/saw

Camera and film

Money

Notebook and pencil

Photo ID

Travel games

Camping/fire permits, if needed

Watch/alarm clock

Fishing license

Weather radio

Trip Plan (left with a responsible friend)

Hiking poles

Frisbee

 

 

 

And some other recommendations in case the above list forgot anything:

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Harmonica

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Plus if you are climbing or biking, all that extra stuff

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A good attitude (remember, you are camping.  This means you will be roughing it a little bit.  If you have questions about food or what you will be doing, it would probably be wise to talk to the trip leader to figure that out before you go on the trip!)

Weekend trip planning:

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Get a good map

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Know how to get there

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Bring lots of food

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Know campsite restrictions

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Know the weather

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Know the ability of the people you are with

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Know how to use the gear, or have someone who does know how to us it

   Spring Break trip planning:

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Same stuff for weekend trips

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Start planning early

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Gas is expensive, try to get reliable cars

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Food should be done in about $200 - $250

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Be flexible but have a plan

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Test your gear before you go

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Remember Murphy's Law: everything that can go wrong, will go wrong, so plan ahead

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Check out the leave no trace guide lines for outdoor ethics. (poop, waste, female hygiene)

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If you lead a trip, know what you are doing or bring someone along who can help

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Get fit if your trip requires it.  Work out and use your pack and all your gear before you leave for your trip

 

This may seem like a lot of stuff and a lot of work, but in reality, it is not that bad.  And the trip should make it all worth while. All trips are different so you may have to plan more for some and less for others, but more trips = good times.

 

Hmmm, all I can think of for now, let me know if something was forgotten.

 

 

   
   

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