I am excited about my upcoming hiking trip to Crimson Lake above Stanley, Idaho. I was recently putting together my checklist of items required for the trip. After looking at the list I am beginning to wonder if I will have enough room for all of it. Take a look at the list and let me know what you think:
Backback – (4000cc’s minimum) needs to be big enough to carry enough
supplies for 5 days.
1 or 2 man hiking tent – If you have a 2 man tent and don’t mind sharing we should make arrangements to do so. The less weight we have to carry the better.
Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
Water purifier – If we have 2 or 3 on the trip that should be enough. I have one.
Backpacking Camp stove – There will be a 6 of us on the hike. Not everybody needs to take a camp stove however it would be great if we had 3, so we could pair up. Don’t count on being able to make a fire as it will be fire season.
Maps, compass, GPS – I have maps for this trip. If you have a GPS and want to bring it you are more than welcome.
Firearms – We will be in wolf country. Although I don’t anticipate anything happening, I will bring my 22’. If you have a pistol you would like to bring, I recommend doing so.
Headlamp – These work better than handheld flashlights because they allow you to have your hands free. This comes in handy when you are trying to set up your tent at dusk or you are trying to see what you are doing while taking care of business in the bushes.
Food – You will want to bring freeze dried backpacking meals, Instant oatmeal, Jerkey, trail mix, flavored drink mixes, hot cocoa, tea bags, instant coffee…in general anything that is light and won’t take up a ton of room in your pack. (don’t count on living off of fish the whole weekend. Although we hope to catch and eat a few fresh fish they aren’t guaranteed. )
Eating utensils –
• Light metal pot – to heat up water.
• Water bottle or 2
• Fork, spoon, knife, or spork
• A good pair of hiking boots. In my opinion the most important piece of equipment you will take on a hike. If your feet don’t work you can’t do what you set out to do….hike!
• A pair of sandals to cross steams and to wear around camp.
• A couple good pairs of smart wool socks. These are great because they help keep the blisters down by wicking the sweat away from your feet.
• A hat and a benie cap
• Undies – 3 pair
• Long underwear
• T-shirts – the new poly shirts are great for wicking the sweat away.
• Pants – 2 pair (zip knee hikers work the best…stay away from Jeans)
• Swimming trunks
• Light jacket or sweat shirt
• Rain coat
• Camp towel
First Aid Kit
• Pain reliever
• Mole skin patches (for blisters on your feet)
• Medical tape
• Snake bite kit
• Little mirror or something reflective
• Anti-itch lotion
• Foot powder (for the “boys”)
Misc. Items (items you don’t have to have but are nice on the trip)
• Matches, lighter or other fire making device.
• Toilet paper
• Salt and pepper or other spices
• Garbage bags
• Extra Ziploc baggies
• Bug spray (we are in the wilderness)
• Aluminum foil
• Duct tape (this has been a lifesaver for me a time or two)
• Trekking poles or just pick up a stick along the way
• Camera or camcorder and batteries
• Fishing pole and tackle
• Fishing license
• Spending cash
• Hygiene paraphernalia
I better get to collecting all of these items and put them in my pack and see if I can even carry it across the room.