Friday, August 5, 2016

Packing List - Day Hike Summer

I'm excited to be going on my 10th hike / mountain bike of the season! Knocking off another summer goal

Since I'm usually scrambling to get my sh*t together - I made a list of everything I had on my last hike which had us going through rain/hail/sun and wind and got me through it! 
After the rain out came the sun
  1. At least 1.5 liters of water, I like to have two containers and put electrolytes in one
  2. Hiking boots – runners are also good - or even trail runners  - see this article
  3. Hiking socks – not cotton, and two pairs - just in case one gets soaked 
  4. Gators – for mud and scree
  5. Hiking Pants - I usually wear lulu lemon ¾ length pants with no cotton, I sometimes bring shorts, but as I get up high in altitude I typically find it gets cold enough that I don’t need them
  6. Rain pants – I rarely use them, but always bring them
  7. Wick away T-Shirt x 2 – I like to change into one for lunch, typically a long sleeved T-Shirt, I lean towards a T-Shirt instead of a tank top because of backpack straps
  8. Light down jacket/ warm lightweight layer 
  9. Rain jacket
  10. Mitts & Toque (always)
  11. Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, lip sunscreen/chap (always) 
  12. First aid kit (I make my own so it is lightweight
  13. Food: Lunch (sandwich), snacks (homemade trail mix!!) and 2 extra bars in case its longer than I anticipated
  14. Water purification tablets, again a good to have in case I run out of water
  15. Knife because I usually don’t bring my lunch pre made and have to cut cheese on the trail
  16. Rope - not always but sometimes, I feel like it will come in handy
  17. Bear Spray, especially with the current berry situation!
  18. Hiking poles - Some science is still out as to if it alleviates pressure on your joints, but I would rather play it safe. I typically only use them on the way down.
Other things I bring for the car are:
  1. Coffee for the drive out, I leave a little for the drive home
  2. Cooler with beer/soda/cold water
  3. Sandals for changing into when returning to the car
  4. Snacks for the ride home
  5. Good tunes! 
 Let's hope this list helps my packing tonight!