Backpacking Gear Checklist
This gear list should answer a lot of your gear questions so please read through this carefuylly. If you still have
questions please send us an email or give us a call. There’s nothing that guides like to discuss more than gear.
I can’t over stress the importance of keeping your load as light as possible. It’s always tempting to over pack and
toss in those extras thinking “it doesn’t really weigh much and I’ll be glad I brought it.”
No, you won’t. You will regret all those extras every time you hoist your pack onto your back. Optional items like
camp shoes, MP3 players, binoculars, extra clothing, etc. can easily add up to 6-7 pounds of unnecessary
weight on your back.
Leave the extras at home and always make weight one of the primary considerations when making gear
Your clothing is a system of layers that you add and subtract according to the dictates of weather and
temperature. My own clothing preference when hiking is to wear a pair of very lightweight synthetic socks under
a wool sock. I wear light weight nylon pants (no long johns), a polypro shirt and a cap. To this I add insulating
and waterproof layers as conditions change.
Don’t bring any cotton clothing. Cotton is not a good insulator and once it gets wet it takes forever to dry out.
Absolutely no jeans!
__ Convertible pants – A pair of lightweight nylon pants with legs that zip off and convert to shorts saves you
from carrying a pair of both. I rarely take the legs off however excet for stream crossings. If you can’t get the
convertibles just go with the pants.
__ Long johns – A pair of lightweight polypro longjohns – 2 pair of tops and 1 bottoms. This is the layer that
goes next to your skin. Light to mid weight is good, don’t go for the heavy weight.
__ Fleece pants – a light weight pair of fleece pants can be nice to slip into when you get to camp, but they are
bulky and take a lot of space in your pack. I consider this an optional item. I don’t usually carry them till mi