Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

Equipment List for Three Season Backpacking

Inadequate personal clothing and equipment will compromise your ability to participate fully and will jeopardize the safety of your entire group. Any hiker not properly equipped at the trailhead may be disqualified from the trip by the leader. All gear should be tested and adjusted prior to the trip.

Personal Clothing:

____ Top and bottom underwear made of mid-weight Polypropylene, or any similar wicking materials

____ Two insulating layers for the upper body; common combinations are wool sweater or wool shirt with a fleece jacket.

____ One insulating layer for the lower body

____ Rain gear, parka and pants (not a poncho)

____ Hat, fleece or wool

____ Mittens, fleece or wool

____ Two pair of wool hiking socks and liners

____ Hiking boots; ankle-high, water-proof, Vibram-type lug sole

____ Light shoes for evening (sneakers, aqua socks, etc.) Optional

____ Hiking shorts, can be worn with long, Polypro underwear for a good, versatile combination

____ One and two quart freezer bags for packing clothing

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Personal Equipment:

____ Back-pack; lined with a trash bag

____ Sleeping bag, three-season weight rated to 20 degrees (wrap in trash bag)

____ Sleeping pad

____ Compass and map

____ Two one-quart water bottles

____ Headlamp with spare batteries

____ Personal first-aid kit; insect repellent; large trash bag

____ Water purification tablets or filter

____ Toilet articles

____ Cup, bowl, spoon

____ Gear repair kit

____ Water-proof matches and fire-starter

____ Pocketknife, whistle

____ Tent

____ Stove and fuel

____ Cooking pots

____ Food: breakfast, lunch, supper and trail food for each day

____ Freezer bags for trash

____ Fifty-foot length of rope and stuff-sack for hanging food in bear country

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