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.
____ Top and bottom underwear made of mid-weight Polypropylene, or any similar wicking materials. Bring a change of inner clothes for each hiking day.
____ 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 e.g. tight-weave wool or breathable nylon/Gore-Tex over long underwear - NO jeans or sweat pants
____ Water proof wind gear, parka and pants (not a poncho)
____ Extra insulating layers - extra layers for standing around in the cold for extended periods (pile, down, wool, or synthetic parka, booties, mittens). Also, bring extra lower body layer.
____ Two hats, fleece or wool plus a balaclava
____ Gloves/mittens, three pairs: light weight liner gloves, warm mittens (wool or synthetic), mitten shells, hand and toe chemical warmers.
____ Two pairs of wool hiking socks and liners
____ Winter hiking boots: felt-lined pac-boots (e.g. Sorels), technical mountaineering boots, or mouse boots
____ Face Mask and Ski Goggles (required on some trips but - check with the leader)
____ Snowshoes (required on most trips but check with the leader)
____ Crampons with protectors or bag (determine from leader what is required)
____ One and two quart freezer bags for packing clothing or stuff sacks
____ Back-pack; lined with a trash bag
____ Ice-ax with protector and/or ski pole(s) (required on some trips - check with the leader)
____ Winter sleeping bag with hood rated to at least -10 degrees F. (wrap in trash bag)
____ Closed cell sleeping pad - total one inch thick
____ Compass and map
____ Two one-quart wide-mouth, leak-proof, shatter-proof water bottles
____ Headlamp with spare batteries
____ Personal first-aid kit; large trash bag; water purification tablets
____ Toilet articles
____ Plastic cup, bowl, spoon
____ Gear repair kit
____ Water-proof matches and fire-starter
____ Pocketknife, whistle
____ Tent - three-season if below tree-line. Snow stakes should be carried
____ Stove and fuel - winter rated type (e.g. MSR Whisperlight)
____ Cooking pots
____ Food: breakfast, lunch, supper and trail food for each day. Bring high-calorie quick-burn energy food: dried fruit, candy, bagels, bread, preserved meats or cheese.
____ Freezer bags for trash
____ Fifty-foot length of rope and stuff-sack for hanging food in bear country
SEM Hiking Committee 4/8/98