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|
- At least 1.5 liters of water, I like to have two containers and put electrolytes in one
- Hiking boots – runners are also good - or even trail runners - see this article
- Hiking socks – not cotton, and two pairs - just in case one gets soaked
- Gators – for mud and scree
- 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
- Rain pants – I rarely use them, but always bring them
- 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
- Light down jacket/ warm lightweight layer
- Rain jacket
- Mitts & Toque (always)
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, lip sunscreen/chap (always)
- First aid kit (I make my own so it is lightweight)
- Food: Lunch (sandwich), snacks (homemade trail mix!!) and 2 extra bars in case its longer than I anticipated
- Water purification tablets, again a good to have in case I run out of water
- Knife because I usually don’t bring my lunch pre made and have to cut cheese on the trail
- Rope - not always but sometimes, I feel like it will come in handy
- Bear Spray, especially with the current berry situation!
- 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: