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DAY HIKING
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Northern Sierras
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Northern Sierras
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MOUNTAIN BIKING
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OUR GARAGE

CSP's Guide to Good Hiking Gear

DO A PRE-HIKE CHECK
Prior to setting out on any adventure its a good idea to review your gear and decide if any new acquisitions may be required. The very worst thing that can happen to you is to travel for hours by car to an exciting destination only to find that you left some gear at home or the gear you brought is broken or dilapidated. This has happened to us on several occasions. Weve driven to a remote dive spot in search of abalone only to find that were one fin short of a pair. Weve gone mountain bike riding and gotten a flat several miles into the ride only to find were out of patches. These situations could have been avoided, of course, by a few minutes of planning prior to leaving on any trip.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
Hiking is a relatively simple sport that requires little planning and a small amount of gear. There are however some essentials that you dont want to forget.

Hiking and overnight backpacking go hand in hand, so we will cover the gear that you will want to remember for an overnight trip. If you're only going for the day, just leave out the overnight stuff.

What goes in or is attached to your Backpack/Daypack:

  • Tent/Shelter
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pad for sleeping
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Map of trails
  • Rope/Cord
  • Watch
  • Matches/lighter
  • Compass
  • Lantern/candles
  • Water filter
You may also want:
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading Material
  • Multi-tool
  • Knife (Swiss army?)
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Pot and lid
  • Fork/spoon
  • Cup
  • Water bottles
  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Gloves
And don't forget:
  • Mole Skin/Silk Undersocks
  • Biodegradable Soap
  • Sunblock
  • Lip Protection
  • FOOD!
It's always a good idea to wear clothing that can be layered. The temperature and weather can be very fickle. If you've got extra clothing that can be added and removed as the temp and the weather change, you'll be more comfortable.

Also, in case of an emergency, you should always carry one of those space-age blankets. They're inexpensive and light in weight, but can be a life-saver.

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