What to Bring On A Hike. ........
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If you can't make the meetings and want to go on any specific trip, contact
the person indicated for details of meeting time and place, what to bring,
etc. Tell the contact person you are coming (either at the meeting or by
phone) so they will know how many to expect. If you find you
cannot go, always call the contact person so they will not wait for you
and delay everyone else!
- Lunch - a sandwich or something that does not require cooking
- Snacks - to eat along the way; fruit, granola bars, etc.
- Water - a minimum of
one and a half to two quarts (even in winter; more in hot summer).
- A backpack to carry everything in.
- A light jacket or windbreaker
-- it can be very windy on top. This is a good part of a layered
clothing system; see the last comment on this page.
- Whatever medication you require; inhalers, epi-pens, etc.
- A bare midriff is fashionable but can be very cold in cool weather.
Any exposed skin, particularly on your torso can cause large heat loss.
- Boots which support your foot and ankles: In warm weather
sturdy running or walking shoes will do fine but they should have a good
"outdoor type" sole. See the box below for information on
| LL Bean's
Note if ordering from LL Bean, be sure the boot has a "lugged rubber sole",
not a "chain-link" sole
|Winter or Spring
In the Winter you should have boots which are insulated or will fit
several pairs of warm socks. In the Winter and Spring a waterproof
boot is very helpful. The best is the type of boot with a rubber
bottom and leather upper. Originally made by LL Bean (www.LLBean.com)
but now made by many manufacturers. The Canadian brand "Sorrel" is
very good and available in many stores. The insulated rubber
bottom boot "bugaboot II" or "bugaboot plus" made by Columbia is
reasonably priced and available in stores such as Campmor in
Paramus, NJ (www.campmor.com/);
REI in Carle Place and NYC (www.rei.com/stores/138), Eastern Mountain
Sports in Carle Place and NYC (http://www.ems.com);
Dick's in Roosevelt Field (www.dickssportinggoods.com).
Also, from the same sources, a slightly higher boot , the North Face
Baltaro which is about the same cost as those from LL Bean but is
often on sale at a price competitive with the Columbia. Note
that Costco often has reasonably priced rubber bottom boots for sale
Gore-tex hiking boots are also waterproof but not quite as good as
rubber bottoms in the winter. Boots with any fabric in them (other
than gore-tex or an equivilent) should be avoided in the winter or
wet weather - they are fine in the summer, however. If you have a
pair of good leather boots, you should apply waterproofing but be
prepared to have damp (wet?) feet.
North Face Baltaro
In winter (or any cool weather):
- A Hat is essential. The heat loss through your head can
equal that through the rest of your body. The old adage is true: "If
your feet are cold, put on a hat"!
- Extra Socks (Wool or synthetic, not cotton; see fiber comments
- Insulated Underwear is recommended for winter. It should be
made of synthetic fiber (NOT cotton). Polypropylene, Capeline,
polyester, or several other brands are good. Wool is better than cotton
but not as good as the synthetics (and it may itch). A
cotton/polyester blend is better than cotton alone but not as good as
- Traction Aids are recommended whenever there is a possibility
of snow or ice on the trail. The Club has a good selection of
various aids to lend to members on a given trip. A discussion of
the various tyes of aids is here: www.nemountaineering.com/2016/04/traction-selecting-footwear-traction-for-your-hike/
Dress warmly but in layers so you can take off one layer and still be
protected from the cold. A lighter windbreaker or jacket, combined with
several sweaters is preferred to one big, heavy coat.
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