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Hiking Gear list - Summer

Following is a list of Outdoors Gear for Advanced hikes such as Mt Washington, NH. However many of the items are good for all hikes and many Outdoors activities. Weather is always unpredictable on mountains, so better to be prepared for a "rainy" day.

1. T-Shirt: Dry-Fit t-shirt, Moisture wicking (100% Polyester - NO cotton) : Nike, Adidas, Under Armor can be purchased from Models, Champion brand (target), EMS brand. Carry one extra in your backpack (a full sleeve T-shirt preferable)

2. Hiking Pants: Waterproof pants (at least water resistant or repellent) : Columbia is an affordable starter brand. Some top brands are Marmot, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear. Recommended to keep a second pair in your backpack during wet or winter months. They are light and don't take up too much space. (NO jeans or sweat pants)

3A. Jacket: Windproof, Breathable, Waterproof Jacket with hard collar hood to resist rain...common brands Arcteryx, Eddie Bauer, EMS, REI

3B. Fleece Jacket: Fleece comes in different varities in terms of warmth and weight. It can be cold even on a sunny June day at mountain peaks ( esp Mt Washington), keep one in the backpack.

4. Hiking Boots: Ankle high, Waterproof(Gore-Tex) with Vibram soles. Mid-cut gives support to ankles esp on rocks and descending. All three features are very important and must have. Some top brands are Merrell, Asolo, Garmont, Keen, ObozType of hiking boots

5. Socks: 2 pairs of breathable hiking socks (Merino Wool fabric, NO cotton)

6. Backpack or Daypack: Water resistant Backpack/Daypack with waterproof cover. A water socked backpack feels 5x heavier then it's normal weight and when you are ascending while tired, every ounce matters. Buy a backpack/daypack, based on you height and strength. Waist strap should sit above your waist, so that entire wait doesn't fall on your shoulders. It is recommended to have hydration sleeve for water inside the backpack to keep your hands fee. A small\medium backpack (25L-40L)with internal frame and hydration sleeve is good for a day trip. There are backpacks for all different purposes, so make the right selection based on your needs.

7. Poles (pair): Light-weight, shock absorbing are recommended. They really help when descending...they take impact off of your keens, ankles and lower back. The ones with clip-locks are easy to use but they are not shock absorbing. Some good brands are Leki, Komperdell and Black Diamond. Some less expensive poles can be bought from Walmart, Dicks etc. Recommended Black Diamond Trek back poles

8. Poncho: An ultra thin, rain poncho is strongly recommended to have in backpack for emergencies. Poncho can be worn over entire clothing and backpack. Its not a substitute for waterproof pant and jacket.

9. Headlamp and Flash light (Black diamond or similar)

10. 2-3 ltrs of water, some Aleve, Band-aid, electrolyte.

Optional Items: (recommended)
Gators: To prevent water from getting inside boots

Head covering:
Hat: Brim or baseball hat, waterproof, breathable (Mountain hardwear, Columbia or similar).
Balaclava (for cold conditions)- Serius Ultraclava, insulating, windproof, water resistant.

Finger-less gloves: Finger-less leather gloves (usually weightlifting) helps to prevent scratches while scrambling rocks. (available in Walmart and other sporting goods)
Gloves (for cold conditions): Glover liner+ Fleece/insulating gloves.

Desi Hankerchief(2) or terrycotton towel: Better for wiping sweats, glasses

Above items are recommended based on our combined experience of many years of climbing many different mountains and conditions. Good gear gives you lots of confidence, safety and fun. It's a small investment but it will go long way.

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Winter hike to Franconia - Story behind the pics February 1, 2017 11:09 PM anonymous
Meetup memories 2016 January 2, 2017 9:47 PM anonymous
Meetup Memories 2015 April 17, 2016 9:49 PM anonymous
Backpacking gear list April 2, 2019 8:28 AM anonymous
Disclaimer of No Liability September 17, 2020 11:49 AM anonymous
Winter activities - Gear list October 31, 2020 10:46 PM anonymous
Hiking Gear list - Summer October 31, 2020 10:43 PM anonymous
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About DESI OUTDOORS: Nature.Adventure.Experience November 19, 2014 11:10 PM anonymous

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