I have an assignment and I've discovered it's not as easy as I first thought.
I've been asked to put together a new packing list for my son's Boy Scout troop as we prepare for our week-long backpacking and climbing trip this summer to Weminuche Wilderness Area in Colorado.
The task isn't so easy because packing lists can be subjective. What's essential for one person may be unimportant to another.
We decided we needed a new packing list because the one we've used on previous long distance hikes was seeming a little bloated these days. And I guess because I've been one of the primary proponents of lightweight backpacking, the task fell to me.
One consideration I must weigh is the experience the boys have with lighter gear and doing without some gear. For example, I've ruled out alcohol stoves. Though they've become popular among lightweight backpackers, they require special care and skill. It's best not to risk a week in the backcountry on something the boys have no experience with.
So I thought I'd share the list-making process here and see if anyone wants to weigh in on suggestions. For starters, here's what I have on the list of items to wear and carry. And by carry, I mean besides the items packed deep in a backpack.
|hiking shirt||lightweight, wicking short-sleeve crew|
|underwear||best: trim-fitting support shorts, boxer or boxer-briefs|
|hiking shorts||lightweight, synthetic|
|hiking socks||lightweight merino wool or synthetic|
|hiking boots||make sure these have been broken in well!|
|hat *||best: wide-brimmed, water-resistant|
|watch *||make sure batteries are fresh|
|sunglasses||100% UV blocking, plastic lenses/frames|
|whistle||best: pealess, plastic|
|compass||even if you have a GPS, this is a must!|
|trekking poles *||not essential, but many hikers find these helpful|
By the way, the asterisk indicates the item is optional. Everything else is require.
I'll post more parts of the packing list later. Any thoughts on what I have so far?