Passages Backpack Equipment List

Passages Backpack Equipment List
Passages Orientation
Equipment and Clothing List
OUT-OF-CAMP
Backpacking
Required Equipment
If you choose the out-of-camp backpacking
To buy or not to buy: First, before you
trips option, you will leave from base
purchase new clothing and equipment,
camp for backpacking trips in the OIympic
think about whether you will use this
FOOTWEAR FOR SPECIFIC TRIPS:
Mountains.
equipment again. If the answer is no,
q Hiking boots—sturdy, over-the-ankle,
It is imperative that you are well prepared
for these experiences. Thousands have
participated in Passages since 1985,
and over the years we have refined the
equipment list to include only the most
essential equipment. If you bring this
equipment and ONLY this equipment, you
will be comfortable in nearly any situation
you encounter on your trip.
This equipment list is prepared with
many factors in mind. You must bring all
the items listed, of the specified quality,
then borrow from friends and family, or
well-broken-in, and waterproof or
from other students going on trips during
full-leather boots; should fit comfort-
the other session of Passages. Second,
ably with one pair of medium-weight
remember that Passages is not a fashion
synthetic hiking socks.
or equipment contest. The only thing your
clothes need to do is keep you warm
fine. Third, think about the environmental
q Socks—two pairs of medium-weight
impact of 650+ new and transfer students
synthetic socks. Do not bring cotton
buying lots of petroleum-based clothing.
socks. (They retain moisture and
Improvise! Check out garage sales and
cause blisters.)
Group Equipment Will Include: snacks and
upon it. (Items with an asterisk (*) are
ers, Keens®, Crocs®.
blend or wool blend. That will work just
specified equipment, or have not made
and safety of you and your group depends
campsite; we recommend old sneak-
already that is a 50/50 cotton-polyester
without exception. If you do not have the
not be able to go on the trip. The comfort
weight, closed-toe shoes for the
and dry. Most likely you have clothing
second-hand stores.
preparations to rent or borrow it, you will
q Camp shoes—comfortable, light-
food for all meals, tents, stoves, pans,
CAMPING EQUIPMENT:
q *Sleeping bag—synthetic fill (Polarguard®, Halofill, Lite Loft™) required
first-aid kit, and all other group-related
for the possibility of wet conditions;
equipment. You are responsible for the
should be nylon, mummy style or
personal equipment listed on the next
available to rent at the prices listed.)
modified mummy style with hood,
page.
DRESSING FOR PACIFIC
drawstring, and baffled zipper; good
to 30 F. Do not bring a down bag.
FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS
NORTHWEST WEATHER
Pack light! You must have all the required
During late August in the Olympic
items, but since you will also be carrying
Mountains, daytime temperatures can
range from 45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nighttime temperatures can fall
considerably, to 30–40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Therm-a-Rest®-style air mattress.
Rental fee (foam pad): $3
we advise you not to bring along any
unnecessary personal items.
The first group meeting and equipment
month in the Northwest, we see rain on
check for backpacking and overnight
Passages trips nearly every year. This is
canoeing groups will be the evening
what keeps Puget Sound green.
of new student check-in at 7:30 p.m., in
thetic clothing fabrics (nylon, polyprolene,
q *Sleeping pad—closed-cell foam or
a share of the group equipment and food,
Although August is traditionally the driest
Clothing: We recommend wool or syn-
Rental fee: $22
q Backpack or duffle bag in which to
carry your clothes to the equipment
check and on the bus to Passages.
Please do not bring a suitcase.
q *Backpack—large capacity (4,500–
Memorial Fieldhouse. Bring all of your
5,000 cubic inches or 65–80 liters), in-
equipment to this mandatory meeting.
ternal or external frame with padded
hip belt (not merely a thin hip strap),
cotton/poly mix, Capilene®, fleece) for all
If you have any questions about the
of your layers. While selecting clothing
equipment lists, contact the Orientation
for wilderness travel, do not bring cotton,
office at 253.879.3317 or send an e-mail
except as specifically described. Cotton,
message to Passages Co-directors Justin
especially jeans, won’t dry out easily if it
Canny at jcanny@pugetsound.edu or Moe
each, or hydration system with two-
gets wet, and this greatly increases the
Stephens at mstephens@pugetsound.edu.
quart capacity. (Inexpensive bottled
and sleeping bag lashing straps if an
external frame. Rental fee: $22
q Water bottles (2)—one-quart capacity
water bottles are great.)
risk of hypothermia, even in relatively
warm temperatures.
q Bowl, spoon, and reusable mug or
Puget Sound mug (distributed during
Orientation check-in).
EQ U I PM EN T LI ST C O N I T N U E D O N T H E N E X T PAG E
Puget Sound Passages Orientation | Backpacking Equipment and Clothing List
LAYERING:
are heavy and usually not waterproof.
DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING:
Dressing in layers is an efficient way
q Rain jacket
1.
to stay warm, cool down, and stay dry
through the changing conditions you will
q Rain pants
they detract from the outdoor group
encounter in the mountains.
Base Layer/Wicking Layer
experience.
HEAD AND HANDS:
Lightweight synthetic or mixed-cotton and
It is important to bring a synthetic or wool
polyester blends pull the moisture away
hat to keep you warm at night and a wide-
from your skin to keep you comfortable.
brimmed hat to protect you from the sun.
During the day this means a T-shirt and
synthetic shorts; at night this means long
underwear tops and bottoms.
❑
T-shirt—synthetic or cotton/polyester
blend (one to two)
❑
Shorts—synthetic shorts for quick
drying with or without a liner
❑
Long underwear tops and bottoms—
must be polypropylene, Capilene, or
50/50 wool or polyester
Middle Layer
The middle layer is your first layer of
insulation, which keeps you warm
when you stop hiking at lunch or
while hiking on a cool morning.
❑
Midweight long underwear top (100–
200 fleece weight) or wool or synthetic sweater. (Bring one.)
q Synthetic or wool hat
q Sun hat—wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap and bandana
q Gloves or mittens (wool or fleece)—
one pair
ADDITIONAL ITEMS:
q Headlamp or flashlight (headlamp
preferred)
q Sunglasses—with retainer strap
q Bandanas—bring one or two (for sun
protection, hair, and washing)
q Sunscreen
q Toiletries (Do not bring deodorant,
perfume, soap, etc. on backpacking
trips). These items are for base camp
only. Base camp is not equipped for
Outer Layer
the use of hair dryers or other electri-
Usually a fleece jacket or additional wool
cal equipment.
sweater, it is important that your outer
layer keeps you warm even if it gets wet.
Synthetic layers do this because they do
not absorb much water and wool keeps
you warm even when it is wet.
❑
Top—an additional sweater, heavyweight fleece jacket (300 weight), or
insulated synthetic jacket. (Bring one.)
❑
Shell Layer
It is essential to have a waterproof, light-
q Glasses/Contact lenses—if you wear
contact lenses you must bring a pair
of glasses, additional contact lenses,
and solution.
q Daypack or small duffle bag for storing items at base camp (e.g., toiletries, personal items, etc.)
OPTIONAL ITEMS:
q Camera
weight jacket and pants for protection
q Journal
against wind and rain. Coated nylon is
FOR YOUR RETURN TO BASE CAMP:
inexpensive, lightweight, and works well.
Waterproof, breathable fabrics, such as
q Towel
GORE-TEX® also work well but are more
q Swimsuit
expensive. Do not bring a ski parka. They
Portable radios, cellular phones, or
sound equipment of any kind, as
q A change of clothes for after the trip
(Jeans and cotton are fine.)
2.
Alcohol or drugs
3.Firearms
4.
Jeans or cotton clothing, except
where specified
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