Equipment List for Canadian Rockies Trekking

Karens Gear List:

Official Papers

Camping Gear

Clothing

Clothing Accessories

Outerwear

Footwear

Accessories

Optional Field Gear

*** Please pack your gear in a duffel, soft suitcase, or large backpack.  Remember, we need to fit 4 people in one vehicle with all gear and 5 with gear in the other.  Keep it reasonable and small. 

We will have laundry facilities available on-site in Lake Louise and in Canmore. 

Whatever you wear to travel to Canada will be your street clothes for dining / pub visits in Lake Louise (Alpine Center) and Canmore (Boswell Cabin/ Clubhouse).

Bags and Packs

campmor duffel

Usually I am stuffing all of my stuff into a big back pack. This is just a basic duffel bag that I picked up from campmor for my kili trip and it's worked wonders. Sturdy, but light, big enough to hold pretty much anything and I don't care the least about how I treat it! I drag it on the concrete and throw it around.

Kili Notes: But this trip, all of our gear was carried by porters, who simply stuf all your gear in a big sack. So we each brought 2 large duffel bags. One had our gear in it, while the other had all of the clothes we were donating to the porters after the climb. The ones I picked up were relatively cheap and worked really well. I love Campmor. They've got it all!

 

GoLite Pinnacle

This bag is basically a stripped down toploader with a roll top and an extra zip pouch in the front. I bought it becuase I wanted to try and strart packing as light as possible, and it all starts with the pack. At 1lb 9oz, this is the lightest pack I have ever used. I pretty much take this pack every trip I take.

Why I bought it: I bought this pack because when I was doing the sumit of Kili, my Gregory was way too heavy a pack for just holding a couple fleeces, water and snacks. Who needs a framestay for that! The goal was to get a really lightweight pack that can serve as an all around short duration hike pack.

Good for: Short 1 or 2 days hikes where you have less than 25 or 30 pounds in your pack or for throwing in your heavy pack to use as a summit or day pack on a multi day expedition.

Not for: Longer hikes where you have to carry lots of stuff in yourpack and its heavier than 25 or 30 pounds.

Favorite Features: the pack is one and a half pounds!

Canadian Rockies Notes: I will never go back to a big heavy pack for anything other than a 5 day or more campout. This bag was everything I hoped it would be. At 4300 cu in, its very volumous, which is what I need since everything I own is XXL. This pack was all I needed for all of the day hikes and the 2 overnights at Stanley Mitchell hut.

Mount Washington Notes: I love this bag. It is absolutely perfect for trips like this. It's extremely lightweight and doesn't get in the way. The only drawback is the water bottle holders are a little hard to get to, but I have yet to wear a pack where that was not the case!

Grand Canyon Notes: Hiking in the grand canyon with about 45 to 50 pounds in this pack demonstrated to me the needs for a framestay. I created a makeshift framestay by sticking my tentstakes down the middle of the back, which worked very well. However, going forward, my rule will be anything more than 25 pounds gets a pack with a frame. This pack will be strictly used for day hikes and simmit bids.

Rainier Notes:This is my daypack, summit pack, etc for all of my trips. I used it for the Mt Saint helens climb and as my summit pack for Adams.

Camping Gear

Marmot Trestles 30 deg Long

The Trestles 30 is an all-purpose synthetic bag that insulates even in sustained cool and damp conditions.

Mount Olympus Notes: The Olympic Mountain Range is so wet, it is impeerative that you use a synthetic bag. This bag was wet in the feet the whole trip, but my feet were still ok.

Canadian Rockies Notes: I liked the warmth of this bag. It was comfortable even if there was not much foot and ankle room.

AT Notes: This is now my go to bag for AT hikes when it's not mid summer.

Clothing

Duofold Varitec Long Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

The first time I tried out a Duofold shirt, I was surprised at how it performed considering how little it cost. It's a great way to build up your gear quickly without spending all your money on some big brands advertising!

Basic base layer shirt. A staple in my pack.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along specifically for those hot days where I might just want a t shirt in the water. I actually didn't use it but its always good to have just in case.

Duofold Varitec Short Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

Any kind of non cotton shirt will do. Poly Pro, or wool, whatever.

Underarmor Boxer Brief

These are the best underwear I have ever used. Because i have a problem with my legs rubbing to together as i walk, which causes my pant to ride up on me, I decided to change to biker shorts (slick material) rather than a cloth material to see if that would alleviate my problem. They worked better than I ever would have expected. I will never go back to cloth boxer briefs.

North Face Momentum Shirt

I needed a microfleece and this one was cheap and felt softer than a baby's a$$. Plus I really wanted a fleece that was a pullover rather than a full zip for a mid layer so that I could tuck it in.

This synthetic fabric wicks moisture away from the skin, dries quickly, and resists wrinkling, tearing, and unraveling—a must for the adventure traveler. A lightweight, high performance microfiber fleece with a luxurious finish, TKA microfleece provides lightweight warmth next to the skin or in a layering system. This 100% polyester fabric is engineered to be both durable and resistant to pilling. It offers warmth when wet, launders well and packs easily.

This is now one of my more favorite shirts. First, the material is breathable. Second, the shirt is warm. Third, the shirt is quick drying. And last, the half zip is highly functional.

5 Boro Bike Tour Notes: This is usually all you'll need on the five boro because it's usually spring like conditions. I like this one because it looks good no matter what you do to it.

Snowboarding Notes: This is my number 1 favorite Shirt for boarding. I now longer go on a snowboarding trip without it. It's warm, but has a half sip for hot days in the sun. It doesn't need ironing and doesn't get wrinkled so you can go right from the slopes to the bar and be good to go. It has thumb holes that make it easy to layer and not get you're sleeves all bunched up. Perfect shirt.

Wigwam Ultimax Cool Lite Hiker Sock

I don't wear cotton socks anymore. It's all about wool or synthetic blends.

Tour Notes: It doesn't much matter what kind of socks you wear on this ride. however, it is "On" whether the meteorologist calls for rain or shine, so I suggest wool or synthetic blends because they stay warm when wet.

Grand Canyon Notes: I brought 4 pair of socks. I loved these socks. They were really comforatble and didn't slide around on my foot.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later top

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later pants

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Grand Canyon Notes: I decided to only bring a pair of bottoms for bnightime since I was already bringing my North Face Flash Jacket for the night. I was glad I did too, because it was cold each and every night.

Bridgedale Liners

I have a tendency to get blisters but with one of these liners, it's not a factor. They move the moisture away from your feet very well and provide the extra softness beneath those wool socks.

Wigwam Coolmax Liners

I have a tendency to get blisters but with one of these liners, it's not a factor. They move the moisture away from your feet very well and provide the extra softness beneath those wool socks.

Smartwool Socks

Smartwool's Expedition Trekking line was the winner of Backpacker Magazine's Great Sock Test. They expertly control temperature and moisture, cushion your digits and are extremely durable. Wicks and evaporates moisture to keep feet and shoes dry. Keep your feet cool in the summer, warm in the winter and not too bad for odor prevention either. I can't see myself ever buying another brand of sock

Madawaska Notes: Usually, I am using these socks for hiking. But here, they were just for walking around and in case I needed them for the cold water. But it was warm enough that I didn't need em at all.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Once again, my favorites. Others say that the socks tend to slip or move on their feet, but i haven't had that problem. No matter what brand you bring with you, make sure you have wool socks for the hike.

EMS Superwick T

This is a lightweight polyester shirt that is highly breathable and quick drying. It wicks moisture away from the body and comes in a fe different colors. I actually picked up a long sleeve and a short sleeve. They were great as a first layer in the jungle.

Iliniza Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t-shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Grand Canyon Notes: It gets hot down there in the canyon, so bring a lightweight t shirt.

North Face Paramount zip off pants

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Definately bring at least one pair. I personally brought 2 pair. While I never unzipped tham on any of my hikes, others in my group did on the one hike I didn't do, because it got so hot.

Grand Canyon Notes: I brought 2 pair of pants, but only used these as my hiking pants all three days. I used the other pair as my camp clothing.

EMS Adventure zip off pants : $50

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Definately bring at least one pair. I personally brought 2 pair. While I never unzipped tham on any of my hikes, others in my group did on the one hike I didn't do, because it got so hot.

Patagonia Stretch Zip Long T

I love this shirt. It has thumb holes to keep your sleeves from riding up (or keep your wrists warm), it's comfortable and it has the half zip neck which I love because you can use it like a turtleneck or you can open up to breathe. Designed to be versatile enough to use as a high-mobility base layer for winter sports or a midweight outer layer in warmer climates.

Canadian Rockies: This was my staple shirt for the entire trip. I don't go anywhere without it.

Grand Canyon Notes: I will only bring one long sleeve shirt. And since I did, this was the only one I brought. My staple shirt on all my trips. So much so, that everybody says I need to buy some new shirts!

Outerwear

North Face Apex Soft Shell Jacket

From what I hear, North Face is good for tall climbers and from my experience in trying a few styles and types from them, the beta is correct. The arms were long enough even though the body wasn’t built for Tony Soprano. I liked the fit and comfort level of this jacket and could tell it would be very warm.

Since soft shell was introduced, I decided I would move in that direction simply because I wanted to start packing more lightly, and this allows me to possibly skip a thinker shell and only bring along a thin lightweight shell.

Canadian Rockies Notes: This jacket served me well in the Rockies. Between this and my 800 fill down jacket, I never got cold and I used it every day. Definately recommend a soft shell over traditional fleece.

North Face Ascent Beanie

Nice little fleece hat to cover my newly shaved head! I like it because there's more fleece on the ears thatn the top which is exactly how I like it. My ears are sensitive like a little girls!! lol

Grand Canyon Notes: I brought one fleece hat and only used it in camp at night and in the morning. But I was glad I brought it. it's cold enough in camp during the spring that you will definately need one.

Mountain Hardwear Fleece Hat

This hat is a little thin, but the fact that it completely covers the ears and ties off to stay tight against them makes it really warm. It's a great hat to have along on any trip. Plus you look funny which is always special!

Iliniza Notes: I brought this hat merely as a backup. The worst thing you can do is lose your only hat in the wild. I always bring an extra just in case.

Kilimanjaro Notes: Again, this was my backup hat. I definately pulled it out at night to sleep in.

EMS Glove Liners
A nice set of liners are a great thing to have. light enough to wear during the cool night but just engouh to keep your fingers warm.

 

Kombi Leather Palmed Fleece Gloves

Fleece gloves are very useful and these have leather palms which gives them the ability to grab wet things!

I bought these on the fly because I forgot mine at home and needed some for the trip. I liked them a great deal. The leather plams is very useful.

The North Face Class V Hat

A simple water repellant hat.

This is the hat I use when its raining to keep the hood of my shell from falling over my eyes.

North Face Venture Jacket

The Venture Jacket is North Face’s most affordable water proof shell. The Venture is a relatively thin and light weight jacket that is well suited as a multi season jacket.

The jacket is made from HyVent DT, a waterproof yet breathable fabric with raised microdots that lift the fabric off of the skin in order to channel moisture away.

Other features include a fully adjustable, attached hood, brushed chinguard lining, pit-zip vents, two hand pockets, adjustable Velcro cuffs, and a cinch cord at the waist.

One almost seemingly hidden feature is the left pocket stow. Stuff the jacket in the left hand packet, zip and the jacket quickly transformed into a small bundle

Pros: Very good waterproofing, lightweight and compressible, resonably priced

Cons: Hood doesn’t roll up and hide away. Cuff Velcro tabs stick out a bit, they could Velcro down a bit more

Canadian Rockies Notes: This was the only shell Jacket I took along on the trip and I actually pulled it out on the top of the 6 Glaciers hike when it started to snow and rain. I was glad to have it because it kept me dry and warm, but not hot. Definatley need a brimmed hat (like a baseball cap) or the hood can be uncomfortable.

5 Boro Bike Tour Notes: I bring this in my pack no matter what. It's light weight and

North Face Venture Pant (Shell) :$100

The Venture Pant is a lightweight thin shell pant that you can use for light to medium rain situations. While it won't keep you totally dry in 6 hour thundershower, it will provide you with enough cover for most of your hiking needs.

Canadian Rockies Notes: This was the only shell pant I took along on the trip and though I never used it, I was glad to have it in my bag the shole time.

North Face Flash Jacket

This was one of the major items that I had still not purchased for climbing but was looking forward to adding to my gear pile because of its utility. Besides being extremely warm, it is extremely lightweight and very compact and packable.

Canadian Rockies: I will never do a hiking trip without a down jacket again. Best thing I took with me.

Grand Canyon Notes: The beauty of this jacket is its flexiblity. It stowes into a little pocket, is extremely lightweight, and can be used for many things, from a jacket to a pillow. I pretty much take this on every trip or expedition.

El Potrero Notes: This is the perfect item to bring to potrero. It is extremely lightweight. It is extremely warm. And it is extremely versatile, given that you can use it as a coat, sweater, or pillow! It doens get windy and cold depending on what time of year you are going.

Footwear

Raichle Mt Hike GTX

So far I have only hiked a couple of times with these, but so far I really like them. The toe is angled so the uphills are less strenuous and the toe box is not too spacious so you don't get your toes banged too much on the descents. And they are blue. No ugly brown!

Canadian Rockies Notes: Even though I brought these for the trip, I never used them once. Everything was day hikes and there really weren't many technical areas that I needed serious boots for, so I chose to wear my Salomon Trail Runners for every hike. Another big factor was that the weather cooperated so wonderfully. Had it been wetter, I probably would have used them.

Even though I didn't use them, I would suggest at least taking them with you because you never know what the weather is going to be like and if it is very wet, you may want boots with you.

Saloman XA Pro 3D Trail Running

This is the third pair of Salomon Trail Runners I've bought and they sure won't be the last. The best part is the quick lace feature that keeps them tied tight and eliminates the need to tie your laces!

Canadian Rockies Notes: I absolutely love these things. I did all of my hikes in these. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots).

Grand Canyon Notes: I did the entier Grandview to Tonto to South Kaibab trail in these. The first day was very tough on the ankles, when the steepness and sree caused us more than a little trouble getting down the trail quickly and efficiently.

Appalachian Trail Notes: The AT is pretty rocky, and most prefer to wear boots. Since I have very strong ankles and don't tend to turn them very easily, I prefer to wear runnind kicks ot minimize the weight on my feet. However, most will wear boots on the AT.

Crocs

Crocs are ugly, but they are the best thing ever thought of for anybody who needs easy to slip on footwear that doesn't get funky when wet. I love my crocs and I don't care how ugly they are.

The first time I saw a pair of Crocs was on the Deerfield river with the KCCNY. This dude was broncoing in a hole, and got out to portage over some rocks to do it again. He kept doing it over and over, and every time he would slide out of the yak, pull the crocs out of the hull, put them on, and pick up the yak. His crocks were and ugly orange, and all i could think was, they must be pretty functional, because they sure are ugly. And he confirmed. And from then on, I decided I needed a pair.

Madawaska Notes: I didn't own a pair of crocs when I did this trip. But I wished I did!

Canadian Rockies Notes: This trip I bought them and never will take a long trip without them again.

Grand Canyon Notes: I brought these as my camp shoes since they are light weight, and I want to get out of my shoes in camp. Well worth their weight. I need to air out my dogs at night and these help me do that.

El Potrero Notes: Do NOT leave home without them. The showers are clean enough, but I would not venture into that bathroom without my shower shoes!

Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters

On the ecuador trip, I was happy with my low gaiters (Outdoor Research), but not exstatic. I sunk in some mud that went way past the calve and at that moment regretted not bringing some high gaiters as well. This time I know better.

Kilimanjaro Notes: These would have been a great thing to have on the summit day. There is just a huge amount of scree you come down to get back to high camp and gaiters are a must. I was just too tired to care about all the pebbles in my shoes.

Canadian Rockies Notes: This trip I bought them and never put them because there was really never any need. Even the muddiest day, I only got some on my pant bottom. I only wore my low gaiters the first day and after that, left them in the pack since there really wasn't a need for them on any of the hikes. But i would at least have low gaiters with you just incase you get a really wet and muddy area, you may need them.

Outdoor Research Ankle Gaiters

Ankle Gaiters are great for people like me who typically hike in trail runners or low top light hikers.

Oyacache Notes: Although I brought these along, I only used them once due to the good weather and all the hikes being on maintained trails. take them along just in case you get a bad patch of wether.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Although I brought these along, I only used them once due to the good weather and all the hikes being on maintained trails. take them along just in case you get a bad patch of wether.

Accessories

Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

I really like this balm. Its very much like "Unpetroleum" that i took on Alaska trip and loved.

Grand Canyon Notes: Do not forget to bring lip balm on this trip. You will regret it if you do.

Mt Rainier Notes: If you have never been on a glacier in the middle of the summer, you can't really understand how important it is to have lip balm. I buy these 6 at a time every time I go to the camping store. I avoid chapped lips at ALL costs.

Moleskin

It really doesn't matter which moleskin you choose. Personally, I like the thin moleskin, especially since I start applying it as soon as i feel even a hotsot. I never wait until i develop a blister so i rarely ever develop one. But i use moleskin almost every day of a hiking trip and remove it at night to air out the hot spot.

Wet Ones Travel

It really doesn't matter which moleskin you choose. Personally, I like the thin moleskin, especially since I start applying it as soon as i feel even a hotsot. I never wait until i develop a blister so i rarely ever develop one. But i use moleskin almost every day of a hiking trip and remove it at night to air out the hot spot.

Grand Canyon Notes: Since water will be so sparse on this trip, I'll bring a pack of these for my outback shower!

El Potrero Notes: Anytime you are in Mexico, bring wet ones. They rarely have toilet paper in any of the bathrooms, so having these hand is nice.

Packtowel Camp Towel

Bottom line, this is not ever an optional item. I have to have at least one on my trips. It's really water absorbant but rings out like a shammy and packs away dry right after you've used it on your whole body!

El Potrero Notes: Bring a camp towl because they don't have them readily available at the Posada.

Grand Canyon Notes: I'll bring my small towel just so I can wash my face, or if I want to go down to the river.

Nalgene Water Bottle

These bottles are indestructible and supposedly, they don’t promote bacteria growth or hold odor. In every picture I see of someone camping or on a mountain, I see them holding a Nalgene bottle. I’m not even sure they have any competition they’re so well entrenched. And what makes them even better is most water filtration systems are built specifically to fit Nalgene bottles!

I always wrap some clear and some gray duct tape around my bottles. First, it helps to tell whos they are and it also is an easy way to keep duct tape which is the most important item you can take on a mountain! It fixes everything from blisters to leaky tents. I always bring 3 liter bottles for summit day. I also sometimes bring an extra to pee in if im too lazy to get out of the tent! just be careful. Aim smart.

OR stuff sacks

I am a very organized person, or at least I try to be! So a couple of extra stuff sacks to straighten out my gear is always a necessity for me. I picked up the non-waterproof ones for the mountain and rock climbing. But once I start paddling, I'll move up to the hydro seal.

Leki super Makalu Trekking Poles

They say they're some of the best poles on the market. Cor-tec handles, anti shock tips and light as a pair of feathers, they seemed good enough for me. If I had one complaint it would be that they could fold in just a little bit smaller. But other than that, they perform and that's all you can ask.

Why I bought them: If you have bad knees like I do, or you are big boy like I am, you will definately want to bring along your sticks. There are some very steep descents on some of the trails and I can't imagine doing it without at least something in at least one hand. If you don't feel like lugging them on the trip, or they get broken in baggage, just pick up a good stick when you start on the hike. But my suggestion is these.

Pros: Very lightweight. Adjutable. Great feel in your hand. Love to cork handles.

Cons: They are a little longg so they are difficult to transport in your baggage given the post 9-11 security concerns. I am alwasy worried at how to protect them in my baggage. And the twist handles sometimes are a pain.

Illiniza Notes: Love these poles. They are really light and I like the fingertip control for tightening the loops.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I still love these poles. They did however jam up on the loops so that I can't always easily control the loop length. But I don't adjust very often so it's not that big a deal.

Mt Washington 2009 Notes: I had a major problem getting these to work properly in the freezing cold. Could have been user error, but at -20 degrees on mt Washington, I don't need to be wasting time screwing around with trekking poles! It was at this point I decided to go the "clip joint" route and will never look back. I will never buy another pair of twist lock trekking poles again. Ever!

first need water filter

I went out and bought this filter because I was so impressed with it on my Ecuador trip. I had the MSR Waterworks II, which was the same micron size and filtered basically the same parasites, but the Waterworks was painfully slow. the flow rate on the first need was so much faster (it seemed to be at least 4 times as fast) that I just put my MSR in the bottom of my pack and borrowed the first need from someone else every time it was time to pump. Its a little heavier, but I think well worth it when you have to pump 12 liters of water ona 15 minute break in the trek.

Canadian Rockies Notes: At least one person in your group should definately bring a wateer filter if you are staying overnight at any of the huts. While at Stanley Mitchell, my First Need got a first rate workout, as it was the filter of choice for our entire group.

Grand Canyon Notes: We needed a filter for this trip because all of the water is from springs, and most had tadpoles in it, so there was definately a chance for parasites. I was glad to have it.

Bullfrog Sunblock

I like gel sunblock better than the normal lotion kind because I tend to sweat a lot and it lasts much longer. I also use bullfrog but couldn't find it this time around in the camping store.

Madawaska Notes: On this trip, I brought along the bullfrog sunblock, but for the most part, I barely ever used it. But I would definately lug it along in case you have that burnable skin type.

Julbo Nomads

The Julbo Nomads are my favorite shades because of how closely they wrap around my face and their low profile. What I also liked about them was that they have plastic clip on side sheilds rather than the botton on leather ones.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I forgot them in the tent on summit day! But they worked great every other day!

Madawaska Notes: I went back and forth between using shades and not. in the end, I found that what i really wanted was just somehting to stop water going in my eyes, but clear. I'll get something for next time.

Grand Canyon Notes: Even though it was really bright, I usually don't use sunglasses unless I am driving or riding my bike. On this trip, I just squinted a little the whole time! :-) But I carried them the whole way just in case I needed them.

Petzl Tikka

Since I bought the Petzl Tikka to replace my Black Diamond Gemini head lamp, I have never looked back. The Tikka is the perfect size and wieght, and it has all the functionality you really need in a head lamp.

While there is no spotlight on it, I have found that I rarely use the spotlight, so this is perfect for my needs. And when you are trying to limit the weight in your backpack, every ounce counts. I actually have 3 of these to give to my non backpacking friends when we go out together.

Why I bought it: I had the Black Diamond Gemini before this, which was great, but big and bulky and just overkill. After actually using these things, you only need a small lamp with a few lighting settings.

Madawaska Notes: You don't really need this if you are staying in the bunk house. But if you are camping, you know the drill!

Grand Canyon Notes: You have to have a head lamp on any trips in the backcountry. And since we were in a primitive area, I brought an extra as a back up. And a good thing too, because Drill Sgt left his in the car at the trailhead!

Camera and Other Toys! :-)

Canon Powershot SD 630

Film is just superior to digital when it comes to pictures..being printed! But Im not really printing them anymore! I'm throwing them up on the website.

So this is the camera I usually carry with me. It's a 6 mega pixel handheld with a limited zoom and

Why I bought it: I bought this camera because I got tired of carrying about a purse with a bunch of camera stuff. I realized that I was all about the experience of the adventure, and not the documentation of it. The photography was only secondary to the experience, so I pared down to just what I needed to take a good photo in most situations. The decision wsa the best I've made so far. A major lesson learned.

Nikon Travelite c 10 x 25

These were nice and small and realtively inexpensive. I checked out the zeiss brand in the same focal length, but couldn't swing the $300 increase in price even though they were a really nice peice of equipment. I chose the 10 x 25 because they were much less shaky than the 12 x 25's and they weren't that different in magnification.

Canadian Rockies Notes: While I didn't bring my binocs on the trip, If I could do it all over again, I would bring them along. There are a good deal of things far away that would have been interesting to see up lose. For instance, the huge elk we spotted on the way down from the trail leading from the iceline trail to Whiskey Jack Hostel.

Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch

My new toy. Still don't completely know how to work it so i will review it once I finish studying.

Food

Gatorade Packs

Gatorade is one of the best tasting electrolyte replacement drinks. I't probably not necessary when mountaineering because you are not sweating, but it can't hurt. But if you're out there in the heat, you need to replace those electrolytes.You can get them in 1 quart packages which are perfect for your nalgene liter bottles.

Mt Washington Notes: Adding gatorade to your water on a freezing cold mountain helps to keep it from freezing. It's high salt and sugar content will add at least a few degrees to your drinks max freezing temperature.

Grand Canyon Notes: You should definately bring at least one liter per day. It gets really hot in the canyon.

Pure Protein Bars Chocolate Deluxe

This is the best tasting protein bar on the market in my opinion. I always bring protien bars on my trips because it's very difficult to keep your protein levels up on trips. Most camping geared dehydrated foods are really low in protein and high in carbs, so i always bring some protein bars to supplement my dehydrated meals.

Fruit To Go Fruit Bars

Fruit bars are my favorite food. And you can get them pretty much anywhere.

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