Originally Posted by Piobaire
Edit: An idea from the above posts. What does everyone hike with/what equipment do you have? List all, from tents to camp stoves knives.
Dayhike (summer) kit:
- Osprey Talon 44 pack (note: I don't recommend this pack unless you need the attachment points for ice axes, ice/rock helmet and similar climbing gear. There are cheaper packs that can perform just as well). Osprey UL pack cover keeps things dry in the rain.
- First aid kit (I forget the brand, but it's one of those fast and light ones from REI).
- Mountain Hardwear Quark shell jacket (10 ounces! Durability is a concern as mine is starting to wear through on the kidney panel. However, not many shell jackets this light have pit zips and a Napoleon pocket.)
- Marmot rain pants
- Outdoor Research base layer shirt (zipper front for ventilation). Basically equivalent to a 200 weight fleece shirt.
- Garmin Rino (GPS and radio combo unit). Sits in the GPS pouch that comes with the Osprey Talon pack.
- Platypus hydration system with bite valve cover. The latter is more valuable than you think. I can't count the times I've taken off my pack, slung it in the dirt and then realized that my bite valve is now sitting in the dust.
- Spyderco Endura or Delica folding knife. If I need to baton or chop then I'll take my Swamp Rat Howling Rat LM.
- Black Diamond Spot headlamp. Splash and spot modes, plus strobe for emergencies.
- Mountain Hardwear vented boonie hat. Keeps the sun off my neck but also has a mesh strip for ventilation. I have an Outdoor Research non-vented waterproof boonie but that only comes out during heavy rain. The MH hat does a surprisingly good job of keeping your head dry.
- Serius gloves. Not completely waterproof but they are windproof.
- Food and water. Lunch is usually a MRE entree. "Kitchen" utensils include a Brunton titanium spork and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Plastic bag to pack out the MRE retort pouch ... and to pack out the trash that others leave behind.
- Butane lighter. Zippos are windproof but the fuel evaporates over time. I had a Brunton torch lighter but those are prohibited by the FAA so I just bring a regular Bic.
- Gerber Vise micro multi-tool
- Ziploc baggie with toilet paper and a length of natural fiber twine. The twine doubles as cordage and tinder; you unravel the cord and it's a great little firestarter as it is very shapeable. I started a fire using the friction method using twine as tinder. The ziploc keeps it try.
- Black Diamond Cork Alpine Carbon hiking poles.