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What to Pack…

Everyone brings different equipment when they head into the Sierra Wilderness. Your experience level and the type of trip you’re planning will play a huge role in determining what gear you bring, but here are some basics to consider when packing for any overnight wilderness trip in the Sierra.

  • Hiking Boots – Should be broken-in and waterproofed.
  • Rain Jacket and Pants
  • Wool or Fleece Pants
  • Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater
  • Wool socks
  • Liner socks (if you like liners)
  • Underwear and T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Wool or Fleece Cap
  • Lightweight Hat with Brim
  • Bandanna
  • Backpack
  • Map of your route and a compass (and the ability to read both)
  • Appropriate food for your trip, plus some extra
  • Bear Canister allowed for use in the area you’re visiting
  • Sleeping Bag and Waterproof Stuff sack
  • Tent or tarp with ground cloth
  • Sleeping Pad
  • First-aid Kit – Don’t forget moleskin
  • Stove, cook-kit, and fuel
  • Matches or lighter
  • Lightweight Eating Gear – Cup, bowl, spoon.
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Garbage Bags
  • Water Bottle
  • Collapsable water container for camp
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Chapstick and Sun Screen
  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag
  • Trowel for digging cat holes (for human waste)
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush/paste, personal medications
  • Repair Kit
  • Decent sunglasses
  • Duct tape
  • Maybe some more duct tape
Other Ideas:
  • Sandals or camp shoes
  • Journal and pen/pencil
  • Fishing Gear with a fishing permit
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

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