|Posted on August 27, 2015 at 12:40 AM|
Hell Hike And Raft 2015 Part One: Backpacking Gear
There is so much to tell of Hell Hike And Raft 2015 it’s difficult to know where to start the telling. I’ve decided I would start from the very beginning.
Much of your backpacking gear will be universal to all and some of it you will happen to stumble upon, to then consider a must have. If you find yourself wondering what items fall into which category maybe my article will help and then again, maybe it won’t.
I spent quite a bit of time assessing backpacking gear months in advance of HHAR 2015 but I really hadn’t talked too much about it.
The predicted weather, rugged terrain, personal comfort, divided by the precise weight of every item was the thought process I utilized in packing for my 3 days of backcountry backpacking in the state of Idaho with America’s Rafting Company as part of the Epic Social Adventures crew of 2015.
Now that I’ve returned from 5 unforgettable days in the backcountry of Idaho, I can tell you exactly what I took and what worked for traversing the Seven Devils Mountain Range.
Granite Gear 36” Packable Wheeled Duffle(carried EVERYTHING)
Teton Sports Escape4300 Backpack
Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 2 Tent
Teton Sports Leef +20 Sleeping Bag
WFS Ultra Lite Air Mattress with Foot Pump
Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles
Granite Gear Compression Sack
Granite Gear Stuff Sack
PrAna Women’s Monarch Convertible Pants
Woolx Women’s ¼ Zip Midweight Top
Woolx Women’s Full Length Leggings
Woolx Women’s MIA Tee
Sturdy Girl Sports Las Vegas Tank Bra
Sturdy Girl Sports Bra
SmartWool Unmentionables (2pair)
Ausangate Mid Calf Hiking Socks (2pair)
Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Boots
Columbia® Bora Bora Wide Brim Hat
Temperatures were incredibly kind - never needed (but always had)
Sponsored Brand, Rocky S2V Convertible Pants.
(2) 1L collapsible water bottles to pair w/
PURINIZE Water Purifier Solution & SAWYER Mini Water Filter
(I also brought a 2L hydration reservoir that I kept full and stored in the included pouch within my backpack. At each refill my drinking water was clean and bacteria free with very little added weight beyond the water itself.
Action Wipes, HikeGoo and ProBar were entirely new Brands for me before this trip and each one performed pristinely under scrutinized pressure.
ProBar Meal Bars
ProBar Bolt Energy Chews
Hygiene Kit (Mini Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, suncreen, travel size deodorant) (Action Wipes, toilet paper, Ziploc®, hand sanitizer, biodegradable all-purpose camp soap)
Extra Set of Contact Lenses
Spare Eye Glasses
First Aid Kit: Blister Band-Aids (I recommend 4-a-day for each day of backpacking), over-the-counter pain medicine, A+D ointment, trash bags (2), lighter, sunscreen, elastic wrap bandage, emergency blanket and extra Ziploc® bags in multiple sizes.
All First AId Kit items should be kept in a waterproof bag.
Lightweight Camp Lantern
(Extra Batteries For Both)
Sea to Summit XL bowl
Light My Fire Spork
GSI 17oz mug
GoPro + Extra Battery
Alite Monarch Camp Chair
Journal + Pen
Want to know my biggest mistake of the trip? I didn’t bring camp shoes.
BRING CAMP SHOES
Any lightweight sandal or flip-flop that will allow your feet to dry-out from a full day of backpacking in boots work perfectly.
This is not a Product Spotlight for the Sponsored items of Hell Hike And Raft 2015. I use the chosen brand names under my personal authority. Furthermore this article is a replication of what I packed and is only created as a tool to help partly prepare for a backpacking trip. We do not take any responsibility for you or any persons accompanying you. As with any outdoor activity you need to plan properly and adhere to all National, State and City ordinances.
Hell Hike And Raft 2015 was a guided trip by, America’s Rafting Company, taken place in August and I wasn’t to bring morning or evening meals, or cookware. Additionally, this list could be considered an overkill for such trips, but we here at Mountain Matron stand by the Boy Scout Motto, Always Be Prepared.
As always, practice the Leave No Trace ethics of the outdoors.
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