What should I pack for my Adirondack Hike?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What should I pack for my Adirondack Hike? The answer is not as obvious as it seems. You need to ask yourself some questions first, such as where and for how long you plan your hike to be and plan accordingly.

Before you look up at a mountain, you need to look down…at your feet. Before you venture out or up, leave the flip flops and cowboy boots at home, while stylish and comfortable, they will do you no good on the trails. Wear wool or synthetic socks. Cotton absorbs moisture and the moisture can cause friction which leads to blisters. Next you should have properly broken in boots. They should be comfortable and the proper size. You can opt for trail running shoes, which is close to that of a sneaker. Whether your footwear is waterproof is a personal choice. 

Now that your feet are set, what to bring?

Water—Carry 1 liter for every two hours you are out. 

Rain jacket—Lightweight, this can also be used as a wind barrier.

Food—When determining how much to bring, estimate the length of your trip and then being a little extra. It doesn’t weigh much and getting back to the car with a little extra food is much better than being weakened by hunger five miles away.  

Dry socks and shirt—Carried in a waterproof bag.

Map and compass—Carrying them is not enough. Learn how to use them before  you go out. 

First aid kit— Bandages of all sizes, gauze, sling antiseptic, anti-bacteria ointment, compression wrap, scissors. 

Some source of light—A headlamp is preferred by many over a flashlight because it leaves your hands free. Bringing a backup headlamp with extra batteries is a good idea. Before you start to think you won’t need one because you plan on being back before nightfall, understand that anything can happen and you are much better off finding your way back with a lamp than in the dark. 

Safety kit—In a waterproof container, carry matches and lighter, tinder small candle, multi-tool, mirror, whistle, garbage bag, duct tape, emergency blanket.

Optional gear can include rain pants, bandana, sun screen, bug repellant, cell phone, camera, hat, GPS, sunglasses

Of course, the best way to relax after an Adirondack Hike is by the Campfire at Old Forge Camping Resort.