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What to pack for an Adirondack Hike

What to pack for an Adirondack Hike

What should I pack for my Adirondack Hike? The answer is not as obvious as it seems. First, you need to ask yourself some questions, 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 you wear footwear that is waterproof is a personal choice.

Picture from the top of a mountain of green pine trees amongst fall foliage and in the middle of the picture is a blue lake along the photo is fog laying in the valleys of the mountains

Now that your feet are set, what to bring?

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

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

3. 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.

4. Dry socks and shirt—Carried in a waterproof bag.

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

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

7. 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.

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

9. Optional gear can include rain pants, bandana, sunscreen, bug repellant, cell phone, camera, hat, GPS, and sunglasses

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

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