« Waterproof Rain parka or
Poncho: Rain gear is very important in the Adirondacks.
Thunderstorms appear out of nowhere and thoroughly drench all exposed.
These storms are usually followed by strong, cold winds. A wet body exposed
to such wind chilled temperatures may become hypothermic.
« For canoe trips:
Shoes, sneakers or sport sandals (e.g. tevas) that can get wet (to be worn
in the canoe) and shoes or sneakers that must stay dry (to be worn in the
campsite). It takes a long time for wet sneakers to dry out. Walking
around in a campsite in cold, wet shoes is miserable.
« For backpacking trips:
Good, sturdy hiking boots with ample ankle support will protect ankles from
the rigors of Adirondack trails. When boots get wet or muddy, a pair of
light sandals or sneakers, kept dry in the pack, are comfortable in the
campsite. Wool or "Thorlo" type blend socks will prevent blisters.
« Long pants: To keep
the skeeters off at night, for unusually cold mornings, and for hiking
through prickly vegetation, long pants are a must!
« Scout wool Jac Shirt,
warm parka or sweater: preferable with long sleeves, such a garment
is important for chilly evenings and early mornings, and for retaining body
heat after a cold rain.
Cotton should, if possible, be avoided. Cotton T-shirts and underwear
are okay. However, cotton blue jeans, sweatshirts and jackets are
dangerous. Cotton absorbs water and takes a long time to dry out. A
sweatshirt or pair of jeans soaked by a sudden rain makes the body over two
hundred times colder than it would be in dry clothes. Wool, polyester and
other nylon materials are strongly recommended. Scout pants are very good
for trekking. The cotton-poly blend provides a durable, quick drying
combination almost ideal for the outdoors.
backpacks claim to be waterproof, water always finds a way into the tightest
pack. Clothes should be packed in plastic bags. The heavy Zip-lock freezer
bags are the easiest and most compact.
Sleeping bag: Sleeping bag stuff sacks, though advertised as
waterproofed, should be lined with a plastic garbage bag, especially if you
are stuffing a down bag. Down gets wet and stays wet, for a long time. It
is impossible to get a good night's sleep in a wet down sleeping bag, and
rest is very important on the trail.
« Sleeping pad: A
sleeping pad makes sleeping much more comfortable and insulates the body
against the cold ground.
Soup bowl and spoon: Enough to eat the average trail meal.
Complex mess kits with multiple plates, bowls and utensils are good for
in-camp use, but add unnecessary weight when on trail.
« Bar of soap: Wet
soap has a tendency to get all over everything in a pack. Pack it in a
« Toothbrush & toothpaste:
One or two small tubes of toothpaste may be shared by an entire patrol.
Bandannas are lightweight, quick drying items that may be used as towels for
swimming or bathing.
Sitting in a canoe for several hours at a stretch on a nice day exposes you
to a lot of sun. Again, one or two tubes of sunscreen may be shared by an
« A small flashlight with
new batteries: Great big mag lights are heavy and unnecessary. A
small, pocket sized light is sufficient light to get around a campsite at
The list is suggested
personal gear, proposed so that the individual Scout will remember those
items that will keep him comfortable. Group equipment, such as tents, tarps
and cooking gear should not be forgotten. Quantity, packing and use of such
group gear should be at the discretion of the voyageur and the Unit Leaders.
important, never forget your toilet paper!!!!!!