Geog 312 Marble Mountains Backpacking
Field Trip check list
- Frame Backpack that fits you and is large enough to carry your gear plus shared items.
- raincover for backpack (a garbage bag will work)
- sleeping bag (nights may be subfreezing) in waterproof stuff sack.
- sleeping pad
- tent with rainfly and groundsheet
(or share) Not Optional -- you must have room available in a tent!
- cooking gear (or share):
- backpacking stove with fuel
- pots and utensils appropriate
for food choice
- coffee pot for heating water
- matches in waterproof container
- food bag (can be a stuff sack)
& rope for tying food up out of bear reach.
- eating utensils: fork, spoon,
knife, plate, cup (everyone should have their own)
- pocket knife
- toiletries and medicines
- toilet paper
- small towel
- rain gear -- important!
- warm jacket, gloves and pile
or wool cap
- wool or polypropylene underwear
(for cave trip and/or cold weather use; cave air temperature in the high
- extra change of dry clothes
- bandanna or handkerchief
- water purifier (if you have
Day Hike gear:
- day pack
- water bottle or camelback (2 liters recommended)
- comfortable, sturdy walking shoes will take abuse, with appropriate socks
- moleskin, "second skin" or other blister prevention
- layered clothing
- windbreaker, parka, or rain parka
- relevant literature
- compass (optional)
- map (optional)
- camera (optional)
- rugged camera case (if you want to take it through the cave)
- notepad with pencil
- hat (for sun or rain)
Food (for a 4-day trip, with
- 3 breakfast (something instant,
like instant oatmeal, that only needs hot water)
- 3 lunches (carryable)
- 2 dinner (in groups)
- fruit, bars, nuts, etc. for
- instant beverages (e.g. cocoa,
coffee, etc.) --
- No canned or bottled things!
Special Gear (for caving)
- Helmet (preferably climbing type).
We have some available for checkout.
- Two head lamps, with batteries & spare bulbs if possible
- gloves (leather or heavy rubber)
- kneepads (for crawling) -- highly
- rugged pants and blue-jean-type jacket, or coveralls. Ideal is something water resistant like nylon. Good supplier is KarstSports. Basically you need something that isn't
going to tear easily and that you don't mind getting muddy.
- small pack if you want to carry food through the cave, or if you need room for a flashlight, batteries, etc. Best is a small one with a shoulder strap that will fit under one arm, to make it easier to get through tight spots.
- flashlight with two sets of batteries & spare bulb; AA-type works well on neck lanyard.
- Pack light!!! Think about what you're bringing. But don't forget anything you might need-- there are no stores in the Wilderness.
- You should make sure everything will fit, including room for research gear and shared items with your food group or shared tents.
- Have your pack ready to go when we get there -- we'll hit the trail right away.
- Caving will involve simple rock climbing, crawling, and about 50' of belly crawling. If this bothers you,
this trip is not for you.