As we prepare for next Summer’s High Adventure trip to Colorado we thought you could use some assistance regarding the type of gear and equipment you will need to make for an enjoyable experience. Backpacking is an adventure that blends hiking with backcountry camping. It lets you broaden your horizons beyond car camping or the typical weekend excursion to enjoy a richer, more immersive outdoor experience.
A key distinction from day hiking is the size of your pack—your backpack (and you) must carry all of life’s essentials on your back. And you must choose those essentials with care.
To help you with your choices, we have created a PDF presentation attached here that describes in detail what you will need to bring (and in some cases NOT bring) with you on the backpacking portion of our trip.
Please remember that this guide ONLY ADDRESSES THE BACKPACKING PORTION of our trip next Summer. This is the stuff you will need to have with you on the trail. For base camp, when we are not backpacking, you can bring anything you want as long as it conforms to the overall weight limits set by the airline for your checked baggage. You will be allowed two checked bags, each with a weight limit of 50 lbs.
Other places to look:
Use local retailers:
- Try on boots, get fitted for a pack, inspect the equipment, check on weight.
- But don’t buy anything yet. Write it down, go online to look for a better deal.
- You may not always get a better deal online, but it doesn’t hurt to look.