- A folding bow saw. This was truly indispensable for cutting green wood. Even the dead stuff was soaked pretty good.
- Sleeping pad. The bottom of the tent was freezing & damp, I think a water resistant sleeping pad would have made a huge difference. A synthetic rather than down sleeping bag would have been a much wiser choice when you know the rain is coming. Synthetic keeps you warm when wet, down although lighter is useless when soaked.
- Fire starter. Cotton balls covered in Vasoline is a great homemade solution - thanks Antonio.
- A tarp. Having a communal shelter over the fire made a huge difference. 4 people hanging out in a 2.5 person tent for 5 hours would have been brutal if not impossible.
- A little more water. I ran out on the hike back, my 3 liters should have been 4.
- Gloves. Cold & rain is tough on the digits.
- Waterproof matches for obvious reasons.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Bear Mountain Hike
What I didn't bring and learned I needed. We had a very wet & cold overnight hike at bear Mountain this weekend. Being my first event of this type I was a little under prepared. Thankfully Antonio and Brownie had enough foresight to bring the following.