you plan to stay with us in the woods or camp sites overnight, you'll
need to do a little more planning. Here is a basic gear list compiled
by the Madeira
a good boot is the perfect balance between comfort and protection,
heavy enough to provide ankle support and a barrier against rough
terrain but light enough that it won't weigh you down. A good fit
is paramount, and breaking in prior to a trip is equally important.
Spend time choosing your boots. It's worth the effort.
wool or synthetic hiking socks-in summer, lightweight wool or synthetic
blends will keep your feet cooler and less likely to blister than
liners to prevent blisters
to prevent dirt and stones from getting in your boots
( can be provided by the Madeira Camping
You can bring a lightweight stove and fuel. Don't always count on
cooking over a campfire.
serving, cooking utensils and potholder
filter or purification tablets.
No matter how clear the water looks, don't trust it.
Waterborne micro-organisms can wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal
- 2 -
5 litre water carrier for getting water from a water source to your
more than you think you'll need
stuff sack and 15m of utility cord for bear bagging
and sun hat
or headlamp (extra batteries)
- A framepack
internal or external frame depending on the terrain you plan to cross.
As a rule, try not to carry more than one-third of your body weight.
right clothing for the best and worst-case weather conditions
dry-rain jacket and pants
warm-long underwear and warm layers appropriate to the season. Synthetic
fleece provides the best warmth-to-weight ratio. Leave the cotton
at home. Once wet, cotton offers no warmth.
A GOOD NIGHT'S REST
a tent with sealed seams and a rainfly complete with all poles, stakes
- A ground
cloth to keep you dry and protect your tent floor
- A sleeping
bag with adequate temperature rating and stuff sack.
- A sleeping
pad to protect you from the cold, hard ground
YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY
to prevent "hot spots" from turning into blisters
- A latrine
moccasins or sandals
- A candle
- A whistle
Visit the Madeira
Shopping Site for some books that might be of help
bags for trash or use as a pack cover or emergency poncho or shelter
cards for rainy evenings