RMC's Recommended Gear List

Be prepared and always carry a map! Visibility can decrease quickly above treeline. Photo from Francis Trudeau, 2005.HikeSafe.com's Top Ten Essentials:
For any hike, any season...

1. Map
2. Compass
3. Warm Clothing
        Sweater or Pile Jacket
        Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
        Hat (wool)
4. Extra Food and Water
5. Flashlight or Headlamp
6. Matches/Firestarters
7. First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
8. Whistle
9. Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
10. Pocket Knife

In winter, the rules change and the contents of your pack should reflect the seriousness of the venture. As with the above list, the items below are the minimum recommended.

- Overboots or super gaiter
- Rime ice collects on trail signs near Thunderstorm Junction.Mittens with windproof/waterproof overmitt
- Liner gloves
- Balaclava or face mask
- Goggles
- Chemical handwarmers or footwarmers
- Ensolite, or sleeping pad or camp chair
- Stove w/fuel
- Snow shovel
- Water bottle insulators
- Bivouac sack
- Warm insulated parka
- Insulated or fleece pants
- Wool or fleece sweater
- Extra headlamp batteries
- 50 - 100 feet of 4 millimeter cord
- Crampons
- Ice axe (or ski poles if not going above treeline)
- Snowshoes (for deep snow)
- and, of course, plenty of warm non-cotton clothing

And remember, neither quantity or quality of equipment can substitute for sound judgment, experience, and common sense.

Be sure to check out New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's HikeSafe.com web site to get more tips for safe hiking.

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