Smokies E Equipment and Outfitting for backpacking Slide 2
Importance of Equipment The need for proper equip. isnt based on
extremes in climate. Rather, the smokies are an area of extreme
changeability in both precipitation and temperature. It can be 70
today and 20 tomorrow night. Snow can fall as early as Oct. or as
late as May. Elevation gain adds to this fact. Also, the humidity
is always high. Slide 3 Raingear Rainsuits are a must and should be
breathable. They also make an excellent outer layer for cold and
wind. Red Ledge is reported to be an excellent brand. Slide 4 Slide
5 Footwear/Boots Hiking boots are rated by load capacity and
support. A light pair is made for dayhikes/light loading. A
midweight is a good overall pack boot. Heavyweights are for extreme
support or loads. Reputable brands include saloman, merrell,
scarpa, asolo, and raichle. Slide 6 Slide 7 Clothing-less is more
Clothing should be layered and NEVER cotton( not even underwear).
Coolmax is preferred for briefs, liner socks, and T- shirts. Trail
pants and shirt are excellent. A light layer of fleece and/or thin
longjohns are also good. Slide 8 Slide 9 Socks and accessories
Socks are of paramount importance. A minimum of 3 pairs will
include liners, hikers, and an insulated pair (boots are rarely
insulated). Extra items such as hat and gloves can be necessary.
Compression stuff sacks are great for packing bulky clothing. Slide
10 Backpacks Packs can be external frame or internal frame
(preferred). They are measured in cubic inches (3,800+) & by
torso length. There are various features including hydration
bladders. Look for capacity, comfort, & cost. Some brands are
Kelty, Mountainsmith, Jansport, and Gregory. Slide 11 internal
Frame Slide 12 External Frame Slide 13 Sleeping Lightweight bags
can be down or synthetic (preferred) & are rated by temperature
(20). Brands are Kelty, Slumberjack, Marmot, Coleman, North Face,
REI, & Campmor. A thermarest mattress adds comfort &
insulation. Also a pillow or a sack stuffed with clothes. Slide 14
Slide 15 Tents/Shelter Tents are rated on season, either 3 or 4.
The best are aluminum framed, double walled, and free standing.
Attributes include strength, weight, and room (a tent can be 2 not
3). Other features include vestibule size, # of doors, set up,
& cost. Brands include Kelty, Eureka, Sierra Designs, North
Face, MSR, & Big Agnes. Sized by person & sq. feet. Slide
16 Hot Deals Slide 17 Slide 18 Stoves Stove features are cost, ease
of use, compactness, fuel, & simmering. Some have an external
tank. Always take extra fuel because fuel is life. Some brands are
Coleman, Snowpeak, & MSR. Slide 19 Slide 20 Cookware Your
cookware can be simple with the addition of 1 large teapot/kettle.
There are cooking utensils & eating utensils. An insulated mug
is great. Slide 21 Slide 22 Lights There are 2 types of headlights
with an LED being advantageous in regards to size, battery life,
& less interference with night vision. A candle lantern is a
good idea. Slide 23 Slide 24 Water Purification is best done with a
filter. Look at speed, cost, filter life, & ease of operation.
Use nalgene bottles(2), cantenes, or a bladder to store water.
Boiling & tablets are alternatives. Brands are Katadyn &
MSR. Slide 25 Slide 26 Miscellaneous 1 st Aid, Matches, Personals,
Trowel, TP, Soap, Toothbrush, Trekking poles, Watch, Compass, Map,
Fire starter, Knife, Sunglasses, insect repellant, sunscreen,?
Slide 27 Slide 28 Food MRE, Dehydrated Backpackers Gourmet, One pot
noodle/rice meals with packaged meat, oatmeal, trail mix, smoked
sausage, jerky, cheese, pita bread, chips, etc.. Look at cost,
bulk, & palatability. Slide 29 Slide 30 Other Manufacturers
REI-tents, clothes, packs Boots-Hi-tec, Vasque, Columbia
Packs/clothes-Lowe Alpine Slide 31 Retailers REI.com, Campmor.com,
mountainsports.com, sierratradingpost.com, others