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WHAT TO BRING

 

 

Different activities require different gear. But there are a few items outdoor adventurers should have on hand whether they're planning a day hike or an assault on K2. Always start with The Big Seven.

 The Big Seven

1. Map and compass
2. Water or water treatment kit
3. Extra food
4. Extra clothing
5. First aid kit
6. Knife
7. Matches and firestarter

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If 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 Camping Service:

FOR YOUR FEET

  • Boots
    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.
  • Lightweight wool or synthetic hiking socks-in summer, lightweight wool or synthetic blends will keep your feet cooler and less likely to blister than cotton socks
  • Sock liners to prevent blisters
  • Extra socks
  • Gaiters to prevent dirt and stones from getting in your boots

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FOR YOUR STOMACH

  • Camp stove
    ( can be provided by the Madeira Camping Service )
    You can bring a lightweight stove and fuel. Don't always count on cooking over a campfire.
  • Pots and pans
  • Eating, serving, cooking utensils and potholder
  • Sponge for cleanup
  • Mug and bowl
  • Spice kit
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Water bottles
  • Water filter or purification tablets.
    No matter how clear the water looks, don't trust it.
    Waterborne micro-organisms can wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system.
  • 2 - 5 litre water carrier for getting water from a water source to your campsite
  • Food
    Take more than you think you'll need
  • Large stuff sack and 15m of utility cord for bear bagging

 

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FOR YOUR EYES

  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)

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FOR YOUR BACK

  • 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.

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FOR YOUR BODY

  • The right clothing for the best and worst-case weather conditions
  • Keeping dry-rain jacket and pants
  • Keeping 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.
  • Extra clothing

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FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S REST

  • Shelter
    a tent with sealed seams and a rainfly complete with all poles, stakes and cord
  • 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

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FOR YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY

  • Moleskin to prevent "hot spots" from turning into blisters
  • Hand towel
  • Toilet paper
  • A latrine shovel
  • Toiletries
  • Camp footwear
    moccasins or sandals
  • Insect repellent
  • A candle lantern
  • A whistle
  • Sunscreen
  • Field books/hiking guides/maps
    Visit the Madeira Shopping Site for some books that might be of help

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MISCELLANEOUS

  • Zip-lock baggies
  • Trash bags for trash or use as a pack cover or emergency poncho or shelter
  • Camera and film
  • Watch
  • Binoculars
  • Journal and pencil
  • Bandanna
  • Playing cards for rainy evenings

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Towards the higher altitudes of Madeira it is recommended you bring warm clothing.