Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Backpacking!

I have been invited to an all girl's backpacking trip this weekend at Kings Peak in Utah! I'm going with a girl in our church and five of her friends, and it's going to be great! Here is the list of things to bring:

Individual Gear:
Headlight
Base layer (thermals)
*Lightweight jacket
Change of socks
Hiking shoes (something close toed and sturdy for the ascent)
Camp shoes (some type of sandal to let your feet air out)
Sleeping pad (thermarest)
Sleeping bag
Bowl
Spoon
*Toilet paper (biodegradable can be buried rather than packed out)
Toothbrush
Hand towel
Wash cloth
*Whistle
*Walkie talkies (If you have a set, bring both of them so we have backups when the battery dies, if you don’t have any, don’t worry about it)
*Poncho (disposable works great)
*Bear spray
*Lighter
*1 qt. Water bottle (i.e. Nalgene)
*2 qt. Camelbak bladder (on our ascent day, we will have to carry water most of the way, we won’t be able to refill anywhere.)
*Band Aids (5 or 6)
Daypack (we won’t carry our packs for the ascent, we will only carry daypacks)
*Emergency blanket
*carried in daypack
Group Gear
Tents (2 or 3 depending on how many come)
Stoves (3)
Fuel for stoves (we will split the cost of fuel)
Duct tape
Rope (to hang food from trees)
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Shovel
Striker
Collapsible water containers
Water filter (2)
Water purification drops
Toothpaste
Soap
Sanitizer
Pots (3 medium to big)
Med kit

For meals, we'll boil water for breakfast to put in oatmeal both mornings, do our own lunches, do our own snacks, and then have dinner together: Day 1: Refried beans, tortillas, string cheese Day 2: pasta roni, tuna packet

Info for hike:
Day 1: Park car by noon at base so we can get a good 5 hours of hiking in to get to the place we'll sleep and leave our big bags so we can just take our day packs up the peak.
Day 2: Hike 5 hours to peak (including a half mile of almost vertical the last bit), spend time there, hike back down to where our stuff is
Day 3: Hike 4 hours down (it'll take less to get down than it did to get up) and drive home!

Fun facts about Kings Peak:
Highest summit in Utah
26 miles of hiking (I've read 26 & 32, but 26 more often)
We'll park at 9,800 ft and climb to the summit at 13,528 ft.
There are lakes intermittently on the hike (cool!)

I've never been backpacking before and I'm REALLY excited about doing a legit backpacking trip! I've been wearing my hiking boots around a little to make sure I'm comfortable in them, and I've also been walking around with my pack a little heavier than it needs to be so when we really do go out I'll be somewhat used to it. Jordan's going to watch Porter for those 3 days, but he'll also be playing with the husband & kids who are also being left behind so I think they're going to have a blast (I think a four-wheeling trip has been discussed...)

1 comment:

The-Sauser-Family said...

I'm so jealous that you got to do this. I miss your face but I was so happy to see you!!