Alpine Backpacking

Alpine Backpacking Checklist

Item
Priority
 Check
Shelter
Tent, Poles, Pegs  Group Item
1
  
Ground Sheet  
1
  
Sleeping Bag
1
 
Sleeping Pad
1
  
Pack
1
  
Day/Fanny Pack for day hikes (can be stripped down pack; keep small)
2
 
Kitchen Equipment
Stove (club supplies)  Group Item
1
 
Propane (members supply) or Gas (club supplies) 
1
 
Pot Set/Mess Kit
1
 
Spatula Optional Item  
3
  
Fry Pan Optional Item  
3
  
Aluminum Foil (Several uses)
2
  
Mesh Bag/Tea Towel  
1
  
Dish Soap  
2
  
Scouring Pad (Small)  
1
  
Dish Cloth/J-Cloth  
1
  
Water Bottles w 2L H2O
1
  
Wide-mouth Water Bottle for soaking dehydrated food
2
  
Water Filter/Pills (Leaders will bring filters) Optional Item  
1
  
Insulated Mug
1
  
Bowl (if not part of mess kit; mug can do double duty for minimalists)
1
  
Fork & Spoon (Fork Optional)
1
  
Small Garden Spade  
1
  
Camera & Lots of Film
1
  
Large Garbage Bags (Extras for, pack cover, dirty clothing)
1
  
Extra Ziploc Bags
1
  
Group Accessories & Kits 
Stuffsack(s) for hanging food (needs to be waterproof)  
1
  
30-40 ft. Rope/cord for hanging food (must withstand 30+ lbs.) 
1
  
Pepper Spray (leaders will look after bringing)
1
  
Toilet Paper  
1
  
Tooth Paste & Floss (Look for small travel sizes) 
2
 
Medicine/First Aid Kit
(May be shared unless noted)
Sunscreen (Must have and use! Personal item)
1
  
Lip Balm with UV protection (personal item)
1
  
Insect Repellent
1
  
Ibuprofen or Aspirin (Tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory)
1
 
Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer
1
 
Moleskin/Compeed (Must have!)
1
  
Bandaids (Assortment)
1
  
Small Roll Adhesive Tape
1
  
Small Scissors (to cut moleskin; can use knife)
2
  
Fingernail/toenail Clipper
2
  
Tweezers
2
  
Afterbite and/or Antihistamine Cream
 
  
Antiseptic First Aid Cream
 
  
Wet wipes/Alcohol wipes
2
  
 
 
  
 
AR
  
  
   
Repair Kit
25-50 Feet Light Rope/Twine   
1
 
Extra Flashlight Batteries
 
 
Safety Pins
 
  
Extra Boot Lace 
 
  
Extra Compression Straps (for lashing on grungy gear, …)
 
  
Extra Strap Buckles
 
  
Extra Clevis Pins & Rings (external frame owners only)
 
  
Large Needle & Heavy Thread (in a rigid container)
 
  
Swiss Army Knife/Multitool (quality counts here)
2
  
Extra Tent Pegs (Club tents will have these) 
1
  
Duct Tape (can wrap around pencil or other object)
2
  
Emergency Kit
Small Knife, preferably with locking blade (omit if you included a Swiss Army Knife in repair kit)
 
  
Whistle
 
  
Matches in sealed cont.
 
  
Flashlight (AA Batteries)
1
  
Compass (Senior members should consider having one)
2
 
Topographic/Trail Map in Ziploc (Be sure to bring)
 
 
Fun and Games 
Frisbee Optional Item
 
  
Travel Games, Cards Optional Item
 
  
Books/Magazines Optional Item
3
  
Journal 
 2
 
Clothing (Includes what you wear)
2 - Pair Inner Socks (Thin synthetic socks; reduce friction and keep moisture away from your foot)
2
 
3 - Pair Outer Socks (Wool, synthetic, or blend; Not cotton!)
1
  
1 - Pair Preferred Item Hiking Boots/Shoes (sturdy, preferably with ankle support)
1
  
1 - Pair Light Camp Shoes/sandals (All  creek crossings on this trip have bridges)
2
  
2 – Underwear (Some argue that this is not enough :-)
1
  
1 – Underwear Top (Preferably synthetic – available at Midfield)
1
  
1 - Long Underwear (preferably synthetic – available at Midfield)
1
  
1/2 - Pair Shorts
These two items may be covered by one or two pair of nylon (not cotton) zip-off pants.
1
  
1 - Wind Pants
1
  
2 - T Shirts
1
  
1 - Sweater/Sweatshirt/Long Sleeve Shirt
2
  
1 - Shell/Windbreaker
1
  
1 - Bunnyhug / Preferred Item Polar Fleece Jacket
1
  
1 - Set Raingear (Must Have! No Ponchos! Must withstand hiking)
1
  
1 - Pair Mini-gloves/light gloves
1
  
1 - Pair Warmer Gloves/Mitts (mornings will be cool/cold)
2
  
1 - Headband/Toque/Warm Hat (ditto, also useful in sleeping bag)
 
  
1 - Brimmed Hat Summer Item
1
  
1/2 Handkerchiefs/Bandanas (wet to cool off, strain water … many uses)
2
  
1 - Pair Sunglasses
1
  
1/2 - Walking Stick/Staff (Highly Recommended!)
2
  
Personal Toiletries
Comb
2
  
Glasses Case/Contact Lens Solution (find small, travel size, if possible)
AR
  
Toothbrush
2
  
Wash Cloth and Small Towel
1
  
Travel Bag
(This will be left on the bus/vehicle for when we emerge from the backcountry)
1 Clean change of clothes for road home
 
 
Soap & shampoo
 
 
Wash cloth & towel (this can be a real towel!)
 
 
Razor & shaving lotion
 
 
Comb, toothbrush, paste (if not in pack)
 
 
3 loonies (1 or 2 should do, but just in case)
 
 
Room for clothes worn on the bus on the way up (If you plan to change)
 
  
Money for junk food/shopping
 
  
Non-perishable Snacks to tide you over till late lunch in Calgary on Friday.
 
  
 Food
Money for Road Meals
 
 
2 lunches
 
  
1 supper
 
 
Meals inside of pack
 
 
4 Breakfasts (Make some no-cook for early-morning startups)
   
3 Lunches (all 3 on the trail)
   
4 Suppers
   
1 or 2 “Emergency” meals (something simple, possibly no-cook)
   
Other
   
Jerky
   
Trail Mix
   
Dried Fruit
   
Other Snacks
 
 
Spices/condiments
 
 
Margarine, milk powder, ...
   
Fuel
   
Enough for 4.5  days in backcountry (2 canisters?) 
   
Fishing Gear  Optional Item
3
 
Keep this light and simple. Make sure hooks are well protected. 

 
Legend
Usage Symbols
Priority
Optional Item Optional Item 1 Essential Item
Summer Item Summer Item 2 Desirable Item
Winter Item Winter Item 3 Totally Optional Item
Preferred Item Preferred Item AR As Required
Group Item Group Item NR Not Required