Unless specified, all the gear listed here is essential and required. In remote settings, your safety and comfort depend on being properly equipped. We must insist that you bring everything on the list, whether you're a first time camper or an old hand.
If you have any questions about anything on this list, please don't hesitate to phone Andrew Jillings or one of the interns at 315-859-4272.
If your trip name ends in 'backpack' then you should pack everything in a backpack, if it ends in 'canoe' then you can pack it in anything as we will lend you a drybag for the start of your trip. The packing arrangements can seem overly complex, but don't get discouraged!
When you arrive you can move all your worldly goods for the entire year into your permanent room. You will stay there for Friday and Saturday nights prior to your trip, and after you get back.
The trip list gear goes in your backpack and the pre/post list gear in your duffel. The backpack goes with you (obviously) and the duffel gets sent ahead to meet you at your ropes course site (see detailed schedule). Got it?
__ *Frame backpack (at least 4000 cubic inches) ONLY if you're on a 'hiking first' trip. If on a 'canoe first' trip, a duffel is fine
__ Whistle - this is essential for wilderness safety
__ 2 T-shirts
__ 1 warm fleece top (see our website for an explanation)
__ 1 synthetic thermal long sleeve top (see the 'equipment list explained' section to learn more)
__ 1 synthetic thermal bottoms (see the 'equipment list explained' section to learn more)
__ 2 pr. Shorts (quick drying soccer-type shorts are best)
__ 3 pr. Underwear
__ 4 pr. Socks (2 wool, 2 athletic nylon No cotton!)
__ 1 pr. Leather (or nylon with Goretex) high top hiking boots
__ 1 pr. Sneakers (they will get wet and muddy).
__ 1 pr. Sport sandals with heel strap (cheap, no flip-flops!)
__ 1 bathing suit
__ *Rain jacket, no ponchos
__ 1-2 bandanas
__ 1 lightweight brimmed hat (baseball hats work)
__ 1 wool or fleece hat (like for skiing, etc.)
__ Toiletries (toothbrush & paste, contact solution, tampons, etc.) Keep it small! No glass.
__ Fork or spoon
__ Plastic bowl and insulated mug.
__ Pocket knife (Swiss army or Leatherman-type)
__ Lighter or waterproof matches
__ Extra glasses or extra contacts
__ Safety strap for prescription or sunglasses
__ Sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen (SPF 15 to 30)
__ Insect repellent; small plastic bottle-no cans
__ Any required medication(s)
__ Small headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
__ 1 Carabiner (small, cheap and from the hardware store is fine)
__ *2 quart sized/1 liter water bottles
__ *Foam sleeping pad or Thermarest
__ *Sleeping bag, lightweight rated to 35F (synthetic mummy bags, no cotton content)
__ 2 large heavy-duty plastic garbage bags
__ Doctor Bronner's soap (it's biodegradable and comes in handy small plastic bottles)
__ Camera, film
__ Very small towel
__ Silva type compass (bring it if you have it)
__ Small musical instrument
__ Stuff sacks (various sizes for gear)
__ Rain pants
__ 2 t-shirts (maybe one long-sleeved as well)
__ 1 sweatshirt, fleece, or sweater
__ 1 pr. Shorts
__ 2 pr. Jeans/pants
__ 2 pr. Underwear
__ 2 pr. Socks
__ 1 big towel
__ 1 pillowcase
__ 1 pair sneakers
__ Musical instrument (optional but strongly encouraged)
__ Crazy Creek (if you've got one)
*Adirondack Adventure has a small number of these items for loan.