Outdoor Leadership Program

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Adirondack Adventure

Equipment List for Hiking and Rock Climbing Trips

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.

We recommend that you pack all these items in your backpack and another soft duffel or backpack (no hard suitcases). 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. Got it?

No cotton (except maybe t-shirts and underwear)

Trip Packing List

  • whistle - this is essential for wilderness safety
  • *Backpack (a frame pack of at least 4000 cubic inches)
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 warm fleece top (see our "Equipment List Explained" link)
  • 1 synthetic thermal long sleeve top (see our "Equipment List Explained" link)
  • 2 pr. shorts (quick drying soccer-type shorts are best)
  • 1 pr. Synthetic thermal bottoms (see our "Equipment List Explained" link)
  • 3 pr. underwear
  • 4 pr. socks (3 wool, 2 athletic nylon NO COTTON!)
  • 1 pr. high top hiking boots; leather or nylon uppers with Goretex (please contact us at aa@hamilton.edu if you would like advice on buying new boots)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (they will get wet and muddy)
  • 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 and 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 glasses or sunglasses
  • sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen (SPF 15 to 30)
  • insect repellent: small plastic bottle - no cans
  • any required medication
  • small headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • 1 carabiner (small, cheap, and from the hardware store is fine)
  • 2 large heavy duty plastic garbage bags
  • small daypack or bookbag for day-hikes
  • 30 feet of 1/4 in. nylon line (hardware store washing line is fine)
  • *2 water bottles, 1 quart/ 1 liter water each
  • *foam sleeping pad or Thermarest
  • *sleeping bag, lightweight rated to 35F (synthetic mummy bag, no cotton content)

Optional items for trip packing list

  • Doctor Bronner's soap (it's biodegradable and comes in handy small plastic bottles)
  • camera
  • very small towel
  • Silva-type compass (bring if you have)
  • fishing tackle and license (you must have a NYS fishing license to fish)
  • small musical instrument
  • stuff sacks (various sizes for gear)
  • *gaiters (required for Sewards trip, strongly recommended for Grand Traverse)
  • rain pants

* Adirondack Adventure has a small number of these items for loan.

Pre/post packing list (duffel)

  • 2 t-shirts (maybe one long sleeved as well)
  • 1 sweatshirt, fleece, or sweater
  • 1 big towel
  • 1 pr. shorts
  • 2 pr. jeans/pants
  • pajamas
  • 2 pr. underwear
  • 2 pr. socks
  • 1 pillowcase
  • toiletries (shampoo good idea, make-up not so much)
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • musical instrument (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • Crazy Creek (if you've got one)