recommendations may help you to enjoy an outing . Remember in most cases you
will be at a higher elevation than your body is used to and you will be on
For Day Hikes
Shoes - Bring comfortable shoes or boots with ankle
support. It is also suggested they be water resistant. If you are also going to cross steams, you
may want to bring along tennis shoes. Also bring spare shoes or sandals for the ride home. You don't
want to get the driver's car dirty with your muddy boots!
Pants- Long trousers are usually best to avoid sunburn,
scratches and poison oak. If the hike includes a stop at a lake a fast drying swim suit along with a
towel is suggested.
Shirt- A fast drying shirt with long sleeves is
best to prevent sunburn, scratches and poison oak.
Head- You need a cap or hat. This protects you
against sun and glare and a possible thunder shower. By all means bring dark glasses, chapstick,
sunblock and insect repellant. In your day pack bring at least a quart of water to drink, your
lunch, a non-breakable cup, light waterproof jacket and a small flashlight. You cannot drink
water from stream or lakes anymore!
For Overnight Hikes
All of the above should be included plus:
Back Pack and Gear- Your pack should have a frame to
support your sleeping bag, overnight gear, a change of clothes, a warm jacket, cooking and eating
utensils and food. Also include toilet paper and plastic bags to carry out your trash. Be sure to
coordinate cooking utensils and food with your outings leader before the trip.
For Gorge Scrambles
You will need an air floation device, waterproof
pack, and water moccasins or tennis shoes, towel and a change of clothes. Definitely bring
sunblock and chapstick. Contact your outing leader concerning a helmet to protect your head. To
learn more about this sport visit the
scrambling web page.