-Equipment list for backpacking tours
For example these backpacking tours (except IMG49):
Boots and clothing:
Hiking Boots –The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust. Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra.
Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer).
Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).
Trousers (2nd layer) – Strong and light material that dries quickly. Wind resistant and water repelling preferable.
Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Preferably waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents).
Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester).
Mittens – Wool or synthetic (optionally waterproof). Two pairs if no Liner Gloves.
Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs for thermal and blister prevention.
Hat or Balaclava – Wool or synthetic.
Backpack – (woman size: 50-60 litres - man size: 60-75 litres).
River shoes – Old pair of light sneakers do nicely to ford the rivers. Open sandals are not sufficient for the purpose. Optional are neoprene sock for higher comfort.
Sleeping bag – Down or fibre. Aim for light weight and warm bags. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags.
Insulation mattress – A foam mattress (11 mm) will do, but newer light weight airmattresses insulate as well and are more comfortable.
Towel – A light weight and packable one.
Sunglasses – Big enough to cover the eyes and with sufficient UV-protection.
Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
Water container – f.ex. plastic bottle (pet plastic).
Gaiters – Calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots.
Neoprene socks – A preferable item on trips where we have to cross many rivers.
Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.
Thermal mat (for lunch breakes).