TRAINING & PREPARATION:
“Test” hikes: As the trip approaches, we will plan a number of local hikes to enhance fitness and boost confidence.
If you do not own some items, we encourage you to borrow the needed equipment as much as possible. We will try and make a list of gear available to borrow to keep costs down as much as possible. Please don’t allow cost to be a hindrance from attending. Talk to Bruce or Mike and we will try and help with gear as much as possible.
Your backpack has a maximum weight of 40lbs. TOTAL – including water, sleeping bag, tent, clothing, etc.
Ensure that you start with approximately 2 liters of water for the first day.
WE will provide all other food and drinks on the trail.
You will carry your backpack with you throughout the week, which includes 90 km of hiking.
Documents (waterproof packed)
ID / driver’s license
CareCard & Private Health Insurance card/documents
I.C.E. (in case of emergency) – Info and phone numbers for your emergency contact
Shoes for camp
Full Ankle Hiking boots (Waterproof treated or Gore tex. “Broken into” boots, not new)
Backpack (minimum 55+ litre)
Waterproof cover (garbage bag, or bona fide backpack cover)
Pants for hiking *NO COTTON OR JEANS*
Long sleeve shirt (or light wool top) and short sleeve shirt
Long underwear/thermal layer
Rain and windproof jacket and pants
Gloves, hat, toque, and sunglasses
Wool socks x3
Sleeping bag (-10C or better recommended)
Waterproof bag / stuff sack (may use garbage bag) for sleeping bag
Tent / Hammock/ Bivy (Please check with others to arrange for sharing of tents. We recommend one tent per 2-3 persons)
Cooking and Food
We will provide all food. If you have a medically restricted diet, please contact us to make appropriate arrangements.
Hikers are responsible to each bring:
2 Liters of water. (1 liter bottles x2, or CamelBak/Hydration pack)
Aluminum or stainless cup/mug (must be able to boil water in it)
Fork, spoon, knife (or spork)
Hygiene and Care
Toiletries (Wilderness/environmentally friendly only)
Blister patch / Moleskin
Aspirin / Ibuprofen / Imodium
Vaseline (Lip balm), Talcum powder
Flashlight (headlamp style recommended)
Bible (water proof packed – ie. in Ziploc plastic bag)
Small pad of paper and pen
Hiking poles (recommended)
Bear spray (recommended)
You also need to pack a SEPARATE dry bag. This bag should include a FULL and WARM change of clothes and will be left on the bus. We will be met after our final night of camping, and the dry bag will be your clothing for the ride home.