Hiking Preparations 😱
1 week before: Pre-climb/itineraries. 🏔
- When to leave/meeting place, expected costs, options re: going to the jump-off point.
- Required permits for the climb.
- Confirm assignments: who’s the team leader, assistant leader/sweeper, medic.
- Get contact details/person to contact in case of emergency for all hikers.
- Get a contact person in Manila or wherever you are where you can send climb updates to.
- Required clothing/tools (cold wear, gloves, trekking poles).
Get hike details.
- How long is the hike/how many days?
- What is the expected weather like?
- Are there river crossings involved?
- Is the trail rocky/do we need to double up on socks?
- Is there a need to grapple/rappel/do rock climbing things?
- Do you need gloves? The trail might have a lot of prickly plants.
- Do we expect leeches/limatik? If so bring sprayable alcohol. Dealing with Leeches.
- Is it warm enough that you can get by without a sleeping bag/sleeping mat, even if it rains?
- Is it cold enough that you need a fleece/gloves/doubly-lined socks?
- Are there trees/places where you can deploy a hammock, so you don’t need to bring a tent?
- How many tents/hammocks can fit there?
Ensure you have a complete set of group equipment.
- Stoves (2-3 for a group of 6). Check what type of fuel (butane/white gas/etc..) they need. Make sure you know how the stove works.
- Temporary shelters/tarps. (2-3 for a group of 6, probably less).
- Ground sheets/mats/places to sit on.
- Group first aid kits.
- Cleaning implements (dish scrubber/tissue paper).
- Bolo/machete (optional).
- Radios (optional).
2-3 days before: get everything you need for the climb. 🏔
- Confirm you have all the equipment you need.
- Bag. Try packing everything in before the climb just to make sure everything fits. Rain cover, waterproof lining/mother bag.
- Shelter. Tent (body, flysheet, poles, pegs), groundsheet, temporary shelters/tarps (tying strings, pegs).
- Insulation. Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, malong.
- Illumination. Headlamp with extra batteries. Make sure those batteries fit.
- Navigation. Emergency whistle/compass, rope. Fortunately I’ve only had to use the whistle once, but being lost is really disconcerting.
- First aid kit. Personal medicine, triangular bandage, elastic bandage, insect repellent.
- Camp hydration. Water containers when camping. If the campsite has a water source, you probably don’t have to fill this up.
- Trail hydration. Hydration pack/water bottles while climbing. Sports drinks.
- Cooking. Cookset, stove, stove wind screen, enough fuel, fire-starter/lighter/waterproof matches, folding knife, ladle, chopping board.
- Nutrition. Mess kit/plate/cup, spork or spoon and fork, chopsticks.
- Emergency food. Peanut butter has a high energy to weight ratio, though canned goods like canned tuna can also work.
- Toiletries, sun protection. Tissue paper, toothbrush/toothpaste, sunscreen/lip balm, comb, alcohol, deodorant, petroleum jelly for chafing, etc.
- Number 2/poopsies. Trowel.
- Repair. Sewing kit, tent repair kit, duct tape.
- Water treatment. Water filter.
- Identification. Dog tag.
- Check that you have your costumes ready:
- For hiking. Cap/visor/brimmed hat, sunglasses (optional), dry fit shirt/polo, rash guards (optional), gloves (optional), shorts/leggings, technical socks (2 layers if you need), trail runners/boots (check if they might break down during the climb). Reference
- For camping. Bonnet/Ushanka, face mask, base layer, fleece/mid layer (optional), gloves (optional), windbreaker, thermal underwear, wool socks, sandals for walking around the camp/resting your feet after the climb. I wouldn’t recommend cotton jackets because if it gets wet, it’s unusable. Layering basics.
- For going home: cute outfit.
- Review your meal assignments.
- How many people do you need to cook for?
- Roughly 0.5 cups of raw rice per 2 people per meal. How much rice should I cook per person?
- Roughly 0.8kg of protein/meat for 4 people per meal.
- Soupy foods are also nice if you’re assigned to cooking at the campsite.
- Precook (boil your meats, then put some vinegar before freezing).
- Blanch your vegetables.
- I prefer pasta if I know there’s a water source near the camp site. It’s easier to cook than rice.
- Trail food.
- High in carbohydrates 🍫, my favorite is Nips/Jelly Ace.
- Carb loading.
- Treats: Iced tea, coffee ☕️, chocolates/stuff you can melt to make a fondue, anything that can justify its weight.
- Review skills:
- Knot tying. Taut line/clove hitch/sheet bend/2 half hitches/slip knot.
- Pitch your tent just to make sure there aren’t holes etc.
The morning (or evening) of the climb: final preparations. 🏔
- This is my alarm clock: Kukuklok.
- Double check the weather and confirm that you haven’t forgotten anything. Scan room before leaving, also make sure you put your pre-cooked stuff inside your bag (they might still be in the fridge).
- I like bringing a Sleep mask because I find it hard to sleep anyways.
- Check with your team leaders first if the climb will push through before you go to the bus station. 😅
- Enjoy! 😄
TODO: (for me)
- Hiking apps.
- Actual checklist.