Recommended Basic Summer Day Hike Packing List for Pilsner and Stout Hikes
1. Hydration Pack with min 2 liter water bladder or 2 Water bottles in Fanny Pack
2. Rain gear, one extra T-shirt, one extra pair of socks, one small towel
3. Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, Sun Glasses, Hat-Cap-Visor, Bandana
4. Personal First Aid Kit: Your meds, Ibuprofin, Benadril, Bandaid, Moleskin, Bandage Tape, etc.
5. Toilet paper
6. Hiking Boots with Superfeet insoles, thin polyester socks, merino wool socks
7. Hiking Poles
8. Energy Fuel: Sandwich, Fruit, Power Bar, Electrolites
9. One day before the hike begin to drink extra water.
10. On the hiking day, make sure you get a good breakfast.
Boots ‘n Beer Hiking Club Hiker Guide
Welcome to Boots ‘n Beer, a drinking club with a hiking problem. The following is intended to enhance your safety and comfort during your hikes with the club.
We have three types of hikes in a month: Weekend Hikes are for Family and Friends of Boots ’n Beer and range up to 5 miles with an elevation change up to 1,000 feet or more depending on the composition and experience of the participants. Pilsner Hikes range typically between 5 to 8 miles and may have an elevation change of 1,000 to 1,500 feet. Stout Hikes, reserved for men only who are paid-up members, are usually 10 to 12 miles but may extend to 20 miles in length and may have an elevation change of 2,000 to 4,000 feet.
We recommend that you DO NOT HIKE if you answer NO to any of the five following questions.
- Medical Fitness. Are you medically fit to participate in this hike?
- Experience. Have you done a hike of similar difficulty in the recent past and felt good about it?
- Food and Water. Are you brining enough food and water with you? We recommend that you carry two quarts of water. If the weather is hot, you will need even more water. Drink plenty of water; it helps you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter! We recommend that you bring sufficient food or energy bars depending on the length of the hike, in particular you need electrolytes.
- Footwear. Do you have proper footwear? Many of the trails in our area are rocky and rugged so we recommend trail shoes or hiking boots on all of our hikes. The trail shoes or hiking boots should be well broken in and should preferably be waterproof. Here are some tips for buying new shoes or boots: Buy from a well-known outfitter. While considering size, remember that feet expand during hiking. Make sure to bring the socks that you will be wearing on the hike when you go to the outfitters.
- Clothing. Do you have the proper clothing? For wet weather we recommend appropriate rain gear. A good waterproof and breathable rain jacket can serve as your outer layer keeping you warm and dry when bad weather strikes. We also recommend wearing synthetic or synthetic blend clothing that will help wick away moisture. Blue jeans and cotton t-shirts only retain water and do not belong on a hike. For cold weather we recommend layered clothing. Cold weather clothing should exclude cotton and include the following:
- Long underwear that wicks moisture from the body such as silk, polypropylene, or polyester
- Wool or fleece sweater or jacket
- Two pairs of socks; synthetic inner layer and a wool or wool blend outer layer. Again, avoid cotton.
- Waterproof gloves or mittens
- Wool or fleece hats with flaps to cover your ears
- Outer wind shell or rain jacket
Other Items to Bring
The following items will enhance your comfort and safety on a hike. Bring any other items that you may need. Keep the season and weather forecast in mind and use your judgement.
- Day pack large enough to carry your layers of clothing, food and water
- Cap with visor to prevent sunburn and glare
- Sunscreen, Sun glasses, Lip balm and Insect repellent
- Flashlight with batteries (especially for the winter months with decreased daylight)
- Personal first aid kit; bandaids, moleskin, foot powder, and any meds you need.
- Extra socks in a ziplock bag
- Extra shirts and light shoes to put on after the hike
- If you have any questions about the hike, ask the hike leader.
- Listen carefully to the announcements made by the leader prior to and during the hike.
- When hiking, keep track of fellow hikers. Know who is ahead of you and behind you.
- Be prepared for all emergencies – expect the unexpected. Mother Nature can be a difficult and unforgiving adversary!!!
- Have fun and be safe!