- North Face
- Balaclava - not used on this trip, but I've had good
with it before, and I was glad to have it with me just in case.
- Hiking boots bought new at a military discount store.
- My "Chrysalis" sleeping bag, rated to 10 deg. F but
worked a treat at
colder temperatures. Plus, "Chrysalis" is just a cool name for a
- Sun Ice
- My wonderful, wonderful lightweight parka, well over 15
old now and still the best extreme cold weather coat I've ever owned.
And I grew up in Minnesota.
- Eastern Mountain Sports
- My excellent porter-duffel. Sturdy and
Dirt cheap (I paid maybe $15 for it somewhere in New Jersey.) I don't
know what I would have done without it.
- What can I say about Camelbak? Best sports
- Hydration tablets, borrowed from Gloria. Taste
of electrolytes, great stuff. I wish I'd had some Heed or
Perpetuum with me, but these did the job well enough.
- Nutra-Grain breakfast bars. An excellent trail
- Eat Natural
- Also excellent trail snack bars. The ones I had
Macadamia nut based, some with dark chocolate, some with other mixes.
Great bars, I wish I could find them in the U.S.
- Multiple great headlamps.
- Toe socks, designed for running but great for strenuous
too. Just don't let anyone see you without your shoes while
wearing these, unless you are a preteen girl.
- Under Armour
- Pretty much all my tees, underwear and regular socks. Cotton is the enemy.
- Yeah, I'm done with these guys since the Michael Vick endorsement. I bought a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves, which I love more than I ever did my Frees (and that was a lot). Still, I have to acknowledge that the Frees served me pretty well as camp shoes.
- LL Bean
- Fleece sweatshirts. These are a couple of the
most comfortable and versatile garments I own.