Food and Gear

 

The food

Most hikers bring dry foods.  They are the solution to long-distance hikes because they are light and easy to prepare.  Look for foods as light and compact as possible.  The food must be easy to prepare since after your day hike, you want to eat and not have problems around your portable stove. Dehydrated soups are excellent as an appetizer for your lunch or your dinner, most of all if the weather is cold and rainy. During your hike, you can nibble on nuts mixed with dry fruits (source of protein, oil and glucose).

Many foods can be removed from their original containers and be packed in plastic reclosable bags, depending on the quantity you want to bring.

Other useful articles

These small crucial things which we long for when we don't have them! Matches, salt and pepper are good examples. The best way not to forget them is to make out a list, notching each article as it is put in the backpack.  Remember, it is always best to bring waterproof matches and additional food.

Cooking

Nowadays, there are several light stoves (less than 1 kg, fuel included.) on the market.  The majority of experienced campers use these devices, not only for the pleasure of leaving a site the way they found it, but also for their convenience.

Visit your Outdoor store.  The larger ones offer catalogues with plenty of merchandise.

Sleeping bag

After a long hike, you need a good night's sleep to be in good shape the following day. Choose a sleeping bag according to its thickness.  Do not forget that when you're on top of mountains, the temperature wavers around 0°C or 32°F, even in summer.

Visit your Outdoor store.  The larger ones offer catalogues with plenty of merchandise.

The clothes

Good hikers choose their clothing carefully in order to avoid a too heavy or bulky load. You must have enough clothing to keep you warm during coldest periods of the day.

It is very important to be well protected from the rain. A raincoat or a poncho protects the major parts of the body but doesn't do anything for your legs.  This is why campers often use leggings or light waterproof pants.

Visit your Outdoor store.  The larger ones offer catalogues with plenty of merchandise.

The walking shoes

During one day of walk, your feet take approximately 10 000 steps each one and, with each step, they must absorb your weight and that of your back bag. It is thus significant to carry comfortable and resistant walking shoes, especially where the ground is rocky and often slipping. Your shoes must be enough high to support your ankles, but not too high because they could then restrict the muscles of the calf. They must be well adjusted with the heel and the camber, but not too tight.

The socks are used as cushion between the shoe and the foot and reduce the friction which could cause bulbs. It is necessary to carry at least a pair of thick socks (preferably out of wool) or, two pairs of thick socks or socks light under thick socks.

When you test walking shoes, do it with suitable socks. Carry your new shoes in the house and during short excursions so that they are comfortable at the time of your first long excursion. A good pair of walking shoes already made with the feet, is worth its heavy of gold and deserves that one takes care well of it.

The back pack

The key to have a pleasant hike is to evenly distribute the weight in your backpack.  Do not forget that you will have to constantly carry it (it should weigh approximately 40 lbs. or 18 kg).

Visit your Outdoor store.  The larger ones offer catalogues with plenty of merchandise.

The tents

The most efficient are the ones with an impermeable ground cloth included and a zippered mosquito net.  A two-men tent (three if it is absolutely necessary) should not weigh more than 10 lbs. or 4 kg.

Visit your Outdoor store.  The larger ones offer catalogues with plenty of merchandise.