Wilderness Escape

A Spiritual Learning Experience






  We provide:   You provide:
  Women's pack and Men's pack   Sleeping bag
  Pack cover   Clothes
  Tent   Rain gear
  Stove/fuel   Boots
  Pots/ utensils/ mug/food   Necessities
  Sleeping pad/winter bag liner   Hiking staff
  Water bottles/water bag    
  Snowshoes/poles/ crampons/leg gaiter    
      See seasonal lists that follow for full list of needed clothing and equipment.





Give yourself plenty of time to buy your clothes - especially in winter. If you buy at the last minute, stores may be out of stock 'till next year. It is very important for fall/spring/winter hiking that your sleeping bag can be put into a compression sack to be compressed 25-40%. Also, your insulated jacket and pants - they too get rolled up and stuffed into a sack. Also very important - do not use a winter/spring/fall sleeping bag that is too big for you. Your body heat warms the bag - those parts you are in contact with, so excess space = excess cold spots and you will be chilly even if the bag is rated -20 degrees. Because we hike in a state forest, you may want orange head gear.

Winter Clothes and Equipment

1 pair midweight thermal long underwear
1 lightweight thermal pullover zip shirt
1 midweight thermal pullover zip shirt
1 micro-fleece shirt - zip pullover
1 pair cold weather thermal tights lined with fleece, or 1 pair cold weather pants - 3SP material is
great but hard to find - ask LL Bean, or 1 pair wool pants
2 pair liner socks - one can be neoprene
1 pair wool or fleece socks - both heavyweight
Sleepwear - heavyweight full fleece long underwear
Heavyweight fleece jacket
Lightweight insulated pullover
Insulated parka and pants - full side zip
Lightweight thermal cap, fleece hat, fleece gloves/mittens, insulated mittens, water-proof over mittens,
lightweight balaclava, neck gaiter
Raingear - midweight, breathable jacket and full side zip breathable pants
Sunglasses for snow glare
Winter boots (Sorrel) -40 to -65 degrees, with removable lining
Sleeping bag -20 degrees
TP, Pee bottle
Winter flashlight or headlamp - lithium batteries

No cotton or cotton fleece

Fall/Spring Clothes & Equipment

Lightweight thermal long underwear (top & bottom)
1 lightweight thermal pullover zip shirt
1 midweight thermal pullveor zip shirt
1 pair cool weather hiking tights/pants
1 pair cold weather hiking tights/pants with a light lining of fleece (can be colder than expected)
1 pair liner socks
1 pair wool or fleece heavyweight socks
Thermal hiking boots - sometimes it gets quite cold with snow and ice, so a -20 degree pair of
waterproof boots is appropriate - with removable lining, or at least footbed
Light shell wind pants - full side zipper
Rain gear - breathable full side zipper pants/breathable jacket
Nylon hat, lightweight thermal cap, neck gaiter, liner gloves, fleece gloves, mittons, waterproof
over-mitten, lightweight balaclava
Midweight fleece jacket
Midweight fleece pants - full zip but not necessary
Lightweight insulated pullover
Insulated jacket or parka - big enough to put over your layer of clothes
Sleepwear - heavyweight thermal long underwear or fleece
Flashlight/extra batteries
TP, Pee bottle
Sun protection, sun glasses
Sleeping bag - 0 to 30 degrees

No cotton or cotton fleece

Summer Hiking Clothes & Equipment

2 pairs cool max t-shirts ) 1 pair optional - only if you want to carry the extra
2 pairs nylon pants ) weight
1 pair liner socks
1 pair wool socks - heavyweight
Lightweight fleece or micro-fleece jacket
Nylon hat
Sleepwear - long silk undewear - nice!
Hiking boots - waterproof
During weird, cold summers - lightweight thermal underwear, wind jacket, thermal long sleeve shirt
Watersports boots or lightweight sneakers - these are necessary so one can get out of constricting
boots and not clomp around in them after we set up camp.
Backpacking poncho- the kind with an extension flap to fit over pack
Sleeping bag 35/40 degrees
Flashlight/extra batteries
Sun protection, sun glasses
Optional luxuries - silk bag liner, after-hike clothes - nylon pants/shirt

No cotton or cotton fleece

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