What to Bring On A Hike.
........ To main NCCOC page
... To NCCOC Trips information page
If you can't make the meetings and want to go on any specific trip,
contact the person indicated for details of meeting time and place,
to bring, etc. Tell the contact person you are coming (either at the
or by phone) so they will know how many to expect. If you
you cannot go, always call the contact person so they will not wait for
you and delay everyone else!
- Lunch - a sandwich or something that does not require
- Snacks - to eat along the way; fruit, granola bars, etc.
- Water - a minimum
of one and a half to two quarts (even in winter;
more in hot summer).
- A backpack to carry everything in.
- A light jacket or windbreaker -- it can be very windy
on top. This is a good part of a layered clothing system; see the
comment on this page.
- Whatever medication you require; inhalers, epi-pens, etc.
- A bare midriff is fashionable but can be very cold in cool
weather. Any exposed skin, particularly on your torso can cause large
- Boots which support your foot and ankles: In warm
running or walking shoes will do fine but they should have a good
type" sole. See the box below for information on waterproof boots.
|Winter or Spring Waterproof Boots:
the Winter you should
have boots which are insulated or will fit several pairs of warm socks.
In the Winter and Spring a waterproof boot is very helpful. The best is
the type of boot with a rubber bottom and leather upper. Originally
by LL Bean (www.LLBean.com)
but now made by many manufacturers. The Canadian brand "Sorrel" is very
good and available in many stores. The insulated
bottom boot "bugaboot" made by Columbia is reasonably priced and
in stores such as Campmor in Paramus, NJ (www.campmor.com/); REI in Carle Place and NYC (www.rei.com/stores/138), Eastern
Mountain Sports in Carle Place and NYC (http://www.ems.com);
and Dick's in Roosevelt Field (www.dickssportinggoods.com).
Also, from the same sources, a slightly higher boot , the North Face
Baltaro which is about the same cost as those from LL Bean but is often
on sale at a price competitive with the Columbia. Costco often
has reasonably priced rubber bottom boots for sale in season.
Gore-tex boots are also waterproof but not quite as good as rubber
in the winter. Boots with any fabric in them (other than gore-tex or an equivilent)
be avoided in the winter or wet weather - they are fine in the summer,
however. If you have a pair of good leather boots, you should apply
but be prepared to have damp (wet?) feet.
North Face Baltaro
In winter (or any cool weather):
- A Hat is essential. The heat loss through your head can
equal that through the rest of your body. The old adage is true: "If
your feet are cold, put on a hat"!
- Extra Socks (Wool or synthetic, not cotton; see fiber
- Insulated Underwear is recommended for winter. It should
of synthetic fiber (NOT cotton). Polypropylene, Capeline, polyester, or
several other brands are good. Wool is better than cotton but not as
as the synthetics (and it may itch). A cotton/polyester blend is
better than cotton alone but not as good as pure synthetic.
- Traction Aids
are recommended whenever there is a possibility of snow or ice on the
trail. The Club has a good selection of various aids to lend to
members on a given trip. A discussion of the various tyes of aids
is here: www.nemountaineering.com/2016/04/traction-selecting-footwear-traction-for-your-hike/
Dress warmly but in layers so you can take off one layer and
still be protected from the cold. A lighter windbreaker or jacket,
combined with several sweaters is preferred to one big, heavy coat.
TOP OF PAGE .... To
main NCCOC page .... To NCCOC Trips
Broken Links, corrections? Please notify us: Webmaster