Gear to Bring on your Next Adventure

When you’re going on a hike, camping trip, or any other kind of adventure, there are certain items you should bring to make your expereince the best it can be.

I asked three people what they recommend when going on adventures. Ben Parsons, Kiana Streeter, and Taryn Davis all gave their personal opinions of what to bring when you’re going out on a trip.

Places you can get this gear include your local camping supply stores, or if you’re a SLO resident or student of Cal Poly, you can rent equipment from “Frontline,” Cal Poly’s adventure equipment rental center located next to the REC center.

Check out this video for more information about gear as well as how to rent it on the Cal Poly campus!

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When you’re headed out on a day hike, it’s important to bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated, especially depending on what kind of weather it is. Check the weather forcasts in advance so that you don’t get stuck in a rainstorm, or at the top of a peak in 41 mile per hour winds (unless you like that kind of thing, sometime’s it’s fun…).

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Bring a day pack filled with extra sunblock, some minor first aid supplies, and a sweatshirt in case there is a drastic  change in temperature as you ascend, compared to at the bottom of the trail. It’s always a good idea to bring a healthy snack as mentioned in my previous post, and to wear comfortable shoes so that you don’t get any blisters.

“You need hiking boots for sure, just because they have a very stiff rubber and a stiff construction to them so your ankles don’t get banged up and you don’t get as many blisters.” Said Ben Parsons, an employee of Cal Poly’s outdoor climbing wall, and a hiking and climbing enthusiast. If you don’t have hiking boots, don’t stress, because a good pair of sneakers will also suffice on a hike that isn’t TOO strenuous.

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Essentials of water, a small pack, and sunblock

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Depending on how long your trip is and where your destination is located, you’re going to need to pack different items for a camping trip. Essentials include a sleeping bag, a tent, firewood to cook, food, something to cook the food in as well as something to eat the food with, water, sunblock,and again, check the weather to see what else will be necessary wherever you’re going. “We have pretty much everything you need for camping,” says Frontline employee Kiana Streeter. “From stoves to…tents and sleeping bags from whatever you really need you can rent out for a… discounted price for students, too.”

More blankets, a heavy coat, or extra firewood are helpful in cold temperatures. Always make sure it is legal to have a fire going in your campsite beforehand, as there are many places during dry season which prohibit making a fire for safety reasons. You can check the California Department of Parks and recreation’s website, or call your campsite’s ranger station beforehand to double check as well as so check if you will need a fire permit. You can also check out REI’s basic Camping checklist for more camping suggestions.

Finally,

backpacking

There are different kinds of backpacking, like lightweight backpacking, and regular backpacking, but for the most part you are going to want to bring the same supplies with you, they’re just going to be packed differently. You’re going to need a backpack which can hold your sleeping bag, a sleeping mat which will insulate you from having the cold of the ground suck up your body heat when you’re sleeping as well as to provide some cushion. It is especially important to bring high calorie and nutritious food when you’re backpacking, because you need the energy. According to equipped.outdoors.org, the average person will burn from 4,000-5,000 calories or more each day backpacking, so this is not a situation you’re gonna want to go with the low calorie food option! ”

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Sleeping Pads available for rent at Frontline.

You’ll need food, a headlamp if you’re going to be making night treks, first aid supplies, and some kind of a navigation tool like a compass and map. Check out REI’s Backpacking Checklist for even more information on what to bring on a backpacking trip.

Gear to Bring on your Next Adventure

More Adventures to Come

I have enjoyed blogging about my adventures so far this winter, and look forward to continuing to do so into the spring. The spring will bring warmer weather and an opportunity to go on more day hikes, the sun will be setting later and more daylight will mean more time spent outside.

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One of the coolest things about SLO’s location is the many hills and mountains to climb, and as the seasons change (as much as seasons in Central California can change, that is…) so does the scenery.

In the fall when I arrived in SLO, the hills were brown. The winter has brought rain and green grass blanket the surrounding landscapes. Now that spring is here, there have been many flowers popping up on these green hills. Today I am going to talk about a few of the different kinds you can encounter on your hikes.

There are over 7,000 different kinds of species of native plants in California. Although the displays of flower vary by year, you can usually count on finding a few kinds of them around SLO county. My personal favorites include the California Poppy and the lupine.

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The famous California poppy officially became the state flower in 1903. Every April 6th is California Poppy day, and May 13-18 is poppy week. It can be found in many other of the lower 48 states and parts of Canada as well.

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Another one of my personal favorite wildflowers of California is the

Lupinus californicus

A more common plant, this purple flower can be seen in the hills over the county of SLO and is also native to much of the U.S. Although the seeds are poisonous to humans, the butterflies and hummingbirds are huge fans of its stocky build and plentiful petals.

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There are many other kinds of wildflowers blooming in the central coast this time of year, and if you see any you aren’t sure about, you can look them up at the Theodore Payne Foundation’s for wild flowers and native plant’s website, or call the wildflower hotline at (818) 768-3533.

More Adventures to Come