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#6080 - 07/16/10 03:28 PM List of Items?? Please help!
Danielisawesome Offline


Registered: 07/16/10
Posts: 10
Loc: So-Cal, USA
Hello all!

We are attempting the climb in 2 weeks. grin For 2 of our party members, it will be the first time, and 2 did the hike in their youth about 35-40 years ago.

Everytime we go camping, we always forget something, or realize that it 'would have been really nice to have' or forget the 'shoot! i left it at home'.

We are trying to avoid that.

Any recommendations on gear to bring?

Suggestions much appreciated!

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#6082 - 07/16/10 04:27 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Danielisawesome]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
Welcome Daniel! A good place to start reading is the Orientation Notes in the Feature Topics on the left.

Be sure to read up on acclimatization for the altitude.

You didn't say, but it sounds like you're doing the day hike, right?

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#6085 - 07/16/10 05:01 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Danielisawesome]
VersatileFred Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 130
Loc: SoCal
Here is a link to another website (that is included in the Orientation Notes) with day hiking gear in mind.

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#6096 - 07/17/10 03:30 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Steve C]
Danielisawesome Offline


Registered: 07/16/10
Posts: 10
Loc: So-Cal, USA
Yes. It is a day hike. Thanks! (to both of you) smile


Edited by Danielisawesome (07/17/10 03:31 PM)

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#6099 - 07/17/10 06:20 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Danielisawesome]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2235
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
3 Things:

Vitamin I (Ibuprofen) before you start the hike can prevent swelling/pain/tissue damage.

Athletic tape wrapped around footish hot spots before blisters form will prevent pain & damage.

Family Band Radios work in Line of Sight - this means that the Geezers can tell you where they will be waiting for you. Or otherwise. Select a channel, turn them on and STFU until you really need to communicate. An incredibly useful resource when used sparingly, an incredibly irritating, nasty intrusion into the wilderness experience when used for idle chatter.
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#6108 - 07/17/10 11:22 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: wagga]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
Keep your pack weight down.

Here's a link to Bob R's ultralight pack list -- it is for overnight backpacking, but the list of clothing and day-use items is very good.

Don't forget the headlamps.

Don't carry too much water, and know where to restock. Check out Bob R's pdf document: reliable water on the main Mt. Whitney Trail   Pictures (including a map) here.


Edited by Steve C (07/19/10 11:46 AM)

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#6113 - 07/18/10 07:58 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Danielisawesome]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1251
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
A very good trail tested headlamp. This is usually where people skimp. It makes a difference in both safety and speed. I currently use a Black Diamond Spot, which I've used for night hikes a half dozen times or more.

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#6119 - 07/18/10 05:36 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Steve C]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
One set of back-up batteries for the headlamp should also be considered.

CaT
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#6120 - 07/18/10 06:53 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: CaT]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1004
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
I read that the best backup battery for a headlamp is one carried in a backup LED headlamp. (after all, they are very lightweight these days)

My partner could have used that advice on Orizaba once - all that fumbling around with a dead lamp, spare lamp, or bad connection, or whatever. He never could get it to work again and could have come to grief had not dawn crept around. Even on Whitney with a trail, it's nice to have 100% backup and, importantly, an easy turnkey method of making it work. Harvey

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#6124 - 07/19/10 03:21 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Harvey Lankford]
jordan Offline


Registered: 07/19/10
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Paul Richins, Jr. has an excellent book on hiking Mt. Whitney, and it includes a very well-planned day hike pack checklist.

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#6125 - 07/19/10 06:55 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Harvey Lankford]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Originally Posted By: Harvey Lankford
I read that the best backup battery for a headlamp is one carried in a backup LED headlamp. (after all, they are very lightweight these days)

My partner could have used that advice on Orizaba once - all that fumbling around with a dead lamp, spare lamp, or bad connection, or whatever. He never could get it to work again and could have come to grief had not dawn crept around. Even on Whitney with a trail, it's nice to have 100% backup and, importantly, an easy turnkey method of making it work. Harvey

Good point, Harvey.
Although depending on one's budget, a couple of batteries are much cheaper than a good backup headlamp.
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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
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#6129 - 07/19/10 07:11 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: CaT]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1251
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
I carry extra batteries AND a Petzl E+Lite, which I keep with my compass. I've had head light go bad once or twice and forgotten them a few times, too. At 2 oz. it is a nice insurance policy.

All that said, the key to hiking at night is a very good light. You can use just about anything around camp.

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#6131 - 07/19/10 08:48 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: wbtravis]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Steve
You left off the list for Bob R's pack list.I have it saved some where and can't seem to locate it. A quick search on the WPS search function hasn't produce it yet.I know I have it somewhere.

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#6135 - 07/19/10 09:21 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Rod]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
Bob R has been summoned.   wink


Edit: Oops! I left out the LINK! Fixing it.


Edited by Steve C (07/19/10 11:44 AM)

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#6136 - 07/19/10 09:31 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Rod]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Found Bob R's post with the links to his lists in it.

CaT
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If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)

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#6137 - 07/19/10 09:42 AM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: CaT]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Thanks CaT
I have now saved both lists where I know where to quickly find.
Thanks again Bob R.
Rod

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#6139 - 07/19/10 12:53 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Rod]
Danielisawesome Offline


Registered: 07/16/10
Posts: 10
Loc: So-Cal, USA
Thank you all for the advice. Some of those would have been for sure left behind.

We are planning on bringing extra batteries, seeing as though our headlights have hardly been used.

Thanks all!

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#6145 - 07/19/10 01:49 PM Re: List of Items?? Please help! [Re: Danielisawesome]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
I carry an extra headlight and an extra set of batteries/ I have heard of the bulbs going bad. I also carry a few of those keychain led lights. Nothing worse than being a vitim of darkness.

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