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I'm taking an outdoor leadership training course next month that meets in Boston, and just received the list of gear required for the course. It's probably the most extensive list of gear I've ever encountered personally for a backpacking trip. I'm used to packing really, really light on trips, but apparently they are pretty steadfast in requiring all of these items.
They say that if you aren't able to bring certain items, they can provide you with them from their gear warehouse. I'm just not sure how much I trust used gear for safety and quality reasons. (Plus some of them like underwear and socks I definitely don't want used versions of, haha).
But like I said, I go really light weight, and this seems like it is going to be a metric crap ton of gear, haha.
I was looking for some advice as to whether or not certain items would be safe to borrow from them, and also some advice on potentially getting some new gear for the trip. It's frustrating that I'm required to have all this when I'm probably not going to use it again. (They estimate our packs will be 40 pounds. I'm used to about 20.) Also keep in mind they aren't allowing any cotton clothing.
It's for five days in the White Mountains.
1. One pair of waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support (I've never worn hiking boots - only trail runners. Is borrowing boots from them a bad idea? Especially with no chance of breaking them in?
2. At least three pairs of wool socks (I have more than this, but they are all low-cut, because once again, I don't wear boots, just trail runners. So there's some more stuff to buy haha.)
3. Two sets of wool or synthetic long underwear. (I don't own any long underwear. Once again, I pack very minimally and don't get cold easily)
4. One pair of fleece pants (Now when most people think of fleece, what they are actually thinking of is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. Do you think they mean 0% cotton for fleece pants? If so, there's another 50 bucks, haha.
5. Two insulating layers for upper body - fleece or wool jackets or sweatshirts (same questions/issues as above)
6. Waterproof rain gear (jacket and pants, I have these already)
7. Wool or fleece hat (have this already)
8. Gloves (have these already)
9. Two wide-mouthed one quart nalgenes (I have these, though I prefer plastic for its lighter overall weight).
10. Sneakers to wear in camp (I have to bring both boots and sneakers? Ugh.)
11. Several pairs of synthetic underwear (How hard is this to find, and how cheap/expensive?)
12. two synthetic t-shirts (same question as before - does this mean 0% cotton?)
13. hiking shorts (have these)
14. headlamp or flashlight (have these)
15. mug, bowl and spoon (I usually don't cook over the fire, and use sticks for utensils, so I'll have to grab some of these)
16. two bandannas (No prob)
17. two large heavy duty trash bags (no prob)
18. sunglasses (really? We are required to bring sunglasses?)
19. watch (I've never worn a watch)
And anything else we want to bring is optional. They will provide the packs, bedrolls, sleeping bags, stoves, and other essentials.
It's for five days in the White Mountains. Does this seem like a lot of stuff to anyone else? It's going to be weird carrying twice as much gear as I normally do. And if I don't want to borrow used equipment from them, I guess I will have to be ready to drop $300-400 on some new gear.
Does anyone have any advice on this list overall or on any part in particular? It's very overwhelming/frustrating to take this all in when I am used to going so minimalist everywhere. Thanks.