05-11-14 Backpacking Outing Planning

Scouts & parents:

At the May 4th Troop Meeting we went over Backpack equipment basics. As promised, attached is a Backpack Gear Guide:
1st Page is various retailers
2nd & 3rd page is a Checklist
Next are descriptions of various items

REI is a good source for items as a local retail store (they stock most items all the time) with a good return policy but can be pricey. If you find an item you like, and you have time, research other online retailers for lower price. Another source is:

Items to spend money on:
1) Light 20 degree mummy sleeping bag; you can get a decent synthetic bag for around $50.00 or Down starting at $170.00; You save about 2lbs. and smaller compression size for Down.
2) Waterproof Sleeping Bag Compression Sack: http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/1
3) Sleeping Pad: ultralight inflatable to just a “Z” Fold foam.
4) Backpack: sized & fitted correctly. Recommend REI Passage 65 Youth Backpack. Designed for Scouts.
5) Good Backpacking Lightweight Jacket: Synthetic or Down
6) Good Rain Jacket/Shell: Gortex type with hood and “pit zippers”
7) Good Backpacking Socks

If you have any questions, contact ASM Burt, Bass, D’Ambrosio, Hendrickson or me.

Brian Hanhart, Scoutmaster
Troop 718
Riviera Scouting

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1 Response

  1. Miles Lacey says:

    Great meeting!

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