Overnight camping is hands down my favourite hobbie. I know how intimidating it looks, so I thought I’d try to convince you otherwise so that you might try it one day!! Once you have all the gear, it’s pretty much free. I’ve gained a lot of my gear over the years, and now I’m set. At first it was a bit expensive, but I recommend spending a bit more money on the better quality things, rather than buying something that won’t last forever. The basics that you need are really simple. Here’s a list of what I suggest you might need. The starred ones are necessary :) Oh, and if you hike to a place like Elfin Lakes, they have cabins you can stay in which have heat, a stove and light – so no need to bring up a tent! Here’s my list :)
- *sleeping bag
- *H2O (camel packs are great)
- *thermarest (mattress)
- *first aid kit
- *head lamp
- *swiss army knife
- *layers of clothes (apparently 5 is not enough for snowcamping!)
- *bear spray + whistle
- *extra rope (to hang food at night if there’s no cabin)
- *pots/stove + fuel/cutlery/liquid soap/dishwasher scrubbie (if cooking)
- *FOOD!! Warm food is always appreciated :)
- hiking boots
- snowshoes + gloves/toque if snowcamping
- tarp for under the tent in wet weather
- water filter for hikes longer than 1 night
- Coffee (this is my necessity!)
Easy Peesy! Here’s just a few pics of Mike and I on our adventure. Whatever happened to the other lifeguards, I don’t know. But you missed out! Next time!!!
I forgot to mention where we went. Elfin Lakes in Squamish. There’s a cabin there with a bunch of bunks. You pay 10$ at the bottom (honour system) if you camp in the cabin, and 5$ if you’re daring enough to sleep in a tent! We apparently were :) Have fun!
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