Monday, February 07, 2011

packing for mt. pulag

In 18 days, we're climbing and camping in one of the most challenging mountains in the Philippines - the cold and wet Mt. Pulag. Time to pack.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

FOOD - These are ready to eat meals rationed to the US military, which the boyfriend bought from his airsoft buddies. We took out some items (mostly cakes) to make them lighter. Packages come with instant food/beverage heaters - that greenish plastic bag you see.

CLOTHING - Extreme weather layering essentials:

Columbia Kaleidaslope Omni-heat insulated jacket, for the cold

Moisture-wicking shirt and arm warmers for the day hike

The niftiest waterproof Stefanel hiking pants / shorts combo:

Raincoat, wool socks

My 5-year-old, Paris-tested wool inner layer from Terranova, more wool socks for the night

Thermal tops and leggings for layering, all Europe-tested, from Marks & Spencer

Trail running shoes from New Balance


Sleeping bag for colder weather

Tent (for sharing with MSP)


Disposable emergency urinal, baby wipes, razor (you never know when you'll need the blade!), meds for diarrhea, fever, etc., the usual toiletries

I still don't have:
1. a headlamp
2. plastic bag for trash
3. tissue - lots of kitchen tissue (in place of towels)
4. maybe extra shoes (my old Nike), in case it rains so hard and my trail shoes don't dry up?

This is so unglamorous and exciting at the same time.

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