Backpacking what to take? That is a question I am asked all the time of which i am always happy to answer.
What gear brands do I like, what equipment do you use and what camera do you have? These are a few of the main questions and here I give you the rundown of everything I use and links to any reviews I have completed on those items.
As a disclaimer some of my gear is through relationships with businesses that support my efforts to bring the outdoors to you.
One of those companies is Valhalla Pure Outfitters Nanaimo , Mike has helped me with pretty much every purchase in my kit, from clothing to tents to technical climbing gear, a superb local option.
I’m also excited to work with Altitude Sports as an Online collaborator , a premier Canadian online source for outdoor technical clothing to enjoy all the seasons Canada can throw at you.
Once you have the gear make sure you don’t forget the safety aspect of being outdoors. My blog post Leading and Planning for the Outdoors should help you get on a good start.
Check out my post on the Becoming a Backpacker in 5 steps to get a little more insight on how I chose my equipment.
To properly put your technical equipment to use wether it be mountaineering to rock climbing or backpacking to hiking I might make two suggestions.
First , be part of a historic club for mentorship and friendship. In Canada I am a member of the Alpine Club of Canada often leading many trips for new and old members alike.
Secondly, get the training and education needed to be safe in remote and wild locations. Personally I can’t recommend Jan and his team Island Alpine Guides based out of Cumberland here on Vancouver Island in BC. I had a blast on his 3-day Mountain Fly-In Skills course.
I hope you find my backpacking what to take list helpful and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.