What should I take backpacking?
What gear brands do you like?
What equipment do you use?
What camera do you have?
These are questions I’m asked all the time and I’m happy to answer here.
Tackling the great outdoors is such a fullfilling way to spend your time. Consideration of the gear you wear and the equipment you use can be the difference between it being something you try once or something that evolves into a lifelong passion.
Furthermore having the proper items is a key factor in your activity being safe and you returning back to enjoy it another day. Take the time to learn about the 10 Essentials so you are prepared for a multi-day hike or a half day walk in the local woods.
As a disclaimer some of the gear I use and have reviewed 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 James is the Manager of this terrific local shop and has helped me with pretty much every purchase in my kit. From clothing to tents and technical climbing gear they have everything I need and recommend them for their expertise and selection.
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 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. Also for great resources on all of this gear are my two very popular posts.
To properly put your technical equipment to use whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, or 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 enough. I had a blast on his 3-day IAG Mountain Skills Fly-In Course .
I hope you find my hiking gear list helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.