Avid hiker and outdoorsman, Ross wanted to share how he prepared for a hike. When you start to plan for a hike you have to take into consideration the location, how long is the hike, challenges on your way to the summit, how much water and food you will need and shelter. Ross is packing his Osprey Xenith 88 which he will use for up to a week outing.
When loading the backpack you want to think low and into you so that its balanced properly with your center of gravity. If the weight is up high it will knock you over and will make it more challenging to hike. The sleeping bag and pad is placed in the bottom basement of the pack. Ross continues with placing the REI quarter dome 2 tent at the bottom of the pack. When hiking the big three is referred to the tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
While hiking food and energy is very important. The Jet Boil is an amazingly efficient single burner cooking system. It boils water within minutes which makes it great for hydrating freeze dried food. Utilizing a long bamboo spoon, 1 bowl and 1 cup for the whole hike is very useful. Fresh water is important, Ross uses a Katadyn water pump which is an essential tool for hikes.
Clothing is important and helps protect you while keeping you comfortable. Ross is wearing the HOOK 360° Pro-Series side vented performance shirt thats made in the USA. This performance shirt wicks away moisture, keeps you dry, cool and protects you from the sun with UPF 50 protection. Our neck gaiters also protect from the sun with UPF 30 protection and can be worn several ways. The HOOK 360° neck gaiter is very light and breathable. Finally the HOOK 360° snapback hat is a comfortable go to hat for all your outdoor adventures.