The Walkabout this year requires students to begin preparing themselves now.   You must see the attached list for necessary items;  follow the checklist, read the packets on leave no trace camping; read about  first aid, and study the planned route.    

We will be Hiking the Long Trail from 15th  to 20th  of June

We will be catching the 7:00am boat on June 15th, please be at the boat 1/2 hour before departure.

We will be returning on the 3:45 boat on Saturday, June 20th, arriving in Vineyard Haven at 4:30.

Louis Hall  and  Philippe Jordie - 

Jonah Maidoff and  Janice Perin 


Eli H.

Eli J.









Gavin H


Cell Phone of Chaperones

Jonah Maidoff  ******

Louis Hall *******

Janice Perrin *******

The Trail

From USFS Road 10 Long Trail South to Lost Pond Shelter

To Griffith Lake Tenting

To: Bromley Mountain

To: Spruce Peak

Out on Old RootVille Road parking lot



1. Backpack and three 33 gallon trash bags (for emergency pack cover, ground sheet, clothing storage, etc.)

2. The clothes you are  wearing:
Adequate foot wear and clothing for "ordinary" conditions.
A wool or fleece sweater or shirt.
If too warm I may have to take it off and pack it, but it is not part of the "Extra Clothing"

3. In a plastic zip-lock bag I carry the following small items:

    1. Compass
    2. Mag lite and two extra AA cells
    3. Pocket Knife
    4. Matches wrapped in stretch tight cling plastic wrap
    5. Extra pair of sunglasses

   In a large clear plastic zip-lock bag I keep handy:

    1. a photocopy of a map and
    2. copies of guide book pages for the area I will be in.

   In a separate zip lock bag I carry

    1. first aid supplies,
    2. Sunscreen and
    3. sewing kit.

4. Shelter: one of the following

    1. tent,  (Provided by School – must be checked and set up)
    2. bivy bag,  (We are taking tents, not bivy)
    3. 5 x 7 tarp or (need to cut a footprint to go under the tents)
    4. Space blanket.  (Each of us will carry one – School has them)

5. Extra Clothing. Depends on weather expected, but no less than

    1. waterproof pants and jacket,
    2. polypro longs (top and bottom), and
    3. wool cap.

6. Food for trip plus one extra day.

7. Water bottles

    1. 1.5 L minimum capacity and
    2. Treatment tablets.
    3. In winter, stove and pot to melt snow for water.

8. Sit pad or 3/4 length foam pad (We have some, not all great pads)

9. Personal items:

    1. Toilet paper, (emergency fire starter) bring the last quarter of a roll, don’t need to go overboard.
    2. Tooth brush
    3. Reading glasses (for us older hikers)
    4. Medications etc.  To be given to the Hike leaders for distribution as needed.
    5. Small packet of moist towels (trail shower )

10. Nylon cord, various lengths.
   For setting up tarp, hanging food, tying gear on pack, etc.


Thanks to:  Jim Morrison
Hansville, WA



Appropriate for the terrain you’ll be in. Remember to treat them with a waterproofing agent.


___ Lightweight thermal underwear top (polypropylene)
___ Lightweight thermal underwear bottom (polypropylene)


___ Light Fleece Jacket--200 or 300 weight
___ Light Fleece Vest--200 or 300 weight (optional, use your good judgment)


 ___ Windproof, waterproof, highly-breathable Parka or Jacket--pit zips, 2-way zipper, & pack pockets for ventilation; adjustable hood & hem; and large enough to allow layering underneath.

___ Windproof, waterproof, highly-breathable Pants--full-length side zips for easy entry & ventalation.


___ Hiking Socks & Liners (+ extra pair)
___ Quick-drying hiking shorts (wear over the thermal underwear in cool weather)
___ Thin fleece gloves
___ Fleece Cap or Balaclava (must cover ears)
___ Baseball cap (wool, synthetic--cotton ok in warmer weather)
___ Toilet Paper ¼ roll in plastic sealed container.

___ Hiking Staff (suggested for taller and heavier hikers)
___ Bandanna (cotton ok)

 ___ Gore-Tex Socks (if you can afford them great for damp environs, keeps feet warm & dry)
___ Gaitors (not totally essential-  long for snow or short for scree)
___ Pack Rain Cover (heavy trash bag liner can work instead)
___ Pack Towel (1) Shamwow!  Ha ha…
___ Camera & extra film
___ Parachute Cord (many uses)
___ Duct Tape (many uses)
 ___ Field Watch
 ___ Moleskin (if not part of First Aid Kit)



___ For longer hikes you'll probably need a pack with more capacity to carry the additional over-night gear. A pack with approximately 3000 to 4000 cu in is satisfactory for long weekends and packs with 4400 + cu in are generally used for week-long treks.  



___ Sleeping Pad (if on snow, consider closed-cell / open-cell combination--e.g., full-length, closed-cell Cascade Design Ridge Rest & 3/4 length, ultralight, open-cell Thermarest)

___ Sleeping Bag: 3-Season (light 20 degree bag should be enough most of the time)

 ___ Tent (3 or 4-season)



___ Lightweight Trail Stove (white gas--e.g., Whisperlite; or butane/propane--e.g., Primus Titanium)

___ Stove Fuel--white gas or butane/propane canister (if melting snow for water, take more fuel).

___ 1 medium pot w/lid & pot handle
___ Lexan spoon

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Proper trip planning and preparation helps hikers and campers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably while minimizing damage to natural and cultural resources. Campers who plan ahead can avoid unexpected situations, and minimize their impact by complying with area regulations such as observing limitations on group size.

Proper planning ensures

  • Low-risk adventures because campers obtained information concerning geography and weather and prepared accordingly
  • Properly located campsites because campers allotted enough time to reach their destination
  • Appropriate campfires and minimal trash because of careful meal planning and food repackaging and proper equipment
  • Comfortable and fun camping and hiking experiences because the outing matches the skill level of the participants

Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces

Damage to land occurs when visitors trample vegetation or communities of organisms beyond recovery. The resulting barren areas develop into undesirable trails, campsites, and soil erosion.

Concentrate Activity, or Spread Out?

  • In high-use areas, campers should concentrate their activities where vegetation is already absent. Minimize resource damage by using existing trails and selecting designated or existing campsites.
  •  In more remote, less-traveled areas, campers should generally spread out. When hiking, take different paths to avoid creating new trails that cause erosion. When camping, disperse tents and cooking activities-and move camp daily to avoid creating permanent-looking campsites. Always choose the most durable surfaces available: rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow.

These guidelines apply to most alpine settings and may be different for other areas, such as deserts. Learn the Leave No Trace techniques for your crew's specific activity or destination. Check with land managers to be sure of the proper technique.

Pack It In, Pack It Out

This simple yet effective saying motivates backcountry visitors to take their trash home with them. It makes sense to carry out of the backcountry the extra materials taken there by your group or others. Minimize the need to pack out food scraps by carefully planning meals. Accept the challenge of packing out everything you bring.


Backcountry users create body waste and wastewater that require proper disposal.

Wastewater. Help prevent contamination of natural water sources: After straining food particles, properly dispose of dishwater by dispersing at least 200 feet (about 80 to 100 strides for a youth) from springs, streams, and lakes. Use biodegradable soap 200 feet or more from any water source.

Human Waste. Proper human waste disposal helps prevent the spread of disease and exposure to others. Catholes 6 to 8 inches deep and 200 feet from water, trails, and campsites are often the easiest and most practical way to dispose of feces.

Leave What You Find

Allow others a sense of discovery: Leave rocks, plants, animals, archaeological artifacts, and other objects as you find them. It may be illegal to remove artifacts.

Minimize Site Alterations

Do not dig tent trenches or build lean-tos, tables, or chairs. Never hammer nails into trees, hack at trees with hatchets or saws, or damage bark and roots by tying horses to trees for extended periods. Replace surface rocks or twigs that you cleared from the campsite. On high-impact sites, clean the area and dismantle inappropriate user-built facilities such as multiple fire rings and log seats or tables.

Good campsites are found, not made. Avoid altering a site, digging trenches, or building structures.

Minimize Campfire Use

Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Yet the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires and increasing demand for firewood.

Lightweight camp stoves make low-impact camping possible by encouraging a shift away from fires. Stoves are fast, eliminate the need for firewood, and make cleanup after meals easier. After dinner, enjoy a candle lantern instead of a fire.

If you build a fire, the most important consideration is the potential for resource damage. Whenever possible, use an existing campfire ring in a well-placed campsite. Choose not to have a fire in areas where wood is scarce-at higher elevations, in heavily used areas with a limited wood supply, or in desert settings.

True Leave No Trace fires are small. Use dead and downed wood no larger than an adult's wrist. When possible, burn all wood to ash and remove all unburned trash and food from the fire ring. If a site has two or more fire rings, you may dismantle all but one and scatter the materials in the surrounding area. Be certain all wood and campfire debris is dead out.

Respect Wildlife

Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Considerate campers practice these safety methods:

  • Observe wildlife from afar to avoid disturbing them.
  • Give animals a wide berth, especially during breeding, nesting, and birthing seasons.
  • Store food securely and keep garbage and food scraps away from animals so they will not acquire bad habits. Help keep wildlife wild.

You are too close if an animal alters its normal activities.

"Leave No Trace" Information

For additional Leave No Trace information, contact your local land manager or local office of the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, or the Fish and Wildlife Service. Or, contact Leave No Trace at 800-332-4100 or on the Internet at http://www.lnt.org.

For posters, plastic cards listing the Leave No Trace principles, or information on becoming a Leave No Trace sponsor, contact Leave No Trace Inc., P.O. Box 997, Boulder, CO 80306, phone 303-442-8222.


Respect Others

Thoughtful campers

  • Travel and camp in small groups (no more than the group size prescribed by land managers).
  • Keep the noise down and leave their radios, tape players, and pets at home.
  • Select campsites away from other groups to help preserve their solitude.
  • Always travel and camp quietly to avoid disturbing other visitors.
  • Make sure the colors of their clothing and gear blend with the environment. (NOTE: During Hunting Season, it may be better safe than sorry and wear BRIGHT clothes - especially ORANGE Colors)
  • Respect private property and leave gates (open or closed) as found.

Be considerate of other campers and respect their privacy.