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.
1. Backpack and three 33 gallon trash bags (for emergency pack cover, ground sheet, clothing storage, etc.)
2. The clothes you are wearing:
3. In a plastic zip-lock bag I carry the following small items:
In a large clear plastic zip-lock bag I keep handy:
In a separate zip lock bag I carry
4. Shelter: one of the following
5. Extra Clothing. Depends on weather expected, but no less than
6. Food for trip plus one extra day.
7. Water bottles
8. Sit pad or 3/4 length foam pad (We have some, not all great pads)
9. Personal items:
10. Nylon cord, various lengths.
Thanks to: Jim
Appropriate for the terrain you’ll be in. Remember to treat them with a waterproofing agent.
BASE LAYERS: ( NO COTTON ! )
___ Lightweight thermal underwear top (polypropylene)
___ Light Fleece Jacket--200 or 300 weight
___ 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.
OTHER BACKPACKING ESSENTIALS:
___ Hiking Socks & Liners (+ extra pair)
___ Hiking Staff (suggested for taller and heavier hikers)
___ 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
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
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?
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.
Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Considerate campers practice these safety methods:
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.
Be considerate of other campers and respect their privacy.