May 17-19, 1998
Zion National Park
Things I learned on this camping trip...
Things that are required:
- backpacker's trowel
- scissors (my small swiss army knife works well) -- used to cut
- water filter
Things that are useful:
- Nalgene bottle which hooks up directly to water filter
- pull-on pants
Things I wish I had:
- CamelBak or Platypus or other hydration system with a tube.
Better for hands-free hiking.
- Motorola TalkAbout
- Ski mask or something for my head while sleeping
- sun hat for my head (burns more easily at higher elevations)
- mosquito netting
Things I didn't bring but probably should have:
- extra flashlight batteries and bulb
- extra camera battery
Things that weren't used:
- umbrella -- poncho is sufficient, and doubles as a tarp for
- Leatherman tool -- perhaps I can find something lighter? Tiny
swiss army knife works for most things.
- sweat pants (well, pull-on pants are sufficient; sweats are
Things I didn't bring and didn't miss:
- need better way of washing dishes?
- should get ThermaRest Staytek Ultra Lite Long
- be positive zip-loc bags are closed - I spilled food all over
when a bag I thought was zipped wasn't.
- put DEET in a separate container (insize a zip-loc bag)
- don't forget a ziploc bag for used toilet paper
- freeze-dried dinners are bulky
- get an ounce-accurate scale
- need a better pillow?
- use more sunscreen
- oatmeal -- 1 regular and 1 flavored isn't sweet enough
- milk, dry cereal a faster alternative for breakfast (instead
- bring large plastic bag for flight if they don't have it (to
put pack in)
- always ask rangers about trails beforehand, and double-triple
check (they lie)