Expect variable weather in northern New England and Quebec at any time of year. In addition to walking, we will be sitting outdoors for ecospitirecopsychology exercises, weather permitting. This may require extra layers. Don’t skip any of the items below that are not optional, but don’t overdo it.
Wool is coming back, because it has a readily renewable source, a low carbon footprint and works well when wet. Wool and fleece are good choices when we may encounter the cold, wet or foggy weather that frequents the north country from time to time.
If you have gear questions I will be happy to try to answer them. Better to ask ahead than to be uncomfortable later. Having the right gear is often the difference between a good and a bad experience in the outdoors. If you’re making purchases go where the staff are knowledgeable (EMS, L.L. Bean, Cabela’s, and Maine Sport in Maine).
What follows is a basic three-season list of suggested gear. Winter trips will require other clothing and equipment.
• Hats – One waterproof (or reasonably so) and one for sun protection (unless you have a single hat that meets both requirements).
• Rain Gear – Breathable to avoid excess perspiration. A poncho can be an inexpensive alternative to Gore-tex and other high tech, high cost materials.
• Rain/wind pants (optional)
• Warm insulating layer – Wool or fleece are good options.
• Shirt/Sweater – Lighter wool, chamois, light fleece.
• Wicking base layer – High tech works well here.
• Pants – High tech quick drying materials are best. Jeans and other cotton clothing are not very good in wet conditions.
• Shorts (optional) – Useful on warm weather trips.
• Socks – Several pairs, wool is my favorite.
• Boots – Mid-height lightweight hikers with a waterproof membrane (such as Gore-tex) are a good choice.
• Water shoes (optional) – For getting into ponds, streams, and tide pools.
• Indoor footwear (optional) – slippers, slides, sandals, light and comfortable get you out of wet boots.
• Lightweight comfortable clothing to change when in camp or drying outdoor gear.
• Folding chair (Acadia trip only)
• Daypack (Multi-day pack for Finding the Caribou)
• Hiking poles (optional)
• Camera (optional)
• Reading material (optional)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Hot beverage cup
• Flashlight and/or headlamp
• Knife (optional)
• Sleeping bag – A bag that’s good to at least 40 degrees in summer and 20 degrees in fall is probably a good idea, especially if you’re a cold sleeper.
• Sunglasses (optional)
• Hydration – You should carry water on the trail during the day’s activities. Could be as elaborate as a hydration pack and as simple as a nalgene bottle.
• Sleeping pad
• Snacks (energy bars, etc.)
• Sunblock, at least spf 30 (before October)
• Bug spray (before October)
• Tent (Nahmakanta, Acadia)
• Oryoki set
Note: Total pack weight for the Finding the Caribou trip should be less than 25lbs for men and 20lbs for women. We will be asking you to carry some food, so you will need to have room in your pack. This will also increase the total weight. Pack light!