Gear Guide 2012: The Ten Essentials

Get prepped with this core gear.

First Aid

Minimalist Kit: Adventure Medical Kits SOL Survival Medic

Sun Protection

Sunscreen: Elemental Herbs Zinc Sunscreen

Hat: Outdoor Research Revel Convertible Cap

Shirt: Columbia Solar Polar 1/2 Zip

Extra Food

Emergency Calories: Bridgford Ready To Eat Sandwiches


Do-it-All: Gerber Steady Multitool


Headlamp: Black Diamond Icon Headlamp


SteriPen Freedom Water Treatment


Wenger Fidis Lighter


Brunton O.S.S. 10B Compass

Custom Maps: MyTopo/BACKPACKER Pro Maps

Long-trail Maps: Pocket Profile Maps

Emergency Shelter

Minimalist Kit: Adventure Medical Kits Escape Bivvy Blanket

Trekking Poles

Alpine: Dynafit Broad Peak Trekking Poles

Packable:Leki Micro Stick Trekking Poles

Lightweight: Helinox Featherlite Trekking Poles


Super-fit Pants: Helly Hansen Odin Quick-Dry Pant

Minimalist Pants: Stoic Microlith Softshell Pant

Mountain Hardwear Rifugio Trek Shorts

Puffy: The North Face Think About It Jacket


Heavyweight: E.C.W.C.S. Thermal Zone Polartec Power
Dry Baselayers

Midweight: Duofold Champion Varitherm

Underwear: Polarmax TransDRY Cotton Underwear


Midweight: Balega X Athlete Multisport Crew Socks

Lightweight: FITS Performance Trail Socks

Ultralight: Patagonia ULW Merino Crew Socks