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Equipment

Your 48-hour pack should be a full-sized external or internel frame pack (approximately 4,000(+) cubic inch size range) with a sturdy bag and hip strap. The items that make up your 48-hour pack are as follows:

Clothing to be worn:

  • Lug soled boots (leather or waterproof synthetic uppers)
  • Wool or synthetic boot socks
  • Wool or fleece pants
  • Wool or fleece shirt

Clothing to be worn or carried in pack:

  • One extra set of season-appropriate clothing
  • Stocking cap
  • Gloves or mittens (wool or fleece)
  • Leather Gloves
  • RAIN GEAR (not cheap plastic)
  • Jacket or coat
  • Gaiters (recommended)

Shelter or sleeping gear:

  • Plastic or nylon tarp (10'x12')
  • Ground cloth (5'x7' tarp)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag (syntheitc fill is best)
  • 8-Heavy aluminum tent stakes & cord for tarp set-up

Food and cooking gear:

  • Small stove and extra fuel
  • Mess kit and utensils
  • Two water bottles (plastic - quart size)
  • Food (two day supply)

Navigation Kit:

  • *Compass
  • *Rite-In-The-Rain Notebook, pencil, and Sharpie fine-point marker
  • *Ruler and 360' protractor
    (*available from WESAR store)

Personal gear:

  • Toilet Paper (store inside Ziploc)
  • Headlamp
  • Extra Batteries
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap or hand sanitizer & washcloth

Emergency Gear

  • First aid kit (1-person backpacking)
  • Survival Kit
    • Emerency shelter
    • 20' of light cord
    • Waterproof matches
    • Butane lighter
    • Fire Starter
    • Candle stub
    • Water Purifier tablets
    • Signal mirror
    • Whistle
    • 2-Chemlite sticks
    • Pocketknife
    • Garbage sack
    • Small flashlight

 


Your 24-hour pack is a daypack and is carried during a single day search operation. It is primarily a daypack but must contain emergency bivouac capability. It must contain ALL the items in your 48-hour pack EXCEPT:

 
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Ground Cloth or Tarp

 

  • Extra clothing
  • Extra fuel
PACK ALL ITEMS IN PLASTIC BAGS!!! HEAVY DUTY GARBAGE SACKS OR ZIPLOCK BAGS WORK GREAT.