What do I need to buy for my trip?
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This is the list of equipment that individuals are responsible for bringing on the trip. All of the equipment on the list is required for a safe and fun outdoor experience. If you have questions about the adequacy of your gear, or problems getting the right gear, please contact us. We expect you to show up in Norman with all of the following equipment. If you arrive without items or with inadequate equipment, you will have to purchase suitable equipment in Norman. You will be asked to leave any additional items behind (i.e., jeans, knives, etc...). Please bring this list with you when you come to check in. You must have all of your equipment before you leave on the trip.
Where to buy? Most of these items can be purchased locally at a general store, local outdoor store or sports store. Additionally, often good deals can be found online for many of these items. If you are not experienced in the outdoors and are unsure of what to get, we would not recommend you buy boots, packs or sleeping bags online as it is essential you make sure these items are a good fit. There are many online retailers that offer quality goods – here is a list of just a few:
When selecting gear for the trip, remember that you’ll be in the outdoors for six days, so you’ll want to bring only those things you need to be comfortable. Leave behind what isn’t necessary—extra stuff just adds weight. This equipment list is based on years of experience running Outdoor Adventure Trips. If you bring ALL the gear on the list and ONLY the gear on the list, you’ll be comfortable in virtually any situation you’ll encounter on the OA Trip. We will “shake down” your bag before leaving on the trip - if you decided to bring your whole wardrobe, you will be asked to leave it in Norman (you’ll appreciate this the first day of hiking).
Fabrics: For hiking you want clothing that is warm, breathable, and quick-drying. Synthetic fabrics are best because they won’t absorb water, dry quickly, and are relatively windproof. Many people already have synthetic clothing at home, so you may not need to go out and purchase clothing just for this trip. Items like running gear, athletic warm-ups, and skiing / snowboarding gear can easily be used on this trip—so check out your closet or borrow from a friend before going to the store. Lightweight synthetic shirts, underwear, and pants are fine. You should avoid bringing all-cotton clothing since it absorbs water easily and won’t keep you warm if it gets wet. Cotton also retains water so that it takes a very long time to dry. Do NOT bring all-cotton clothes such as sweatshirts, sweatpants, or jeans.
Dressing for the Weather: Weather is unpredictable, so you’ll need to bring a range of clothing for various temperatures, as well as rain. During the day, Pecos temperatures at the end of summer can range from the mid-40s F at the low end to the upper 70s F. Temperatures can be considerably cooler at night, though, dropping into the 30s F and 40s F. (Mean Temperatures: 77 / 47. Record Temperatures: 87 / 34)
Layering: Dressing in layers is the most efficient way to stay comfortable in the outdoors. By bringing several different layers, you can add or remove clothing to match your activity level and the weather conditions.
● The Base/Wicking Layer keeps the skin comfortable and dry, which is essential for controlling your temperature. Polypropylene or other synthetic fabrics are ideal since they wick moisture away from your skin. Such lightweight synthetics, synthetic blends, or wool provide good ventilation for the skin to keep you dry and cool. During the day you’ll probably be hiking in a T-shirt and shorts.
● The Middle Layer is made up of a long sleeve shirt and long pants, which provide insulation and some protection from the elements. You may wear these while hiking for cooler temperatures or to protect you from sun, or at camp at night and in the early morning.
● The Outer Layer—usually a fleece jacket, light down jacket, or wool sweater—provides insulation. Synthetic fleece fabrics (such as Polartec) don’t absorb water, so they keep you warm even if they get wet. You’ll wear this layer around camp at night and in the early morning when it is cooler.
● The Shell Layer protects you from wind and rain. A waterproof rain jacket is vital in case of bad weather. A coated nylon rain jacket is lightweight, inexpensive, and works well. Waterproof-breathable fabrics like Gore-tex also work well but can be expensive. Raingear is not only essential for the OA Trip, but also will get plenty of use on campus. All rain gear must be tested in the shower prior to arriving on campus. Note - water resistant is not the same as waterproof.
● For the final layer, your Head, bring a wide-brimmed hat for sun and rain protection. At night, you’ll need a wool or synthetic fleece hat to keep you warm—it can get colder than you think at night.
Think Before You Buy! Although backpacking requires specialized gear, you may be surprised how many items you already own or can borrow from a friend or relative. For example, you likely already own the synthetic clothing that is best for backpacking. Borrowing gear not only saves you money, but also contributes to Outdoor Adventure’s effort to be environmentally friendly in our activities. Borrow (or improvise!) first, then buy used gear if you can so that polluting/non-renewable resources are not being consumed to manufacture your new gear. Items that are most appropriate to buy new are those that require precise fitting (like boots) and those that you will use a lot around campus after the Outdoor Adventure Trip (like a rain jacket). If you are buying new gear, please ask retailers to show you products made from recycled or sustainable materials, or search online for different sustainable or environmentally friendly options.