- KE6MAK Thank you for your response. Proper footwear is high on my must get list. After my wet and sliippery hike I want to find a boot that has good tread and also is waterproof. I did have some trekking poles with me which really helped a lot!
Peter (KD0YOB) Thank you for the contact. I only made 4 contacts so your call was necessary for me to officially activate the summit - Thank you!
W6PNG - Thanks for the link to the REI “ten essentials”. I have to admit that I did not have all ten with me on this recent summit hike. Looks like a visit to the local REI is in order to make sure I have the essentials covered for the next outing. Also, I have been thinking about a device such as the DeLorme InReach just as a backup for safety… my wife really likes this idea as well
ZS1FSX - Thank you for your thoughtful response! I read your list just after waking up and your #7 suggestion of Jungle oats sure sounds goods! It was interesting to see how switching to a bladder system has worked for you. I have been grappling with the same issue of whether or not to continue carrying water in a bottle or switch to the bladder. There has been a few hikes where my water level gets dangerously low and I think I can carry more if I go with a bladder system so I am leaning in that direction right now. I also think I will tend to drink with greater frequency if I use the bladder system which is probably better.
NIEU - I see that there are a lot of low hiking shoes on the market. The one advantage to these is that they seem to be lighter. Many boots that cover the ankle tend to be heavier it seems to me… and I do prefer a lighter shoe…This last hike I used trekking poles (which I just purchased) and I honestly don’t think I would have made it to the summit without them!
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I really appreciate them! They have helped shape my thinking as I go out to look for better hiking equipment…