Equipment

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Each individual’s gear must be able to fit into a 5 gallon bucket with a lid (NOT included in this gear is your sleeping bag, sleeping pad, coat and 2nd pair of shoes). The bucket serves a number of functions. It allows each trek family to organize and pack their handcarts, keeps your gear waterproof, and provides a seat for you to sit on. The early handcart pioneers allowed 17 pounds of gear when they came west. BE SURE TO WRITE YOUR NAME ON ALL OF YOUR GEAR!

Reminder: Please bring food for Tuesday morning breakfast on the bus.

  • One 5-gallon bucket with lid, labeled with your NAME & WARD to contain ALL clothing and gear (except your sleeping bag, pad, 2nd pair of shoes and coat)
  • One flashlight
  • Leather gloves for pulling the handcart
  • 3 Heavy duty plastic trash bags: one for your sleeping bag, one for wet/dirty clothing,
    and one to keep your bucket dry
  • 1 Warm sleeping bag. It can get very cold at night
  • 1 sleeping pad (or backpacking pad)
  • 1 Metal Pie plate, 1 tin cup and 1 metal spoon (These are essential). These should be
    labeled with your name. Enamelware or stainless steel collapsible cups are OK. NOTE:
    We will not supply water bottles or disposable cups.
  • STURDY 32oz water bottle
  • 1 small package of Handi wipes
  • 1 small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Personal hygiene items: 1 small hand towel, 1 comb or brush, 1 toothbrush and small
    tube of toothpaste
  • Prescription medications if needed, labeled in the original pack (will be checked in with
    the medical staff)
  • Chapstick
  • Insect repellent WITH DEET for mosquitoes
  • Band-Aids and Moleskin for footcare
  • Sunblock
  • 2 Bandannas
  • 1 pillowcase (to make a pillow out of your jacket)
  • Set of old scriptures in a Ziploc bag
  • Journal and writing instrument
  • Picture of your family
  • Optional: inexpensive camera in a sturdy, waterproof case
  • If you wear prescription lenses, glasses instead of contacts. It is extremely difficult to
    care for contact lenses in the wilderness

Optional items: Camera (You will not be allowed to use your phone for this!!), Harmonica, or other small instrument.

NO electronic items! You will not be allowed to bring cell phones, ipods, ipads, mp3/mp4 players, etc. Absolutely no electronics of any kind. Leave them at home.
Also, do not bring jewelry, watches, wallets, cash, cosmetics, personal food, gum, or candy

Clothing

 

MEN should bring:

  • 2 pairs of wool, canvas or cotton pants (not Levis)
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts (old dress shirts with the collars removed)
  • 1 wide-brimmed western style hat (no baseball or army hats allowed)
  • 1 pair suspenders
  • 1 coat (heavy and warm)
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 1 pair of shoes that can get wet (an old pair of tennis shoes would work)
  • 1 pair of shoes to hike in (no need to buy new ones. Make sure that your shoes are well-broken in.
    Sturdy running shoes or tennis shoes work best. Hiking boots tend to be heavy, inflexible and are likely
    to rub your feet, which means blisters and pain. )
  • 4-6 pairs of sturdy socks
  • 3 sets of underclothing
  • PJs (t-shirt and sweat pants)
  • Towel and a modest swimsuit
  • Comfortable change of clothes (for ride home, placed in extra bag with swimsuit and towel)*
  • DEODORANT/ ANTIPERSPIRANT

WOMEN should bring:

  • 2 mid-calf length, long-sleeved dresses or 2 mid-calf skirts
  • 2 long sleeve blouses
  • 1 or 2 bonnets
  • 1 pair of knee-length bloomers (can be made out of old pajama bottoms or hospital pants)
  • 1 apron with deep pockets
  • 1 coat (heavy and warm)
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 1 pair of shoes that can get wet (an old pair of tennis shoes would work)
  • 1 pair of shoes to hike in (no need to buy new ones. Make sure that your shoes are well-broken in.
    Sturdy running shoes or tennis shoes work best. Hiking boots tend to be heavy, inflexible and are likely
    to rub your feet, which means blisters and pain. )
  • 4-6 pairs of sturdy socks
  • 3 sets of underclothing
  • PJs (t-shirt and sweat pants)
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Towel and modest swimsuit
  • Comfortable change of clothes (for ride home, placed in extra bag with swimsuit and towel)*
  • DEODORANT/ ANTIPERSPIRANT

* Please bring your swimsuit, towel and a change of comfortable clothing (to be worn on the bus ride home) in an extra bag (label it!) so that it can be left on the bus during Trek. We will be swimming and changing into these clothes before the ride back to Moscow.

Please arrive in pioneer clothing. You will be wearing one set of clothing when you arrive, and the other set you will use for changing. Ask around or visit a second hand store.

Don’t wear clothing that you wouldn’t want subjected to heavy use.

ALL ITEMS MUST FIT IN THE TREK BUCKET, with the exception of your coat, sleeping bag and pad and second pair of shoes.

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