Item Fall/Spring Winter Summer (Overnight Hike) Summer (Day Hike)
Footwear
Boots 1 Pair - Light Hiking Boots

Comments:  Tennis Shoes  are not allowed.  The terrain is rocky, steep and very uneven.  Tennis Shoes will not give the support and protection you need.  You cannot rent the boots.  You either have to borrow them from a friend or buy them.  EMS stores in CT have a good variety of hiking boots.  If you want more detailed info on the boots, let me know. 

1 Pair - Mountaineering Boots

Comments:  Double Plastics  or Leather Boots.  Plastic Boots are the warmest.   

1 Pair - Light Hiking Boots or Tennis Shoes

You are not required to bring Light Hiking Boots, although I highly recommend them.  The boots will give you a lot better support to handle the steep, rocky, wet and uneven terrain.  EMS stores in CT have a good variety of hiking boots. 

1 Pair - Light Hiking Boots or Tennis Shoes

You are not required to bring Light Hiking Boots, although I highly recommend them.  The boots will give you a lot better support to handle the steep, rocky, wet and uneven terrain.  EMS stores in CT have a good variety of hiking boots. 

Night/Camp Shoes 1 Pair - Close Shoes

Comments:  These are to be used while in camp, in the morning and at night.  A pair of comfortable old Tennis Shoes is a good choice.  Any shoe that is lightweight and “close” (to provide warmth) is OK.  NO sandals.  These are considered “open” footwear.  They provide no insulation and your feet will get cold very quickly.  

1 Pair - Down Booties

Comments:  If you are using plastic boots, you can use the inner boot as your close shoe.

1 Pair - Close Shoes (Optional)

Comments:  These are to be used while in camp, in the morning and at night.  A pair of comfortable old Tennis Shoes or any kind of "comfy" shoes will do.  If you are ok with using the same shoes you used during the day to hike, then you do not need these shoes.  You can also use sandals, just remember that depending on the temperature, this option could result in cold feet!

No
Socks 3 Pairs

Comments: I recommend that at least one pair is made of wool or some synthetic material.  It would be best to have all socks made of wool or some synthetic fabric. 

3 Pairs

Comments: All socks must be synthetic or wool.

2 Pairs

Comments: I recommend that at least one pair is made of wool or some synthetic material.  It would be best to have all socks made of wool or some synthetic fabric. 

2 Pairs (Optional)

Comments: I recommend that at least one pair is made of wool or some synthetic material.  It would be best to have all socks made of wool or some synthetic fabric. 

Insulation/Layers

Cotton Vs Synthetic/Wool – The less cotton you have on you, the more comfortable and warm you will be.  In mountaineering we have a saying: Cotton KILLS.  Cotton is a natural fabric, which absorbs and retains water.  You do NOT want clothing that absorbs or retains water while in the mountains. Why???  More weight for you to carry and wet clothes will take away a lot of heat from your body. Wool or Synthetic clothing is the way to go.  
Long Underwear - Bottom 1 - light or medium weight long underwear.

Comments: To sleep at night, use in the morning or at night while in camp.  You can bring sweat pants if you want.

2 - medium or heavy weight long underwear.

Comments: You can combined it and bring one of each.  This will depend on the weather (temperature) for the weekend.

Optional No
Long Sleeve Shirt/Underwear - Top 1 - light or medium weight

Comments: To sleep at night, use in the morning or at night while in camp. 

2 - medium weight

Comments: You can combined it and bring one of each.  This will depend on the weather (temperature) for the weekend.

No No
Shorts 1 - Pair of Shorts

Comments: To use during the day.  NO JEANS.  Shorts MUST be made of nylon or some other synthetic fabric.  NO JEANS.

No 1 - Pair of Shorts

Comments: To use during the day.  NO JEANS.  Shorts MUST be made of nylon or some other synthetic fabric.  NO JEANS.

1 - Pair of Shorts

Comments: To use during the day.  NO JEANS.  Shorts MUST be made of nylon or some other synthetic fabric.  NO JEANS.

Underwear 2 2 2 1
T-Shirt 2 No 2 2
Fleece 2

Comments: One can be a sweatshirt.

1 1 1
Down Parka Optional 1 Down Parka or WARM Coat

Comment: This is your warmest layer.  If you do not have a down jacket, then bring a heavy winter coat.

No No
Long Pants 1 - Light Weight Hiking Pant

Comment: To use during the day.  NO JEANS.  Long pants MUST be made of nylon or some other synthetic fabric.  NO JEANS.

No 1 - Light Weight Hiking Pant

Comment: To use during the day.  NO JEANS.  Long pants MUST be made of nylon or some other synthetic fabric.  NO JEANS.

1 - Light Weight Hiking Pant

Comment: To use during the day.  NO JEANS.  Long pants MUST be made of nylon or some other synthetic fabric.  NO JEANS.

Balaclava Optional 1 No No
Winter Hat 1 1 Optional Optional

Outerwear

Jacket/Shell 1 Mountaineering or Ski Jacket 1 Mountaineering or Ski Jacket 1 Light Jacket

Comments: It should be windproof.  A hood is a plus.

1 Light Jacket

Comments: It should be windproof. A hood is a plus. 

Pants/Shell 1 Pair of Shell/Ski Pants

Comments: This is your wind/snow protection layer.  It should be wind proof and water resistant.

1 Pair of Shell/Ski Pants

Comments: This is your wind/snow protection layer.  It should be waterproof and breathable (i.e. GORTEX).

No No
Winter Gloves 1 Pair of Skiing Glove 1 Pair of Mountaineering/Skiing Gloves No No
Rain Coat Poncho/Rain Coat

Comment: If you are taking a waterproof shell, the rain coat becomes an optional item.

No Poncho/Rain Coat

Comment: If you are taking a waterproof shell, the rain coat becomes an optional item.

Poncho/Rain Coat

Comment: If you are taking a waterproof shell, the rain coat becomes an optional item.

Baseball Cap 1 No 1 1
Sunglasses 1 1 1 1
Light Winter Gloves 1 Pair 1 Pair Optional No

Backpacking Equipment

Backpack 1 1 1 1
Sleeping Bag 20Deg F 0Deg F or Lower 40Deg F No
Sleeping Pad 1 1 1 No
Large Garbage Bag 1 1 1 No
Water Bottles 2 1-Liter Bottles 2 1-Liter Bottles 2 1-Liter Bottles 2 1-Liter Bottles
Toilet Paper Enough... Enough... Enough... Enough...
Ziploc Bags Yes

Comments: Ziplocs are used to store/organize things inside your tent and to protect your clothing/gear in your backpack against water (in case of rain) 

Yes

Comments: Ziplocs are used to store/organize things inside your tent and to protect your clothing/gear in your backpack against water (in case of rain or snow/ice melt) 

Yes

Comments: Ziplocs are used to store/organize things inside your tent and to protect your clothing/gear in your backpack against water (in case of rain)

Optional

Comments: Ziplocs are used to protect your clothing/gear in your backpack against water (in case of rain)

Head Lamp/Flashlight Yes Yes Yes Optional
Plate, cup and spoon 1 of each 1 of each 1 of each No
Spoon, Fork, Knife Optional Optional Optional Optional
Pots and Pans Shared Item Shared Item Shared Item No
Stove and Fuel Shared Item Shared Item Shared Item No
Matches/Lighter Shared Item Shared Item Shared Item No
Sponge Optional Optional Optional No
Water Carrier No No Shared Item No
Paper Towels Yes Yes Yes No
Small Towel Yes Yes Yes No
Water Filter Shared Item Shared Item Shared Item Shared Item
Tent 2-3 Person / 3 Season 2-3 Person/ 4 Season 2-3 Person / 2-3 Season

Comments: If a shelter or lean-too is available, no tent will be needed.

No
Whistle Optional Optional Optional Optional
Compass Optional Optional Optional Optional
Map Optional Optional Optional Optional
Hand Sanitizer Optional Optional Optional Optional
Surgical Gloves Optional Optional Optional Optional
Gaiters Optional Yes No No
Mini Gaiters Optional No Optional Optional
Goggles No Yes No No
First Aid Kit Optional Optional Optional Optional
Duck Tape Optional Optional Optional Optional
Rope Optional Optional Optional No
Trekking Poles Optional Optional Optional Optional
Camel Pack Optional Optional Optional Optional
Bug Spray No No Optional Optional
Utility Rope Optional Optional Optional No
Knife Optional Optional Optional Optional
Tie Straps Optional Optional Optional Optional
Batteries As Needed As Needed As Needed As Needed
Super Gaiters No Optional No No
Overboots No Optional No No
Tool Kit Optional Optional Optional No
Stuff Sacks Optional Optional Optional No
Utility Biners Optional Optional Optional Optional
Camera Optional Optional Optional Optional
GPS Optional Optional Optional Optional
Ear Warmers/Muffs Optional Optional Optional No
Toothbrush and Paste Optional Optional Optional No
Ear Plugs Optional Optional Optional No
Soap (Bar/Camp/Dish/Hair) Optional Optional Optional No
Water Shoes No No Optional No
Zitronela Optional No Optional No
Aluminum Foil Optional Optional Optional No
Two Way Radio Optional Optional Optional Optional
Cooler No No Optional No
Charcoal No No Optional No
Air Mattress and Pump No No Optional No
Swimsuit No No Optional No

Food

Dinner/Breakfast Bring foods that require just boiling water to be cooked. For example: Packed Dried food, mash potatoes, boil ready pasta, bread, Oat Meal (avena), bagels, soup mixes, boil ready rice, drink mixes (Hot chocolate, tea, coffee), Beef Jerky… Do not bring foods that require “real cooking”. The stoves are used mainly to boil water. Canned food is NOT a good idea. They are very heavy!!!!
Snacks/Lunch Snacks must be high in carbohydrates: Carbohydrate Gu/Gummy's/Jelly-Beans, Candy (M&M, Sneakers, chocolate…), Dried fruit, Cameo, Oreos, Nilla Wafers, Trail Mix, Granola Bars, Power Bars, Animal Crackers …