10 essentials every hiker should carry in their backpack

10 essentials every hiker should carry in their backpack

The Colorado Mountain Club recommends all hikers carry the following items in their backpacks:

  • Navigation tools (map and compass)
  • Headlamp
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition (CMC recommends bringing extra in case you are caught on the mountain overnight)
  • Sun protection (hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Insulation
  • First aid items
  • Repair kit
  • Fire starter (waterproof matches, lighter)
  • Shelter (space blanket, bivy sack)

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