The Great Outdoors

Gear Closet: Peak Bagging Edition

Get 14er-prepared with these trekking essentials, plus a checklist for your pack.

By Todd Hartley July 26, 2017 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

The Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared,” will serve you well for climbing 14ers. Prepare for rapidly changing weather (blistering sun, rain, snow—all in the same day!); to be out longer than you anticipated; to be hungry and thirsty; and for the possibility that you may need to spend an unexpected night on the trail.

Pack Checklist:

Long pants suitable for hiking and climbing
Long-sleeved shirt
Lightweight but warm midlayer (fleece, wool, or insulated)
Waterproof/windproof jacket
Knit hat
Lightweight gloves
Enough food, snacks, and water (a large hydration bladder or several water bottles)
Compact space blanket
First aid kit
Multitool like a Swiss Army knife
Route description

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The Micro Vario Carbon DSS collapsible trekking poles from Leki have a new dynamic suspension system that reduces vibration along the trail—and saves your knees on the descent. $220,

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Petzl's revamped ultralight Sirocco helmet now offers more protection to the back and side of the head, and weighs just about 1/3 of a pound. $130,

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Lowa's split-leather, waterproof Acro GTX Mid trekking boots (Sassa for women) provide the foot and ankle support you'll need in a lightweight package. $235,

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Gregory's Maven 35 women's pack (Paragon for men) provides easy carrying and great ventilation, while holding everything you'll need on a peak. $160, 

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Portability defines the sunnies from year-old Popticals and its Popstars impact-resistant Carl Zeiss lenses that are treated to repel dirt, dust, and liquids. In just a few easy steps, the Italian-made shades fold down into a compact size that fits in the palm of your hand.A similarly sized, hardshell carrying case slips neatly into your jacket pocket, bike bag, or backpack. From $189,

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