($) - pricier items that you may want to save up for
- ($) Waterproof hiking boots that will cover your ankles. There is a REI in College Park, I would suggest stopping by there and trying on boots for sizing. Ordering online may be best for prices and selection.
- Some brands we recommend are Vasque, Merrell, Keen, Asolo.
- www.SierraTradingPost.com has a lot of gear and you can easily find coupons (20% off $200 boots is significant)
- http://www.rei.com/outlet can save you a lot of money on REI gear
- Wear these in before going to camp unless you want blisters...
- Water bottle(s) +/- a backpack bladder. We would suggest bringing 3-4 liters of water into the field each day. You can buy fairly cheap bladders at Walmart.
- You should use a bladder rather than water bottles. It allows you to drink on the go and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. However, also carry a water bottle as backup.
Keeps pencils, colored pencils, acid, and other stuff in one spot so you don’t lose stuff.
- A commonly used pouch is from Plateau Design ($30), and others even used a fanny pack.
Pencils, colored pencils.
Depends on field camp, but can also use fine tip pens (suggested Pigma Micron Pens).
- If using mechanical pencil, use hard lead (soft lead isn't precise enough for making maps)
- 24 pack colored pencils is probably better than 12 pack.
Estwing is common geology hammer (google "geology hammer"....).
Hand lens (10x magnification)
- Map board/clip board. Can be a classic clipboard or a sheet holder. A sheet holder will protect your map from the elements.
- Protractor with straight edge. You will want a small plastic protractor for drawing strike/dip.
($) Rain Jacket.
- NEVER FORGET TO TAKE THIS IN THE FIELD.
($) Day pack.
A small to medium sized backpack that can hold your water, writing utensils, first aid, layers of clothing, etc…
- You can typically find Camelbaks and other day packs from REI, REI outlet, or Sierra Trading Post for $40 - $80 if you want to buy a nice field pack.
- Alternatively, a normal backpack would work as well.
($) Lightweight field clothes:
lightweight pants (
wear shorts in the field!) and long sleeve shirts (mountain sun will burn you quickly). You may also want to buy quick drying or waterproof pants.
- Sierra Trading Post has great cheap-ish field clothes.
- Zip-off pants with cargo pockets are clutch.
A wide brimmed hat/something to cover your face and neck from the sun
- You don't get sunburned? We will see after 6 weeks of 10 hour days outside at high altitude...
- Camera/phone camera. Beware, sometimes camps will not allow phones in the field.
- ($) Camping equipment – this will depend on the camp.
- Small bags/ziplocs for labeling samples you may want to bring home.
- Laptop – again this depends on the field camp.
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