What trekking Equipment do you need when hiking?

Trekking Equipment

The equipment you select when preparing for a trekking travel adventure is probably the most important aspect of this exciting outdoor pursuit.

As you have to carry everything yourself, you need to be careful and get a balance between taking too much and too little.

Of course where you intend to trek will dictate whether you need to keep warm, protect yourself from insects, have the right kit for the terrain etc., but here is a basic list of items that you should look to be taking.
This is a basic list of essential items and you should look to be carrying no more than 15 – 20kg’s

Trekking Equipment

– Lightweight thermal tops
– Fleece jacket
– Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket depending on conditions
– Lightweight thermal gloves
– Underwear (4)
– Shorts (2)
– Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
– Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
– Sun hat or scarf
– Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
– T-shirts (2)
– Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
– Sunglasses with UV protection
– Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
– Head lamp spare bulbs & batteries
– Small padlock to lock trek bag
– Basic First Aid Kit
-One or two person tent
– Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
– Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
– Camping mattress, e.g. thermarest pad
– Water bottles (2)
– Toiletries
– Small wash towel
– Footwear appropriate to the trip
– Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
Of course if you are planning to be away from civilisation for any length of time you will need to think about adding food and water, plus energy tablets to this list
We also recommend you take some telescopic trekking poles to assist with your walking

Of course you will need proper hiking boots and spare laces (which we will look at later)
If you can fit them in binoculars, iPod, reading books would also be a welcome addition.

Trekking Equipment

Hillerberg Atko
TENT

In respect of what tent to take, the smaller and lighter the better. However you will need something that can stand up to windy and wet conditions.
The Hilleberg Akto is one such tent.

While somewhat heavier than a bivy bag, the Hilleberg Akto offers significantly more space, and its vestibule will easily hold all your gear. Yet it still stuffs down to a package that easily fits into a pack’s side pocket, and its single-pole, tunnel design sheds wind, snow and rain with nary a problem.

Pitching the Akto is simplicity itself. Insert the pole into the pole sleeve, place the end into the pole tensioner, then peg the corners and the guy lines on each end, and, voila: instant shelter! Fiberglass rods in the corners of the outer tent provide extra height, eliminating the claustrophobia that many solo tents cause. In windier conditions, the side guy lines ensure stability.

The tent weighs only 1.3kg and has a double wall and is 87inches long by 36 inches wide. The single pole makes it easy to carry and erect. The tent is made of Kerlon 1200 fabric and has adjustable vents at both ends of the tent.
Prices start at $520.

Hilleberg Akto

BOOTS

The proper boots are going to be the difference between a great trip and a nightmare one. In older times, the boot would be made of leather. However with the invention of so many synthetic materials, this isn’t always the case.
La Sportiva – Trango Ext Evo Light GTX

La Sportiva Ext Evo Light
All synthetic, waterproof and insulated; La Sportiva’s Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX is the perfect lightweight, warm technical mountain boot for ice climbing, mixed climbing and cold weather alpine pursuits. The completely rigid 6-7mm HP3 midsole accepts automatic crampons and are great when standing on edges when out of your crampons. The 3D Flex™ ankle hinge allows side to side movement for better footwork while still providing longitudinal lockout when front pointing.

The boot weighs only 30.51 oz. and is made of a water repellent cordura. Prices start from around $420.

SLEEPING BAG

Getting a good night’s sleep whatever the temperature to recharge your batteries for the next day’s trekking is critical and a good sleeping bag will make a massive difference to your mental and physical state.
Introducing the Western mountaineering – Antelope MF

Antelope MF
When places like the Sierras or Rocky Mountains are your stomping grounds and you need a light and warm bag to push the 3-season boundaries, leave nothing to chance with the Western Mountaineering Antelope MF. Its roomy 62″ shoulder girth allows for comfort and the 7″ loft from 26 ounces of high-lofting 850+ down provides warmth to 5° F. The security of this bag is sealed with a full 3-dimensional down-filled Super Collar and a robust draft tube.

The Antelope’s highly moisture-resistant MicroLite XP™ shell retains maximum breathability, and makes for a very compact and light bag. The Antelopes take over in early spring and last till late fall, and are the most substantial of Western’s 3-season bags.

Like all of Western Mountaineering’s bags, the Antelope MF is made by hand in San Jose, California.
Prices are around $550.00

BACKPACK

A quality backpack is also important so you can carry your expedition gear in comfort

Osprey – Xenith 88

Xenith-88
Osprey’s Xenith 88 has enough space for over a week in the backcountry or full-on mountaineering trips. Deluxe is the key word here: a cushy yet supportive BioformCM™ hipbelt and shoulder harness help you haul monster loads up to 75 lbs. as comfortably as possible. The Xenith series is full of features to help you organize and access your gear with ease.

— Dual compartment top pocket converts to lumbar pack with built-in belt
— External hydration sleeve in back panel simplifies refilling and protects contents from spills
— Two roomy front pockets with coated zippers help keep often needed items handy
— Stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear
— Curved side zips on each side of pack provide wide, easy access to main compartment
— Wide-mouth access sleeping bag compartment with divider
— Zippered hip belt pockets provide secure storage
— Dual access stretch mesh side pockets
— Dual side compression straps
— Removable sleeping pad straps
— Two ice axe loops and handle wraps
— Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment
— New BioForm4™ harness with NeoSpacer™ fabric provides a comfortable fit
— Single 6061-T6 center stay maintains back panel shape

The cost is around $350

BINOCULARS

Brunton Echo Pocket Scope

Brunton Echo Pocket Scope
The Brunton Echo Pocket Scope is an easy to use scope that gives you a 180 ft. field of view at 1000 yards. 7x power. The scope weighs only 1.8oz and will fit easily into a pocket on your backpack.

The cost is around $25

Trekking Insurance

Of course whilst safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of any trip, you would be unwise not to take out some form of trekking insurance and in a lot of cases this is compulsory.

You should make sure that any insurance you take, include all your expensive gear, medical expenses, including helicopter rescue, search and rescue and repatriation.

There are a number of travel insurers, who specialise in backpacker insurance and are able to tailor a package to your specific needs. There are a number of good sites like that’s insurance who explain the types of cover in more detail and you should familiarize yourself with the salient points before getting quotes.
Trekking Insurance

Nikon Monarch Riflescope and Laser Targeting reviews

Nikon Monarch Gold Riflescope Review

nikon monarch

Low light hunting doesn’t get any better than with the Nikon Monarch Gold 2.5-10×56 RifleScope. Delivering an incredible 5.7mm exit pupil at 10x, these Nikon Rifle Scopes also offer up a huge field of view at its lower magnification.

Nikon Monarch Rifle Scope is perfect for the standard hunter who wants to utilize every last second of legal shooting light, verminters and predator hunters. These hunting rifle scopes have side focus parallax adjustment for added precision and resolution for the longest shots. Nikon Monarch Gold 2.5-10×56 SF Matte Reticle Riflescope is equipped with fully multicoated lenses, and 1/4 – minute click hand turn reticle adjustments. nikon monarch

Nikon Monarch Gold 2.5-10×56 Riflescope has four times magnification range and rugged, one piece 30mm main body tube. Nikon Monarch Gold 2.5-10 x 56 SF Matte German #4 and Nikoplex Reticle Riflescope also has Ultra Clearcoat System for 95% light transmission. Nikon Monarch Riflescopes are waterproof, fogproof and shockproof, and of cause, guaranteed for life by Nikon. Optical quality second to none and a rifle scope for every situation means a Monarch Gold Riflescope is ready for whatever you are.

Key Features:
– Fully multicoated lenses
– Lifetime Full Warranty
– 1/4-minute click handturn reticle adjustments
– Locking side focus parallax adjustment
– Quick Focus Eyepiece
– Four times magnification range
– 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof
– Rugged, one-piece 30 mm main body tube
– Ultra ClearCoat System for 95% light transmission

Technical Specifications:
– Finish: Matte
– Actual Magnification: 2.5x-9.7x nikon scope sight
– Objective Diameter: 56mm
– Exit Pupil (mm): 22.4-5.6
– Eye Relief (in): 4-4
– FOV @ 100 yds (ft): 38.8-10.5
– Tube Diameter: 30mm
– Objective Tube (mm/in): 65/2.56
– Eyepiece O.D. (mm): 43
– Length (in): 13.8
– Weight (oz): 23.6
– Adjustment Gradation: 1/4 MOA
– Max Internal Adjustment: 80 MOA
– Parallax Setting (yds): 50 to infinity

 

Nikon’s Monarch Laser800

monarch laser

Featuring Nikon’s revolutionary Tru-Target (TT) Ranging System, and original digital processor, the Monarch Laser800 allows you to prioritize smaller and harder to range target at the push of a button. In the First Target Priority mode, confidently range objects as small as fence posts or get an instant reading on that lone buck in the meadow.

The Distant Target Priority mode displays range to the farthest target among multiple results by a single measurement, ideal for accurate ranging in typical hunting situations where game animals may be partially obscured by grass or brush. With pinpoint, 1/2-yard precision at 400 yards and consistent ranging capability up to 800 yards, backlit LCD display, 6-power multicoated optics (with an eyeglass-friendly 18mm of eye relief), the Monarch Laser 800 is guaranteed waterproof and fogproof. Battery included. Tripod adaptable.

Specifications:

– Finish: Team Realtree (Hardwoods Green HD Camo)
– Focusing System: Diopter +/- 4
– Magnification: 6x
– Objective Diameter: 21mm
– Angular Field of View (Real): 6 Realnikon monarch
– Angular Field of View (Apparent): 36
– Field of View: 315ft @ 1000yds
– Close Ranging Distance: 11yds
– Exit Pupil: 3.5mm
– Relative Brightness: 12.3
– Eye Relief: 18mm
– Length: 5″ (126mm)
– Width: 2.8″ (72mm)
– Weight without Batteries: 7.4oz (210grams)

 

Nikon is a top manufacturer. We recommend both these items combined to give you a superb hunting experience

The Barnett Predator Crossbow Review

Barnett Predator Crossbow AVI Package with Red Dot Sight Description

barnett predator crossbow

We review the first patented crossbow of its kind. The Predator’s pioneering design offers a shoot through foot stirrup increasing the power stroke to an amazing 17″ and with a combined draw weight of 175 pounds, produces speeds to 375 Feet Per Second. The Predator features Barnett’s new AVI limb system combined with re-designed, high-velocity cam and cable system. This bow also comes with a rope free cocker that makes cocking so much easier.

The superior features of the Revolution crossbow are incorporated into this design allowing for comfort and adjustability making this the preferred crossbow . barnett AVI

3 dot Red Dot Sight included

Product Features:

Limbs: Anti Vibration Isolation
Stock:
Barrel:
Color: Realtree Hardwoods Green
Physical weight: 7.5 lbs.
Overall Length: 23-1/4″
Overall Width:
FPS: 375
String length:
Recommended bolt: 20″

Other features:
Shoot through stirrup
High velocity cam & cable system

Package /Kit includes: red dot

– CrossBow
– 4 Arrow Quiver
– 4 22″ Arrows
– Red Dot Sight

The important thing about this crossbow is of course the high level of accuracy and Barnett is definately the number one manufacturer of crossbows. The AVI (anti-vibration Isolator) means that it is possible to hunt well with this crossbow. The Red dot scope just adds to the package

The Burris Signature Select Scope Review

This is Russell Sporting Good’s Burris Signature Select Scope Review

Burris Scope

The Signature Select has enhancements that are ergonomic for increased versatility and easier operation. For example, the adjustment turret has been moved back to a more central location to give you more flexibility in mounting options.

Burris Signature select scope 3

Then deep relief grooves were added on the power ring and parallax adjust ring to provide a firm, no-nonsense grip. Burris integrated a shooter-viewable, easy-to-grip power ring with the eyepiece and included a non-slip ring of rubber on the internally focusable eyepiece ring.

Every surface of every premium quality lens is fully Hi-Lume multi-coated. The Signature Select internal lenses are some 65% larger in surface area than a great many other 1″ scopes on the market, and in fact significantly larger than most scopes with 30mm outer tubes. The finger-adjustable, shooter-viewable adjustment dials are all resettable.

burris select

-3-10
-40mm Clear Objective Lens
-Reticle: Ballistic Plex
-Finish: Matte
-Field of View @ 100 yards: Low 37 ft./High 15 ft.
-Exit Pupil: Low 12mm/High 4.5mm
-Click Adj. Value (@ 100 Yards): . 25″
-Max Adj. (@ 100 Yards): 50″
-Weight: 18 oz.
-Optimum Eye Relief (Low Power): 3.0″
-Optimum Eye Relief (High Power): 4.5″
-Overall Length: 13.1″
-1″ Tube

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The standard finish on the scope is matte black. The range of scopes are technically superior to alot of competitors and the whole package is very impressive. The reviews I have read speak of the ergonomic feel and the deep relief grooves. There are a huge range of mounting options and the scope is very well balanced This is a scope you will want to own.