WILD WEDNESDAY: The first principle of LNT is "Plan Ahead and Prepare." This Wednesday's blog comes from Former Base Camp Director, Dan Lucas, about how he does just that! A lot of us in the outdoor industry love to talk gear-and hey! when it's stuff you use everyday on adventures, it's great to know what brands and models are best for you! Check it out.
We all have them, things.....and while I try not to be obsessed with material possessions there are just a few things that I NEED. I have picked some of my personal favorite things to share with you. I carry or use them almost every day. What are your favorite things? Did I list any of them? Am I completely off base? Let me know in comments below or on the WAEL Facebook post.
- “In Ear headphones” I use Dre Beats. You don’t need an expensive or flashy pair. I have had excellent luck with Skull Candy “Inked” in ear phones as well. for 10-30 dollars on average you can use these little guys to escape in conjunction with your cellular device, into some music or your favorite book. I also like the nifty hands free/volume adjustment on my Beats. Makes driving and chatting safer and easier.
- “iPhone 5S “ This is what I plug my head phones into. Electronics are a must in today's society. We are all constantly plugged in. weather its social media, taking a photo of the adventure you are on , or calling in evac after a close encounter with a bear . A cell is a must carry. I use mine most often to take snap shots on all my adventures. Some may not love the idea of electronics on the trail. But for me. The ability to take a photo to reflect on, and relax to some tunes after a long day is key.
- “Thermos brand coffee mug: leak proof travel mug” I don’t feel like I need to say much more than coffee. But if you are like me you are hard on stuff. I break stuff, and I look for products that can stand up to the punishment I dish out. My thermos brand coffee mug has one hand operation. A sweet grab handle and it keeps stuff hot/cold for up to 8 hours.
- “Watch” I know what you are thinking. My phone can do that. Yeah, but I don’t like to have my phone out during rain storms. And I don’t like to pull it out all the time just to check what the time it. My G Shock is built tough, looks good and always tells me the right time. Working with groups, an item like this is a must.
- “Packable Layers” whenever I am hiking/ biking/ or doing any sort of guided trip I bring everything. Including layers for warmth. I start with a good base layer like a merino wool. It will keep you warm even in wet conditions. A packable layer like a synthetic down is what you need for cold conditions or after a ride when you get back to base camp. And a packable shell layer for windy conditions or the in-between times when you are too warm for the down. Many brands sell great products, but for my money I have been very pleased with Eddie Bauer First Ascent down and shells. Check them out.
- “My Hat” I am what you call Follicly challenged. I started going bald in highschool, like many other men with pattern baldness I chose to use a hat to not only hide but also protect my skull. Many years later I have embraced the bald life. I shave my head on the Reg and I keep it clean. But I have never stopped using a hat. I have been through many different hats and for my money the “Outdoor Research Radar Pocket cap” does it all. It is light, packable and foldable. A split in brim is the key to foldability. The synthetic material has sun protection, and its light and cool. Especially in hot weather. This is the go to hat almost all year round. And the orange color goes with everything, because it goes with nothing at all!
There you have it! The necessities, straight to you from Dan the Man. What are YOUR necessities?
Where is he now? Dan has recently graduated from the WA life and now works for the new guiding and outfitting company in Roanoke, Roanoke Mountain Adventures. We miss him, we're proud of him, and we can't wait to see what RMA does for adventuring in Roanoke!