Inside Blondie’s Hiking Backpack

After the ‘rocks falling and crushing my ankle’ incident during my Sage Hill hike last weekend, I had many friends worry about what I would do if I really got hurt out on a hike. 1 (That was what the damage looked like a few days in. Again I thank God for watching over me.) So I figured I would show them, and everyone else the gear I always bring with me when I am going on challenging hikes. If I have been on the trail 100 times before or if it is an unexplored one, I always bring my backpack.


First and formost it is important to have a large, but comfortable backpack to fit all your gear in. Next are the essentials; I bring food that Mason and I can share, usually jerky and nuts, and three bottles of water. Now I will list off what I have in that picture and go over a few, their purpose and why they’re essential.

*Garmin GPS – If you find a cool trail or spot you can save the coordinates to find it again.
*A plethora of fire starting materials – fire starters, waterproof matches, magnesium, flint and steel, and cotton pads soaked in petroleum.
*A lightstick
*Survival Kit in a Can

*A space blanket
*Drinking water germacidal tablets
*A gun, with an extra magazine. (There are bears, bobcats, mountain lions… so many predators you want to protect yourself from out in the wilderness.)
*A first aid kid
*A tactical knife (with a serrated edge and and a straight edge, the butt of the knife can be used as a hammer)
*A bear whistle, or survival whistle
*A Gorrilla Pod to caputure all the adventures you will be having while on your own! Let me just say, this gorilla pod is worth the investment if you explore alone, or with your dog who unfortunately can’t take pictures of you on a rock. 2 It has flexible arms that can wrap or balance on any surface, a spot for your camera to screw onto, and it is small and compact. I would not of been able to get half of the amazing shots I get if it weren’t for this creation.

All of these items can be put together with one quick stop at your local outdoors store.

So if I were to get in a bind and really need help, I do have some of the basics when going on a difficult hike around the Reno mountains. Now it is a different game when I am free hiking in the woods where I know I am hundreds of miles from everyone. But these are some easy, and cheap things that one should always carry with them when planning an exploration.

What are you essential pieces of gear when you head out on the trail?!
It is spring break so I will be getting in some awesome outdoor time this week so watch out for some new blogs on awesome trails in the next few days!

As always,
Happy Trails!


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