Yesterday I received a “Blogstöckchen” by Sven from www.aufundab.eu to list my 3 items that always go with me on my Hikes. A “Blogstöckchen” is a little game from Bloggers to spread the word. Which is a great Idea, as you get a little glimpse in the packs of fellow Hikers/Climbers.
In my Backpack you will find the usual suspects of first aid, water bottle and food. Some items I have with me on certain hikes and sometimes they stay at home but the following items are really always with me, it’s not even an option that I go out without them.
In theory I break the rules with this one because let’s be honest those are already 3 items. Just let me cheat on this one.
For Navigation I manly use the Garmin eTrex 30 with the swiss Topo maps, but to be on the save side I also print paper maps. The reason for that is just, the eTrex is a gadget and it can break. I just want to be on the save side and let’s be honest you have a better overview on an A4/A3 map then on the small screen.
The combination with the paper maps and the eTrex works really good for me and that’s why they are always in my pack.
For the paper maps, I use the map.geo.admin.ch they are the official swiss Topo maps (the same as you get with Garmin maps) and you can print them for free.
What I like the most on that site is that you can show additional information. For example which area is for Hunting, used by the Military or protected environment. If you plan on camping in Switzerland this is a big help. For more information to this topic go here it is in german.
And of course my iPhone is always with me, Main reason is that I usually hike alone and if something happens…
Apart from that reason there are some apps in which without them I would have been lost more than once (SBB, Goggle map). I love to listen to music, if it’s on the train, bus to the destination, during the hike or on the way back home.
I never go on a hike without a camera, it is either the Canon G1X or the Canon EOS 500D. Depending on where I go and the weather I choose one of the two.
More often than not I choose the G1X over the EOS but that has manly to do that I don’t want to have the camera out of the bag to often. With the G1X I have a nice bag from Mountainsmith which survived heavy rain in Scotland.
Taking photos during a hike is really important for me.
1. I look at everything differently, you start to look back and see the hole trail different.
2. It is an excuse to take a little break eat something and really just to enjoy the view.
3. I have something to show my family and friends.
It can be a tricky subject a Keffiyeh, if you don’t know about it, you can read about it here. I wear one because it was a present from family friends about 4 years ago and I wear it nearly all the time. I know the meaning of a Keffiyeh in the political sense but when I take it on a hike it has nothing to do with a political statement, I take it because if its windy I can warp it around my throat, if it’s hot I can loosen it up and it still protects me of the sun. Then in summer when it’s really hot and sunny you can soak it up in water and just let it cool you down.
So these are my “three” items I never leave the house with.
With that I tag these Blogs:
- Die Beuteltiere, is in German and they have fantastic trip reports and gear reviews.
- Lady on a Rock, is just inspiring.
- Allison outside, great trip reports and the photographs.
If you are interested to see what others take with them on every trip go to outdoorseite.de, there is a nice list with Blogs that already participated and it gets updated.