I decided to plan a last minute trip to Stanislaus National Forest (part of the Sierras) and set camp by a lake for a weekend getaway. As a first-timer in the Sierras, outside of Yosemite, I figured that by documenting this trip, hopefully it would help someone do the same– to just let go and find yourself in nature.
I haven’t done much camping recently, but I figured this was a good place to start. Do a couple miles of backpacking in the beautiful mountains of Northern California, find a lake for some cliff jumping, set camp, and practice my harmonica. So with that in mind, I began to pack away after doing some research and talking to some experienced backpackers.
Here’s what I packed (give or take a few):
- Rip Curl Spring Suit
- Leather gloves
- Lifestraw Water Filter
- Ocean-safe sunblock
- Sawyer Water Filter
- White sage (to burn and keep mosquitos/bugs away)
- Iodine pills (another water cleaner accessory)*
- Golden Melody Hohner Harmonica
- GoPro Black Edition
- Polarized Happy Lens Spy Sunglasses
- Playing cards
- Enamel pan
- Best Made Co. enamel cup
- Nature Box snacks
- Nalgene bottle
- Wood axe
*Note: I’m bringing most of these water filters to test each one and see which one works best for future trips.
The pup carries his own stuff..
- dog food
- Gentle Leader leash
- dog treats
Then for clothing…
- Patagonia swimsuit
- Best Made Co. Ditty Bag
- Bali Sarang
- TImberland Hiking Boots
- Patagonia Merino wool socks
- Alpaca Peruvian Sweater
- Patagonia Hiking Pants and Capri
- Sawyer Land and Sea Hat
- DaKine beanie
- Patagonia Capilene 3/4 zip long sleeve
- Indonesian Batik shirt
- + undies.
- Dog pack
- Gregory 65liter hiking backpack (womens)
- Kelty 0-15 degree sleeping bag
- two-man tent
- My hand-whittled makeshift GoPro stick/hiking pole
- Thermo sleeping mat
- Other really important things..
- trash bags (leave no trace)
- food (this can be a whole separate post in itself)
- hygiene related items (don’t shower in lakes.. use grey water systems at least 200 ft away from water)
- bear canister (talk to your Ranger about this one. Not always necessary)
- first-aid kit
I’m still a rookie – just sharing a bit of how I’m approaching this 3 day trip. So there’s that, part 1 of the Stanislaus National Forest trip monologues..
If it helps just one person get outside and find something beautiful – this post was worth it.
Will put up links and give update post-trip.