Weather in the Northeast is unpredictable and can change very rapidly. Conditions can be cold, wet and windy. Snow, gale force winds and sub-freezing temperatures can occur every month of the year. Being properly equipped for a wide range of weather conditions is essential for you and your group’s safety and enjoyment.
Please bring (or plan to borrow) all required items on the gear list that is sent to you after registration. Keep in mind that you will be carrying your own gear as well as a portion of your group’s gear. It is important to keep your clothing and gear dry for warmth, comfort, and safety. Pack your clothing and gear in plastic trash bags and/or sealable storage bags.
What to Pack Before You Go
Below is a sample MLS Backpacking Gear List so that you know what to expect.
Your specific program’s required gear list will be sent to you after registration to help you pack.
The (*) indicates items that are available at no cost for your use during the program.
Required Personal Gear
Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms *
Wool or Fleece Insulating Pants *
Waterproof Pants *
Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Top *
Wool or Fleece Pullover or Jacket *
Waterproof Jacket with Hood *
Warm Hat *
Backpack: 4000-5000 cubic inch capacity *
Pack Cover or Pack Liner
Sleeping Pad *
Hydration System: 3 L capacity
Eating System: cup, bowl, utensil
Your Personal Lunch and Trail Snacks
Watch with Alarm
Spare stuff sacks
MLS Group Gear
3 or 4 person Tents
Bear Proofing System
Cooking Gear (Pot, Utensils, Pot Scrubbers, etc)
Stoves and fuel
First Aid Kit
Trowel & Hand Sanitizer
Water purification system
Group Breakfast and Dinner food