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Necessary equipment and personal gear in hiking on Kamchatka with backpacks

1. Expeditionary backpack (marching).
A backpack should be at least 75 liters for women and at least 85 liters for men, but it is better to have 100 liters or more.

Your backpack should hold:
  • All your personal belongings.
  • A tent or its part (one tent is provided for two or three people, our tents weigh about 3-4 kg, that is, for double accommodation you carry half of the tent - about 1.5 kg).
  • Public equipment distributed by the guide (foodstuffs, boilers, gas stoves and fuel to it, hatchet, etc.). The weight of public equipment can be up to 1 kg per day of an autonomous hike, it depends on the route, on the number of days of the hike and on whether the product casting is done.
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    2. Rug (sleeping mat / sleeping pad).
    The rug can be either simple (polypropylene) or inflatable. But keep in mind that an inflatable mat is easy to pierce, and then its insulating properties will disappear. It is also advisable to have a rug cover to fasten it outside of the backpack, thereby saving space inside the backpack.
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      3. Sleeping bag.

      For summer travels in Kamchatka, we recommend to have a sleeping bag with synthetic insulation. Down sleeping bag in the summer is not practical, because the fibers of the down absorb moisture.

      Sleeping bag designs:
      • "Cocoon", such a sleeping bag in shape repeats the shape of a person (narrows at the bottom). "Cocoon" is more economical in weight and warmer due to a tight fit of a person, the presence of a collar around the shoulders and a hood.
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      • "Blanket", a rectangular sleeping bag. The disadvantage of this design in large weight in comparison with a sleeping bag "cocoon". But such sleeping bags more easily and conveniently connect to each other, turning into a 2-seater sleeping bag.
      For hiking in Kamchatka it is better to have a sleeping bag of the "cocoon" type.
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      When choosing a sleeping bag, it is necessary to pay attention to the temperature of comfort, do not look at the temperature of the extreme - it means almost nothing.
      The temperature in the mountains at night can be much lower than the city, snow in some areas of our tours continues to melt in July and even in August, and since mid-August there is already felt the closeness of autumn, cool nights and frost in the morning are possible, but during the day it can be warm or even hot.
      Therefore, the sleeping bag temperature should be chosen in accordance with the area and time of hiking:
      - for trips to Nalychevo from the beginning of July to mid-August, a sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of about +5 degrees is sufficient;
      - for trips around Tolbachiks (from July to the end of August) a sleeping bag is needed with a temperature of comfort of about zero degrees;
      - for hikes from mid-August to the end of September a sleeping bag with a temperature of comfort not higher than minus 5 degrees is required, and at the end of September even a winter sleeping bag will not be superfluous, if only it is not too heavy.
      For a sleeping bag, it is necessary to have a compression bag (as a rule, it is included).
      4. Shoes.

      • Trekking boots are best suited for walking in mountainous terrain. Such shoes are distinguished by high wear resistance, a strong sole with a well-developed tread, good fixation of the ankle, which reduces the likelihood of tucking the joint on irregularities, and often there is a membrane that protects from getting wet in such shoes.
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      • A second pair of shoes is also needed, sports sandals are best suited. They can be worn in the camp when trekking boots are dry or simply when there is no need to go in heavy boots, and also to wade the river well in them. Simple slippers are not suitable here, you need sandals with a backdrop.
      And the most important rule - that there was no corns, FOOTWEAR MUST BE WORN!
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      5. Clothes.

      The multi-layered concept of clothing is the most effective, because with equal weight two thin things are better than one thick (one thing can be worn over the second or interchanged). According to the composition of the fabrics, you should definitely exclude jeans, tarpaulin and minimize cotton.

      • Underwear. We recommend using thermal underwear (however, in the days of rest and excursions and for sleeping it is quite possible to use cotton). The thermal underwear is thin and warmed. When traveling from the second half of August to September, it is better to have a suit of warm thermal underwear.
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      • Insulation (heater). Ideally, this is fleece (or its derivatives - polartek, windblock), but a wool sweater will do as well.

      • Storm clothing. As a rule, it is a suit from a jacket and trousers from membrane fabric without a heater. The advantage of membrane tissue is that it passes a molecule of steam through itself, but stops water. That is, in theory, the water outside does not pass, and the steam from the inside comes out, but this is only a theory. In reality, the outer layer is the dew point and part of the steam, not having time to go outside, condenses into the water and settles inside. But, nevertheless, in the membrane you will be exactly more comfortable than without it in most conditions of bad weather. The jacket must be with a hood.
      • Warm light jacket or sleeveless jacket. It can be used as an additional insulation for a storm suit or instead of it. It is worn in the evenings and in cold weather. As a heater there can be a down or a synthetic heater similar to down. For trips in September it is preferable to have a jacket, and not a sleeveless jacket.
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      6. Raincoat.
      Even if the membrane jacket is very expensive, sooner or later it will still get wet. Therefore, it is better to have a "raincoat" with you; besides, it is not expensive.
      7. Socks.

      • Thin socks. It is not desirable that they made of 100% cotton, because with a long walk and getting wet such a sock turns into a shapeless rag and can be the cause of rubbing corns. Mostly - the mixed composition of fabric with elastic threads.

      • Warm socks. Ideally, this is a sports thermal socks, and woolen ones are also suitable. Depending on the area and time of the trip, you can have from 1 to 3 pairs of such socks. In July, warm socks may not be useful at all, but you need to have them with you. In September, it is necessary to have 2-3 pairs. Also on the rafting under rubber boots, you also need to have warm high socks (or footcloths).
      8. Light hat (fleece or wool).
        9. Light gloves (fleece or wool).
          10. Change of underwear and swimwear.
          11. Sunlight glasses and sunlight protecting cream.
          In our travels there are always climbing volcanoes, where snowfields can persist even by the end of summer. In clear weather, the sun's rays reflected from the snow can cause a retinal burn.
          12. Remedies for blood-sucking insects.
          Of these insects there are mosquitoes and midges on Kamchatka. There are no ticks on Kamchatka.
          13. LED flashlight.
          It is desirable that the flashlight was headlamp.
          14. Personal hygiene items.
          15. Personal dishes (mug, spoon, plate, knife).
          Dishes and cutlery should be light and strong. Best of all, they should be made of stainless steel or plastic. Thermal dishes (thermomug and thermoplate) is good to use.
          16. Repair kit.
          Threads, needles, buttons, patches.
          17. Personal first aid kit.
          In the group first-aid kit, which is located at the guide, there are standard preparations - this is a dressing, anesthetic and disinfecting. You must have medicines in your first aid kit for your particular illnesses. If you have any diseases, you must inform the guide about them.
          18. Thermos, flask or plastic bottle.
          In hikes in September, it is better to have a thermos (but the thermos should be metal, not beating, mirror). In the summer, a flask or a plastic bottle is enough.
          19. Trekking poles.
          They are convenient for maintaining balance when walking, partially relieve the load from the legs when climbing uphill. Such sticks are usually telescopic, that is, they are folded into short sticks and it will not be difficult to bring them with you.
          20. Water repellent impregnation for trekking shoes - optional.
          21. Waterproof backpack cover, polyethylene or other waterproof bags.