• Good pair of trail runners or hiking boots. I prefer trail runners because they give me the dexterity on the roots and rocks and are light and nimble.
  • Good pair of socks.I like a good compression sports socks. Not only are they comfy, but when hiked up, provide protection in the thick stuff.
  • Light Jacket if weather permits.
  • Layered micro fibre shirts and possibly long sleeved.
  • Hiking shorts or pants.
  • Hat, not only for sun protection, but I like one because I find it keeps the sweat off my face.
  • Speaking of sweat, a bandana is always a good idea.
  • Sunglasses
  • Bear bell and Bear Repellent Spray



  • Extra shirt and socks to either change for the decent or at the end of the day.
  • Small First Aid Kit and Blister Kit
  • Leatherman multi tool and /or Swiss Army knife.
  • Headlamp. I always bring it for those “just in case moments”.
  • Lighter or matches.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Cordage
  • Duct Tape. Not the roll, but enough to tape up hot spots on your feet or to get you out of any small jam. I wrap the tape around any object I’m already taking.
  • Toilet paper and Wet Wipes.
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Last but not least a good Map. I screen shot maps online to my phone , but I also have a detailed rip proof, waterproof, map of most Northshore Trails and the HSCT. You can buy them at MEC.

Hiking food list

My typical Lunch for 8 to 10 hour hike


  • Integrated Hydration Kit for water is the way to go. I personally enjoy being hands free of anything. The last 8 hr hike I went through my 1.8 liter Platypus and 2 500ml. I definitely want to upgrade to a bigger bag, especially for the longer hikes.
  • 2 sandwiches, cliff bars, trail mix, misc energy snacks, couple pieces of fruit, can of sardines/ tuna, beef jerky.


Important to note, that these checklists are based on my experiences and are typical of what I would bring for an 8 hr hike.

Post hike celebratory snack. Checklists for hiking

Post hike, mandatory, Celebratory snack!


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