"ready for a high altitude expedition" Cocuy Packing List Tip by richiecdisc

Cocuy What to Pack: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  D ready to backpack
by richiecdisc

Luggage and bags: A good quality backpack can't be underestimated. When you are carrying a third of your weight over 4000m+ passes for over a week, you're going to feel the difference. Invest in something decent if you want to enjoy your trek.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good quality boots and socks are something else not to scrimp on. 70 kilometers is a long way to walk. Dress in layers quick drying layers and always bring good rain gear. Though we did not need it on our trek, we were lucky and they came in very handy as wind breakers.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: When at high elevation, remember the sun is even stronger. Bring plenty of sunscreen and don't forget to use it.

Photo Equipment: A wide angle lens is great for landscapes and a zoom a must for animals and can double as a macro for fair flora shots. Go with something fairly light. My rig was over 7 lbs and I use a small Canon Rebel. Many of the bigger DSLs weigh more than that without the extra lenses. Unless you have people carrying your stuff, leave the big stuff at home.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good quality tent is a must in this harsh terrain. It is your only protection in an otherwise barren landscape. A good quality sleeping back is a lifesaver and a good mat will not only make you more comfortable but also keep you warmer too.

Miscellaneous: A lightweight camp stove is something to not leave out for weight reasons. If you get cold, a hot beverage might be the difference between life and death. Doing a trek alone is never a good idea but finding the right person is not always easy. Thanks for my lovely wife for putting in the amazing effort to do this and for being so understanding for starting it on our fifth wedding anniversary.

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  • Updated Sep 2, 2010
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