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As I prepare and look forward to my upcoming fall trip to the Baxter State Park, Maine, I would like to share some of the photographs I took when I was there last year.

Both Maine and the Baxter State Park are one of my favorite places. Its a 6-8 hours drive from where I live and I visit at least twice a year! The following photographs were taken during fall of 2013 in and around the Baxter State Park.

The following shot of Mt Kathadin was taken from the Abol Bridge on Golden Road

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The pond in this shot is called the Daicey Pond.

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On the Chimney Pond trail

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Basin Pond on the Chimney Pond Trail

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I am really looking forward to share the travelogue after I make my trip this year!

Cheers!

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Although I do not backpack a lot, I do like going on overnight longer trails, especially if I have good company. As am prepping for an upcoming trip and like always trying to reach the deep ends of my mind to get that ‘List’, I thought of finally writing it down for good.

I am not a winter hiker, so this list is strictly a 3 season hike guide. I am also listing down my gears, so if you have questions about any of it, shoot a comment.

The Essentials – Even before getting into sleeping bags or cooking stuff, am going to list down absolute essentials which one should not forget at any cost.

  1. The Backpack: It is very important to select the right backpack in terms of weight and volume. I own a North Face Terra 65 pack, it’s big but light. You can find a good guide to select the right backpack here.
  2. Shelter
  • Tent – like the backpack, it is very important to select the right tent when backpacking. I own 2 backpacking tents – Koppen Maelstorm 2 person tent and Kelty TN3 3 person tent. Both have its own advantages but they fulfill all my trip requirements.
  1. Navigation
  • Map (with protective case)
  • Compass
  • GPS (optional)
  1. Insulation
  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat depending on weather condition.
  1. Illumination
  • Headlamp (won’t believe how necessary this becomes) or flashlight (plus spare)
  • Extra batteries
  1. First-aid supplies
  • First-aid kit
  1. Fire
  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)
  1. Repair kit and tools
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Ropes
  • Duct tape strips
  1. Hydration
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Water filter or other treatment system

The Additionals

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Sleeping Pad
  3. Sun protection – Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Cap/Hat
  4. Trekking Poles
  5. Food
  6. Energy Bars
  7. Stove (ultra-portable)
  8. Fuel for Stove
  9. Utensils and Dishes
  10. Packable Lantern
  11. Insect repellent

Clothing: Warm Weather

  • Wicking T-shirt (synthetic or wool)
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for sun, bugs)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Bandana or Buff

Clothing: Cool Weather

  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Wicking long underwear (good sleepwear)
  • Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jacket, pants)
  • Fleece jacket or vest, and pants

Footwear; Assorted Personal Items

  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gaiters
  • Sandals (for fording, in camp)

Optional and Personal Items

  • Camera and memory cards
  • Binoculars
  • Permits (based on your location)
  • Route description or guidebook
  • Field guide(s); star identifier
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Credit card; small amount of cash
  • Earplugs and eye shade
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bear spray
  • Toothbrush and/or toiletry kit
  • Contact Lens Kit (necessary for me!)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Cell phone/satellite communicator/2-way radios
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
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