forbins_mtn wrote:I started this year too - and I can truly say it's addicting. I had the goal of doing all the Front Range mountains this year and I'm two short. but Evans on Sunday and Quandary over Halloween weekend for the 14ers.com Winter Welcoming will complete them.
But I'll be honest: what are the 10 essentials? I'm sure I have them, but I've never seen a list. Good luck OP with your adventure! It's so amazing to be on top of a peak. So pretty, so peaceful, and so exhilerati
Compass (a GPS should NOT replace having a real compass)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra food and water
First aid kit
Thats the classic, but there are other lists as well. Some combine things like Map/Compass and add shelter. The idea is to make sure you are prepared for as much as possible, and that you have what you need to spend the night in the wilderness if need be. During the summer, that list could do it. During the winter, which is coming fast, this is no where near complete.
Aside from just reading things on this site, its worth while to pick up a copy of Freedom of the Hills http://www.rei.com/product/811865/mountaineering-the-freedom-of-the-hills-8th-edition, and take the time to read it. There is info in that book that would be difficult to glean from what people here talk about, and it will help you learn good habits now, and make it so you always love the mountains.