Broderick22 wrote:Here are my thoughts for those new to 14ers:
Buy hiking shoes. They may be the most important gear you own. I like Solomon.
Buy wool socks. This will save your feet. Trust me.
Grab a pack that has a 3L bladder in it. Essential for 14ers imo.
Buy a rain/wind shell (coat) and good waterproof pants. These are the last 2 things that really make a difference. You will need both towards the top of most 14ers.
Plan to summit before noon. Leave the TH early. Time depends on length of hike.
These are the absolute essentials for starting out and I think if you follow them you will be in good shape.
I know shoes are vital. First thing to contact the ground and has to survive elements of you wont (rain/snow/rocks)
Got wool socks already.
Still testing out bags but I found a 30L pack with 3L compartment (needs bladder). Teton 1800, weighs 2.5 and has some support. Enough for essentials and last me at least until I get into serious climbs.
Probably getting an osprey 3L bladder
Got columbia hiking pants (conversion shorts with cargo pckts)
Still need shell jacket. Probably getting a columbia glennaker
Basic First aid & eventually a small trauma kit
Whistle, compass, flashlight, firesource