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Ozark Trail 12 Person Cabin Tent with Screen Porch W
Ozark Trail 12 Person Cabin Tent with Screen Porch W
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Tunnel Tent Ozark Trail 10 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents 2 Room
Tunnel Tent Ozark Trail 10 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents 2 Room
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Ozark Trail 8 Person Camping Tent Instant Cabin Family Outdoor Room Easy
Ozark Trail 8 Person Camping Tent Instant Cabin Family Outdoor Room Easy
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Ozark Trail Family Tent 10 Person Outdoor Camping Instant Cabin Shelter Hiking
Ozark Trail Family Tent 10 Person Outdoor Camping Instant Cabin Shelter Hiking
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Ozark Trail Base Camp 14 Person Cabin Tent
Ozark Trail Base Camp 14 Person Cabin Tent
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Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Tent 3 Person 3 Season
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Tent 3 Person 3 Season
$109.97
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Ozark 10 Person Tent Trail Camping Cabin Family 14 x 10 Insulated Waterproof
Ozark 10 Person Tent Trail Camping Cabin Family 14 x 10 Insulated Waterproof
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Ozark Trail 8 Person Family Cabin Tent with Screen Porch
Ozark Trail 8 Person Family Cabin Tent with Screen Porch
$150.00
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Ozark Trail Instant Tent Cot with Rainfly Sleeps 1
Ozark Trail Instant Tent Cot with Rainfly Sleeps 1
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Ozark Trail 6 Person Connectent for Canopy Camping Tent
Ozark Trail 6 Person Connectent for Canopy Camping Tent
$68.39
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Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent Family Tents
Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent Family Tents
$133.78
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8 Person Instant Tent Ozark Trail 13 x 9 x 72 Camping  Hiking Outdoors
8 Person Instant Tent Ozark Trail 13 x 9 x 72 Camping Hiking Outdoors
$157.26
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Ozark Trail 12 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room
Ozark Trail 12 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room
$171.99
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8 Person Family Tent Cabin Tent Ozark Trail Screen Porch Camping All Season
8 Person Family Tent Cabin Tent Ozark Trail Screen Porch Camping All Season
$164.10
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Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room L Shaped Instant Cabin Tent Hiking Fast set up
Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room L Shaped Instant Cabin Tent Hiking Fast set up
$219.07
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Two Man Mountain Trail Tent ACU Digital Camo Reinforced Polyethylene Floor NEW
Two Man Mountain Trail Tent ACU Digital Camo Reinforced Polyethylene Floor NEW
$54.74
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7 Person Teepee Tent Ozark Trail 118 x 118 Camping  Hiking Outdoors New
7 Person Teepee Tent Ozark Trail 118 x 118 Camping Hiking Outdoors New
$47.85
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Teepee Tent 10 x 10 Family 6 Person Camping Outdoor Guide Gear Trail Camp Scouts
Teepee Tent 10 x 10 Family 6 Person Camping Outdoor Guide Gear Trail Camp Scouts
$129.99
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Ozark Trail One Person Cot Tent camping shelter with cover
Ozark Trail One Person Cot Tent camping shelter with cover
$89.55
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Ozark Trail 30252 12 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent Green Grey
Ozark Trail 30252 12 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent Green Grey
$74.00 (9 Bids)
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Ozark Trail 2 Person Waterproof Backpacking Tent Camping Geo Hunting Hiking Gear
Ozark Trail 2 Person Waterproof Backpacking Tent Camping Geo Hunting Hiking Gear
$45.71
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Ozark Trail 10 Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent Electrical cord Access New
Ozark Trail 10 Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent Electrical cord Access New
$172.76
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10 Person Cabin Tent 3 Rooms Family Tents Ozark Trail All Season Camping
10 Person Cabin Tent 3 Rooms Family Tents Ozark Trail All Season Camping
$102.71
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Ozark Trail 9 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room
Ozark Trail 9 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room
$129.00
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Ozark Trail 10 Person Family Tent Outdoor Camping Hiking Instant Cabin Shelter
Ozark Trail 10 Person Family Tent Outdoor Camping Hiking Instant Cabin Shelter
$115.11
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Ozark Trail Two Person Cot Tent Camping Bed for 2 People Covered Screened Sleep
Ozark Trail Two Person Cot Tent Camping Bed for 2 People Covered Screened Sleep
$135.99
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Ozark Trail 6 Person Instant Cabin 10 x 9 Family Winter Tent Camping Hiking
Ozark Trail 6 Person Instant Cabin 10 x 9 Family Winter Tent Camping Hiking
$95.23
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Ozark Trail 12 x 12 Instant Tepee Tent Sleeps 7
Ozark Trail 12 x 12 Instant Tepee Tent Sleeps 7
$108.99
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Ozark Trail 14 x 10 Family Cabin Tent Sleeps 10 Hiking Camping With Bag
Ozark Trail 14 x 10 Family Cabin Tent Sleeps 10 Hiking Camping With Bag
$152.20
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Used Ozark Trail 14 x 10 x 78 Instant Cabin Tent with Lights Sleeps 10
Used Ozark Trail 14 x 10 x 78 Instant Cabin Tent with Lights Sleeps 10
$33.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 20h 53m

Tent Ozark Trail 10 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents 3 Room Red NEW
Tent Ozark Trail 10 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents 3 Room Red NEW
$129.99
Time Remaining: 15d 17h 23m
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Camouflage Trail Tent 2 person
Camouflage Trail Tent 2 person
$49.99
Time Remaining: 26d 6h 52m
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Ozark Trail Family Tent Sleeps 10 Enlarged Dome Design 3 Rooms Red
Ozark Trail Family Tent Sleeps 10 Enlarged Dome Design 3 Rooms Red
$104.56
Time Remaining: 11d 20h 17m
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Slumberjack 4 Person Trail Tent  Backpacking Tent
Slumberjack 4 Person Trail Tent Backpacking Tent
$59.99
Time Remaining: 3d 3h 20m

Ozark Trail 2 Person Waterproof Backpacking Tent Camping Geo Hunting Hiking Gear
Ozark Trail 2 Person Waterproof Backpacking Tent Camping Geo Hunting Hiking Gear
$40.74
Time Remaining: 23d 5h 12m
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Ozark Trail 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent Camp Travel Family Carry Bag Bonus
Ozark Trail 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent Camp Travel Family Carry Bag Bonus
$78.88
Time Remaining: 20d 18h 6m
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Teepee Tent 10 x 10 Family 6 Person Camping Outdoor Guide Gear Trail Camp Scouts
Teepee Tent 10 x 10 Family 6 Person Camping Outdoor Guide Gear Trail Camp Scouts
$135.95
Time Remaining: 20d 10h 26m
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Ozark Trail Two Person Cot Tent Sleeps 2 Included gear loft NEW FREE SHPPING
Ozark Trail Two Person Cot Tent Sleeps 2 Included gear loft NEW FREE SHPPING
$157.99
Time Remaining: 19d 6h 20m
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Ozark Trail 28 Piece Premium Camping Combo Set New Free Shipping
Ozark Trail 28 Piece Premium Camping Combo Set New Free Shipping
$196.99
Time Remaining: 29d 3h 32m
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Ozark Trail Camping Tent 4 person Waterproof 100 Polyester NEW
Ozark Trail Camping Tent 4 person Waterproof 100 Polyester NEW
$61.99
Time Remaining: 26d 3h 49m
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Ozark Trail 6 Person ConnecTent for Canopy Camping Tent NEW And No Tax
Ozark Trail 6 Person ConnecTent for Canopy Camping Tent NEW And No Tax
$65.63
Time Remaining: 5d 23m
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OZARK TRAIL 4 PERSON DOME TENT
OZARK TRAIL 4 PERSON DOME TENT
$15.99
Time Remaining: 23d 9h 19m
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Ozark Trail 10 Person Family Tent 3 rooms removable dividers screened porch
Ozark Trail 10 Person Family Tent 3 rooms removable dividers screened porch
$169.99
Time Remaining: 27d 1h 37m
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Ozark Trail Two Person Cot Tent W
Ozark Trail Two Person Cot Tent W
$132.17
Time Remaining: 21d 3h 24m
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Ozark Trail 17 x 15 Person Instant Hexagon Cabin Tent Sleeps 11
Ozark Trail 17 x 15 Person Instant Hexagon Cabin Tent Sleeps 11
$140.99
Time Remaining: 6d 5h 9m
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18 x 18 Family Tent Sleeps 14 Ozark Trail Camping Hiking Outdoor Sports New
18 x 18 Family Tent Sleeps 14 Ozark Trail Camping Hiking Outdoor Sports New
$151.41
Time Remaining: 28d 21h 47m
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Big Agnes Ultra Light Tent FLY CREEK HV UL2 Appalachian Trail
Big Agnes Ultra Light Tent FLY CREEK HV UL2 Appalachian Trail
$175.00
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 30m

Ozark Trail 2 Room Non Instant Shower Tent New Free Shipping
Ozark Trail 2 Room Non Instant Shower Tent New Free Shipping
$86.21
Time Remaining: 6d 8h 59m
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Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room Cabin Tent Camping Outdoor Sports
Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room Cabin Tent Camping Outdoor Sports
$141.70
Time Remaining: 26d 15h 5m
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Ozark Trail Weatherbuster 9 Person Dome Tent
Ozark Trail Weatherbuster 9 Person Dome Tent
$108.63
Time Remaining: 23d 2h 3m
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Camping Teepee Tent 7 Sleeps Family Cabin Tent Ozark Trail All Season Outdoor
Camping Teepee Tent 7 Sleeps Family Cabin Tent Ozark Trail All Season Outdoor
$49.88
Time Remaining: 23d 20h 11m
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BRAND NEW NIB Ozark Trail 14 X 10 Family Cabin Tent Sleeps 10 Hiking Camping
BRAND NEW NIB Ozark Trail 14 X 10 Family Cabin Tent Sleeps 10 Hiking Camping
$152.22
Time Remaining: 23d 6h 27m
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1 Person Tent Trail Backpacking Storage Long Vestibule Camping
1 Person Tent Trail Backpacking Storage Long Vestibule Camping
$42.00
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Easy Ozark Trail 14 Person 4 Room Big People Base Camp Tent Large Strong 20 ft
Easy Ozark Trail 14 Person 4 Room Big People Base Camp Tent Large Strong 20 ft
$163.99
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Family Camping Tent Cabin Outdoor Trail Villa Shelter 2 Rooms 8 Person Capacity
Family Camping Tent Cabin Outdoor Trail Villa Shelter 2 Rooms 8 Person Capacity
$195.57
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Ozark Trail 12x10 Wall Tent Sleeps 6
Ozark Trail 12x10 Wall Tent Sleeps 6
$297.65
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Tunnel Tent Ozark Trail 8 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents Protection
Tunnel Tent Ozark Trail 8 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents Protection
$121.00
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Ozark Trail 10 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent + Led Light Poles Family Camping
Ozark Trail 10 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent + Led Light Poles Family Camping
$179.99
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TEXSPORT TWO PERSON CAMOUFLAGE TRAIL TENT
TEXSPORT TWO PERSON CAMOUFLAGE TRAIL TENT
$0.99
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 17m

Ozark Trail 12 Person Cabin Tent with Screen Porch
Ozark Trail 12 Person Cabin Tent with Screen Porch
$163.36
Time Remaining: 14d 22h 39m
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Kelty Trail Ridge 6 10 x 8 Tent
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 10 x 8 Tent
$229.99
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Ozark Trail 8 Person Dome Tent with Removable Center Divider
Ozark Trail 8 Person Dome Tent with Removable Center Divider
$103.16
Time Remaining: 26d 15h 35m
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Ozark Trail Deluxe LED Tent Light
Ozark Trail Deluxe LED Tent Light
$15.64
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Ozark Trail 3 Person Dome Tent WT1707071
Ozark Trail 3 Person Dome Tent WT1707071
$17.00
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8 Person Ozark Trail 2 Rooms Family Tent Cabin Tent All Season Hiking Outdoor
8 Person Ozark Trail 2 Rooms Family Tent Cabin Tent All Season Hiking Outdoor
$61.64
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4 Person Dome Tent With Vestibule Ozark Trail Full Coverage Fly All Season Red
4 Person Dome Tent With Vestibule Ozark Trail Full Coverage Fly All Season Red
$58.34
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Cabin Tent Ozark Trail 12 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents 3 Room Red
Cabin Tent Ozark Trail 12 Person Camping Family Outdoor Instant Tents 3 Room Red
$153.38
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Ozark Trail 12 x 12 Instant Tepee Tent Sleeps 7
Ozark Trail 12 x 12 Instant Tepee Tent Sleeps 7
$107.99
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Outdoor Tent 8 Person 2 Rooms Camping Family Cabin Shelter Hiking Fishing Sleep
Outdoor Tent 8 Person 2 Rooms Camping Family Cabin Shelter Hiking Fishing Sleep
$99.99
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appy trails mark V single wall floorless tent 3 5 man green
appy trails mark V single wall floorless tent 3 5 man green
$0.99 (1 Bid)
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LOT OZARK TRAIL FOLDING CHAIRS  OZARK TRAIL 4 PERSON INSTANT DOME TENT CAMPING
LOT OZARK TRAIL FOLDING CHAIRS OZARK TRAIL 4 PERSON INSTANT DOME TENT CAMPING
$28.95
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Ozark Trail 10 Person Family Tent Outdoor Camping Hiking Instant Cabin Shelter
Ozark Trail 10 Person Family Tent Outdoor Camping Hiking Instant Cabin Shelter
$104.82
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Ozark Trail 15 Person Split Plan Instant Cabin
Ozark Trail 15 Person Split Plan Instant Cabin
$190.04
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Two Man Mountain Trail Tent Woodland Camo Reinforced Polyethylene Floor NEW
Two Man Mountain Trail Tent Woodland Camo Reinforced Polyethylene Floor NEW
$54.74
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Ozark Trail 15 Person Instant Cabin Camping Tent Large 3 Room Family Split Base
Ozark Trail 15 Person Instant Cabin Camping Tent Large 3 Room Family Split Base
$176.08
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Ozark Trail 9 x 7 x 48 Instant Dome Tent Sleeps 4 Camping Hiking backpacking
Ozark Trail 9 x 7 x 48 Instant Dome Tent Sleeps 4 Camping Hiking backpacking
$129.99
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Ozark Trail 20 Person Cabin Tent
Ozark Trail 20 Person Cabin Tent
$196.99
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Family Picnic Tent Ozark Trail Base Camp 14 Person Cabin Camping Sleep 4 Rooms
Family Picnic Tent Ozark Trail Base Camp 14 Person Cabin Camping Sleep 4 Rooms
$187.46
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Ozark 10 Person Tent Trail Camping Cabin Family 14 x 10 Insulated Waterproof
Ozark 10 Person Tent Trail Camping Cabin Family 14 x 10 Insulated Waterproof
$167.76
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Ozark Trail 6 Person ConnecTent for Canopy Camping Tent Brand New And No Tax
Ozark Trail 6 Person ConnecTent for Canopy Camping Tent Brand New And No Tax
$65.65
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Trail Tent

West Coast Trail Tips #5-What to Bring

Taking a hiking adventure on the West Coast Trail is a great way to experience the real Pacific coast.  But coastal hikes can be grueling and difficult.  The weather is precocious, the ground conditions can be extremely variable, and the terrain can be hazardous.  Making it through can be by sheer brute will, but the gear you take can help ease the way.

There are four important gear groupings to look at when you are planning.  One area covers the gear for the time you are traveling.  The second area covers the gear for staying in camp.  Next, we have the area covering gear for the kitchen; and finally, we consider the clothing that you bring to deal with the changeable weather.

The Travel Gear

Travel gear includes the pack, the boots, the gaiters, the hydration system, and the pack cover.  The pack is best if is an inside frame, fully adjustable, waist-belted expedition pack.  If you have several people with larger packs, you can probably get away with a 60 liter pack, but on a 6 to 8 day camping tour, you need some volume.  Make sure you get the pack fitted for you by someone who knows how to fit it and adjust it to you.  Don't take it for certain that an employee of an outdoor store actually knows how to fit a pack, even they say they have been trained.  If you have any experienced hiker friends, as them to show you how to fit it properly.  A good fitting pack, properly adjusted makes sure you waste little of your energy.  Conserving your energy on the hike lessens fatigue and decreases the chance of accident and injury.

The most common injury on hiking trips are blisters, and the most common cause is poorly fit, poorly maintained, or not-broken-in hiking boots.  For the West Coast Trail and BC hiking on the coast, you need rugged, expedition hiking boots.  The trails are rugged and the packs heavy.  You need to make sure that the boots you have fit the bill.  Because the trails are most often muddy, gaiters are a major help in keeping feet dry.  In mud, the wetness does not get through the gaiter, even if it is over the boot top.  When you have standing water of 3 to 5 inches and mud up to the knee, gaiters are critical.

Water is vital to life, and beyond blisters, the most common injury on a hiking trip is dehydration.  The absolute, most critical factor to incorporate into your hydration system is accessibility.  Accessible water will be drunk.  Even if you don't take a filter or purification system, you need to have the water accessible.  The filtration system is also very important.  New gravity feed filtration systems are fast and easy.  They are worth researching.

The Accommodation Gear

At the end of the day, you need shelter and sleeping gear.  There are some great lightweight tents now on the market, ranging from about $200 to $600 for a two-person, three-season tent.  Some tents are great, but a real pain to put up.  If you get one of those tents, make sure you know how to put it up in wind and rain to keep is as stable and dry as possible.

Your sleeping gear contains your sleeping bag and insulating mat, as well as any bag liner you have.  On the west coast, the damp air can make anything wet.  Down bags lose their loft and warmth when they get wet.  Keeping your bag dry is critical, especially in the shoulder seasons when the temperatures are lower.  If your bag is GoreTex, you will not have to worry, but they are expensive.  A synthetic fill bag or a hybrid bag are better choices.  A heavy, -20 C is not needed.  You can stay with a lighter 0 C bag on the coast.  It rarely gets below freezing.  Your insulating mat can be a foam pad, a standard Thermarest, or derivative, or one of the ultralight sleeping pads, also made by Thermarest.

The Kitchen Gear

The most critical considerations for your kitchen, other than the food, are that the stove works, works without a hitch, and is repairable in the field.  And you also need to make sure you have your fuel when you leave.  Do not count on hooking on a campfire:  some beaches do not have enough wood.  There are very good, light stoves on the market.  It is easy to get one that is light, functional, and dependable.  Liquid fuels may seem heavy, but they are refillable.  Propane containers are heavy and are supposed to be refillable, but there are a lot of them that get thrown away.

Cooking pots add weight.  Only take the size you need for yourself or your group.  Plan on one pot meals, and limit the amount of cutlery.  Coffee press lids for drinking bottles make great French press coffee, without having to carry a separate pot.  Make sure you take the lid and have a good handle or pot grabber.

The Clothing

Clothing needs to be insulating.  The prime mantra is, "No cotton!"  Cotton dries slowly and does not insulate.  The most effective way to think about your clothing is to think like an onion, with layers.  Despite this Shrek-ly advice, layers increase the adjustability of your clothing options dramatically.  The best fabrics are wool and fleece.  New merino wool products that are thin make great base layers.  Putting thin layers of fleece over top help maintain warmth.

Being on the "wet coast," good rain gear is necessary.  Check your gear for waterproofness before you leave.  It can be light, as long as it is definitely waterproof.  Combining some fleece covered with rain gear breaks the wind and maintains the heat better inside the garments.  Rain gear is effectively another warmth layer.

Combining the clothing with the travel gear, the placement in the pack is important.  Thinking in terms of systems helps.  Have systems like, "quick warmth for stops" and develop it with your clothing and pack to always have some insulating clothing near an easy pack opening, and by leaving a space by the opening for putting the clothing back.  Dromedary hydration bags with the hose run out near the face and a gravity filter back beside the bag is a "hydration system."   A systems approach helps with consistency and so, it helps with safety and security.  We can't go into all gear options, but you can uncover more details with a bit of research.

The gear you bring to a hiking tour of the West Coast Trail is important.  The quality, usability, and the weight are important for getting from one end to the other as easily as possible.  Researching great gear and investing in quality are worth it when taking on a challenging backpacking hike like this.  Using a good tour company helps relieve some of the research time because they will help you with the details and give great suggestions for what to bring and the quality to consider.

To learn more about hiking trips on the West Coast Trail, visit www.coastalbliss.ca where you will find this and much more about adventure tours and BC coastal hiking.

About the Author

Gary Ward has been leading trips and teaching in wilderness areas for 20 years. Having travelled from desert to sea, he spends most of his time now in coastal areas, exploring the boundary between land and sea, land and sky, and sea and sky.

Gary can be found on one of these boundaries, running Coastal Bliss Adventures with his partner, Georgia Newsome, and writing about Beautiful BC.



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