What To Bring To An Outing

Each activity write-up in our newsletter - Tracks - will explain what participants must bring to that activity.

The special items recommended by The Angeles Chapter and should always be with you have become known as the The Ten Essentials:

The Ten Essentials

Map of the area
Extra food and water
Extra clothing
Waterproof matches
Fire starter
First aid kit

In an emergency, The Ten Essentials, cannot be improvised, and they can save your life. Keep them in a small bag, ready to be thrown into your pack whenever you leave the road.

For overnight outings, the leaders will provide a list of recommended supplies to all registered participants in an SASE.

Passes & Permits

If you plan to park your car in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres or San Bernardino National Forests for one of our activities, you will need a National Forest Adventure Pass. A daily pass is $5. And the annual one is $30. Either may be purchased at any US Forest Service office or at various private vendors that sell wilderness supplies.

If one of our outings is in an area that requires a Widerness Permit, the leader of the outing will usually get that permit for the group.


Always read the description of an outing in Tracks very carefully. And make sure that you meet the conditioning requirments for that outing, as stated in the writeup, before you participate in it.

Generally, a hike of more than 6 miles and a 1200 ft elevation gain is 'moderate' and not suitable for beginners. If the writeup specifies 'strenuous', 'fast-paced', 'no beginners', etc., expect extra exercise and skill requirements. And if you are unsure whether you are in condition for an activity, call the leader first.


Please familiarize yourself with the Angeles Chapter's Chapter Outings Policies on Activities Requirements under the subheading Transportation. For we do not take an active role in making arrangements for ridesharing. However, we do encourage you to make such arrangements. And, as such, we will provide you with information on participants who might be interested in ridesharing.

If you register for an overnight trip, that information will be provided to you in a SASE.

Weather & Road Conditions

It is always a good idea to check the weather & road conditions before you set out on an activity. And now you can do it on-line, from the Angeles Chapter's Weather & Road Reports page.

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