In various forums and in LJ, for people who want to go camping for the first time, “specialists” (who went down a simple walk once or twice) sometimes give such advice that you don’t know what to do – to cry or laugh. What nonsense they do not advise, not realizing that then someone can pay for it with their health. In this regard, and in connection with contacting me with similar questions, I will try to give some recommendations to newcomers. I hope they will be useful and save them at least money and health, but as a maximum …!
A small introduction When going for the first time to the mountains, many begin acquaintance with the area they are interested in by reading travel reports and memories of tourists who visited there. All this is great, but one thing to keep in mind – it is common for a person to forget all the hardships and hardships over time, leaving only the most vivid positive events of life in his memory. That is why in most of these memories we see beautiful photographs of very beautiful places and a story about how great it was. Almost nothing is written about the difficulties. At the same time, an inexperienced reader has a false idea of a campaign as a peculiar (albeit lengthy) walk to a beautiful place. Why am I all this? And to the fact that I would like to start the preparation tips for the trip with one primitive truth – hiking in the mountains is almost daily hard (and sometimes VERY hard) work! And only if you understand this, is meaning to start a conversation about equipment. To begin with, we’ll agree that we will be talking about preparing for the campaign “N / A” – “1 C.S.” (without access to ice and snow). A small explanation: “n / a” – a non-categorical campaign (the lowest category of difficulty), “1 c.” – the first category of complexity (the so-called “unit”), “2 C.S.” – the second category of complexity (“deuce”), etc. to the Six. So, let’s start. I will give a list of individual equipment and clothing that I have been using for many years. This is the most necessary and it is always enough to go through any campaign to the “deuce” inclusive. – boots, – backpack, – sleeping bag, – replaceable shoes, – “running” suit (I have army camouflage), – “pajamas” (tracksuit), – puffer coat, – wool socks, – thin cotton socks, – ski hat, – windbreaker (jacket + pants), – raincoat, – woolen vest, – 2-3 T-shirts, t-shirts, – knife, – spoon, cup, bowl. Now let’s take a closer look at each item. Shoes The main thing in the campaign is shoes! If it is not chosen correctly and poorly dressed, then the legs are crushed literally on the first day, and all the next days of the campaign for this poor fellow (and, accordingly, for the whole group) turn into torment. I want to say right away – for the campaign in mountains need special shoes. But “special”, this does not mean that ANYONE, if only to differ from ordinary urban. For example, one crank last summer, in one of my groups, brought home construction boots with an iron toe (a metal (!!!) plate in a sock) from home! Imagine his surprise and sadness, sorrow when the shoes just bought began to fall apart literally on the fifth day of the journey. It so happened that in this group there was a man who was most directly related to the release of these very shoes. You can imagine her surprise when she saw boots on a HILLING hike that were originally designed for factory and factory engineers and senior industrial workers. So, my brothers, not everything that has a thick sole needs to be dragged with you to the mountains! Also, you don’t need to carry any nonsense in the mountains, such as sandals, beach slippers and a sneaker. Sooner or later (usually early), this quest for adventure on your ass ends in disrepair. It is likely that in this case the group, instead of continuing an interesting hike through fabulously beautiful places, will have to sadly come back, dragging the injured unlucky experimenter. Two types of shoes are suitable for hiking – tourist and army. Tourist: “pluses” – specially designed for hiking, high-quality materials, durable, comfortable “minuses” – high price, if leather, then quite heavy. Army: “pluses” are the same as in the first case, with the exception of durability and comfort (the latter is rather arbitrary), but the inexpensive price of “minuses” – stem from the missing “pluses” – lasts a maximum of 2-3 seasons and more simple in terms of comfort. Of course, in both cases we are talking about leather shoes. For myself, I have long made a choice in favor of army boots. Given their low cost, it’s easier for me to buy a new pair every 2-3 years, than to buy super-duper tricked out expensive imported shoes, and then to groom and cherish them like a beloved girl for 5-6 years. Or another option (especially suitable for young ladies) is to buy hiking boots not entirely from leather, but from nubuck and synthetic inserts. In this case, you get the pluses of all of the above shoes in one person, with the exception of one – durability. Here, with luck, you can carry 5 seasons, or you can kill in a year. In any case, choosing shoes, pay attention primarily to the depth of the tread and the presence of the heel. The first should be maximum, the second is very desirable. Now about the sole. As a rule, the sole material is of two types – soft and hard. At one time I went hiking in army boots with a sole made of foam rubber for a long time. Due to its softness, a very good depreciation is obtained, which is especially noticeable when walking on stones for a long time (if you walk in slippers, your legs do not get tired at all). Another big plus is light weight. But at the same time there is a minus – if the foot falls between the stones standing with the letter “v” and slides down to a bottleneck, then the sole, without transverse stiffness, literally folds, and the stones from the sides very painfully wedge your foot. Therefore, I’ve already crossed over two years ago on shoes with a hard sole. As a result, it became a little less comfortable walking, but absolutely safe. Another point worth mentioning separately. In the mountains, there are not rare cases when a leg tucks up. If in the city this usually ends with just unpleasant sensations, then in the mountains, on the rocks and under a heavy backpack, this can easily lead to a serious sprain, which automatically ties the entire group to a parking lot for several days and accordingly breaks the entire trip. I personally use the advantages of army boots – high berets. Tightly lacing them, you fix the ankle very well, and in case of a turn of the leg (which sometimes happens during the trip), instead of an injury or serious pain, you just get off with a fright. And more … Having bought any shoes, do not forget to treat them with water-repellent impregnation! Continuing the conversation about shoes, it is necessary to mention one more thing – removable (camp) shoes. In order to give your beloved legs an opportunity to relax in the camp after a hard day, you need to have a second pair of shoes with you. Low sneakers are optimal. In addition to moving around the camp, they will give you confidence that, if you were left without hiking boots (if this suddenly happened), you will not be completely bloated. Although for these purposes I completely manage with such “slippers”, bought for one summer. Their main advantages: – minimum weight (and in the mountains it is very important), – “breathing fabric” (after a day in the shoes it’s very nice to wear these light rag slippers), – very compact (you can put it anywhere in the backpack), – funny price (they are very cheap), – can be worn as slippers (having squeezed the back and quickly putting your foot in there), or as ordinary sneakers (lacing them on the foot).
To be continued.
I will object to both Sergey and Alexey
Alex – army boots with high berets are different. The author of the article was photographed in cheap Belarusian boots of the England model. I had such. The skin is thin but tough, wrinkled even with good impregnation with fats. The sole does not cushion in principle. It doesn’t stop walking along the soft forest paths, but I would not have ventured into the mountains. I congratulate the author on the fact that his joints and blood capillaries in the heel are able to withstand such mockery. The tongue of such a boot is not fully sewn, and when the creeks cross, water penetrates. Strength … so-so. In the Polar Urals, my friend broke the same shoes very quickly and then walked in sneakers. However: 1) Mountain boots of the old type differed from typical army boots mainly in strength. There are cheap models from the yuft, you can break it only by spending a lot of effort kicking sharp stones. But they must first be carried along the leg, and then go on a large hike, otherwise they will completely erase the legs. Before wearing, the skin should be deeply saturated with castor oil or special grease for shoes (there is not much difference). 2) For lovers of reconstruction and vintage, mountain boots are sold on military equipment forums, which have been lying in army warehouses for 40 years. They weigh the devil knows that the sole is stiff, if you’re lucky – a porous insole. 3) There are modern expensive army boots that differ from good hiking boots only in radically black color. Makes them, for example, the same Lowa / 4) Now I go hiking in army boots EM-57, which are sewn in Ukraine in small batches under an Italian license. They just have a foam sole (the bottom layer is not porous). It’s very thick, because it damps perfectly, especially, Alexei, on the descent! And I doubt that it can develop when jammed. The disadvantages of these boots are different. On the slope of 30 degrees, the heel abuts against the heel, because these boots are not designed for relief. Ankle fixation is practically absent – berets are very soft and without a thick lining, as in hiking boots. This, however, does not bother me. 5) Special hiking boots have two minuses. Firstly, they are more often made from suede and fabric than from normal skin. Have you tried to wash this from dirt? Secondly, the thick lining, which is inserted to improve fixation and comfort, dries brutally for a long time. On this, I’m probably going to round off with my boring) However, one more thing. For good sneakers and shoes you can catch good discounts. And for what the author of the article buys, there are no discounts. This shifts the price-quality ratio not in favor of his choice.