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The Adventure Lodge
(610) 746-9212
224 Nazareth Pike
Bethlehem, PA
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(610) 264-7511
Grape Street &MacArthur Road
Whitehall, PA
Hours
10:00AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
11:00AM - 6:00PM SUNDAY

Taylor Rental Center
(908) 454-1850
2527 Belvidere Road
Phillipsburg, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 373-7366
Broadcasting Shopping Center
Reading, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(412) 858-1200
Monroeville Mall Annex
Monroeville, PA
 
Sports Authority
(610) 435-1951
Whitehall Square Shopping Center, 2180 Macarthur Road, Building A
Whitehall, PA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(610) 253-3530
Lower Nazareth Commons, 3855 Dryland Way
Easton, PA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Extreme Adventure Travel
(570) 801-1231
536A Totts Gap Road
Bangor, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(412) 635-9004
Northway Mall
Pittsburgh, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 518-5200
Brandywine Square Shopping Center
Downingtown, PA
 

What To Take on a Pack Trip

If you have never been on a pack trip, you might be in a dither wondering exactly what to take. Not to worry. First-timers usually take more than what they actually need, but sometimes overlook a few essentials that will make any trip more comfortable.

Your first step is to read carefully the information sent to you by the outfitter to see what he recommends you bring. Many outfitters supply tents, but a few do not. Clarify what your outfitter does. If you prefer to take your own tent, even if the outfitter will provide one for you, ask him if he will have the space to pack yours along. It should be small and fold into a compact size.

Tents are not always necessary on pack trips, and many campers prefer sleeping under the stars. But a tent is handy for changing clothes, and a luxury in rain.

Very few outfitters supply sleeping bags. If your trip will be taking you into high-mountain country, buy or borrow a bag whose comfort range goes down to about zero degrees. Temperatures can drop well below freezing, even in midsummer, when you are camped above 8,000 feet or higher. Besides, you can always make a bag cooler by unzipping it, but it's sure tough to make it warmer.

Some type of mattress will contribute to a good night's sleep by making the ground more comfortable, and by protecting you from the ground's chill and dampness. You can choose a traditional air mattress (be sure to take along a small pump) or one of the newer foam pads that do not need inflating.

If your tent does not have a floor, a waterproof ground sheet will protect your mattress and other gear. Ground sheets aren't expensive, fold neatly and are also handy for stacking gear on outside the tent.

Two other essentials are a rain slicker and some type of hat. The best slicker is full length, so it covers your saddle and legs. Short slickers or ordinary raincoats will not keep your saddle or legs dry, and neither will some ponchos. Slickers will also keep you warm in cold weather because heat from the horse rises upward into the slicker.

Some people prefer rain jackets and pants, but they have two disadvantages: 1. You have to dismount to don the pants;2. They will not keep your saddle, or anything tied on it, dry. A saddle that gets soaking wet stays wet long after it quits raining.

I personally don't like to wear a hat, so I keep a baseball cap or rain hat stuffed into a saddlebag until it's needed. Many people wear regular western straws or felts, and they do a fine job of shedding water. But if your hat is prone to blow off, use a stampede string so you don't lose it.

The accompanying checklist includes other essentials, plus some optional items. How much to take depends partly on personal preference and partly on whether the outfitter gives each person a weight limit. Sometimes this is necessary to prevent overloading the pack horses in steep, rugged country.

On the checklist you'll note that a saddle is listed. Although outfitters provides saddles, you might ...

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