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Pack Trips Shrewsbury MA

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New England Backpacker
(508) 853-9407
6 E. Mountain St.
Worcester, MA
 
Sports Authority
(508) 229-0343
Solomon Pond Mall, 870 Donald J. Lynch Boulevard
Marlborough, MA
Services
Golf Simulator, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Eastern Mountain Sports
(508) 481-2107
753 Donald J. Lynch Boulevard
Marlborough, MA
 
Wild Bird Gardens
(508) 234-0111
670 Linwood Ave
Northbridge, MA
 
Northern Paddler Outdoor Store
(508) 248-1749
14 Worcester Rd.
Charlton, MA
 
Eastern Mountain Sports
(508) 865-6776
70 Worcester Providence Turnpike
Millbury, MA
 
Fin & Feather Sports
(508) 529-3901
Rt. 140 - Upton Center
Upton, MA
 
Wild Bird Gardens and Kayaks
(508) 234-0111
670 Linwood Avenue
Linwood, MA
 
Sports Authority
(508) 634-4060
101 Cedar Street
Milford, MA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Framingham REI Store
(508) 270-6325
375 Cochituate Rd
Framingham, MA
 

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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