Required Equipment and Supplies

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Required field equipment and supplies

  • Leather Hiking Boots (NO cowboy boots): important considerations when purchasing boots:
    • High ankle support - to help stabilize you hiking with backpack
    • Full leather boot recommended - provides most protection and water resistance
    • Thick tread - to grip uneven ground
    • Break-in period - purchase boots a few weeks before camp to soften leather
    • Purchase from walk-in store so you can test boots before purchase; example retailers in Wichita include Cabelas, Backwoods, Gander Mtn, etc
  • Backpack: important considerations when purchasing backpacks:
    • Internal Frame Pack; NO external frame packs
    • Pack volume around 2200cu inches (~36 liters)
    • Ultralight packs are too light for our use
    • Hip belt needed to distribute weight
    • Example retailers include REI, Backwoods, Dicks, Cabelas, Gander Mtn, etc

  • Belt - for strapping notebook pouch, hammer, and Brunton compass (compass supplied by camp)
  • Nalgene bottles, Camelbacks, etc.
  • Field notebook pouch
  • Camera (optional)
  • Field Notebook
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Fleece
  • Gloves and winter hat
  • Hand Lens (10x) required
  • Shorts
  • Jeans or khakis. 
  • Socks
  • Hydrochloric Acid (will be provided)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pants
  • Rock Hammer
  • Rock Hammer holder for belt (above)
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sandals
  • Hat
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen – waterproof
  • Lip Balm/Chapstick
  • Insect repellent
  • Bear Spray


Supplies for Camping, Dorm Life and Time Off

The department provides tents for 2-person accommodation. Please do not bring your tent unless otherwise directed. Space is limited at some campsites.

  • Dunk bag with utensils: ( knife, fork, spoon, bowl, plate, and drinking cup. )
  • Cell phone (suggested)
  • Money – cash, debit, ATM, and/or credit card
  • Pillow (suggested)
  • MP3, music player and headphones (suggestion)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Hacky sack, frisbee, etc (suggestion

Required Mapping Supplies

  • Colored pencil set (Prismacolor-get largest available)
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Small plastic Pencil sharpener
  • Clear plastic Protractor
  • Rapidograph-Style Pens (black equivalent of 1, 0, and 00)
  • Rulers (flat, either with both MM and Inches) or one of each
  • Triangular Engineers Scale/Ruler
  • Vinyl eraser
  • White Out fluid
  • Calculator