Weber State University, HARBOR

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HARBOR Recommended Field Trip Personal Gear

Field Day Gear (One day trips or during the day at Flight Week)

Flight Team members should all have:

1. Thin gloves to keep your hands warm, but thin enough to do detailed work.
2. A warm hat is nice to have.
3. Medium weight coat and long pants. (It is surprisingly cold in the mornings, especially if there is a breeze.)
4. A multitool or good pocket knife is incredibly handy to have.

Chase Team members will need stuff for the hike into the field: 

1. A light weight backpack like a book-bag size day pack
2. Hydration bag ("CamelBak") or water bottles 
3. Some snacks for the hike. Gorp ("trail mix") and granola bars work well. 
4. Comfortable hiking shoes/boots that have already been broken in. 
5. Sunscreen and a hat.

Camping Gear for Flight Week

If we are camping out and if you are going to share a tent, trailer, stove, food, pots, whatever with someone, it is YOUR responsibility to arrange for this partnership IN ADVANCE. 

It will be cold at the Duchesne Near-Space Airport (Rydman Flight Center) in the morning (same for Evanston). Make sure you bring warm clothes! 

Below is a list of things you should strongly consider having. (Note that some of these items can be cheaply rented from the WSU Outdoor Program.) 

1. Thin gloves (it will be cold at launch time and you will need your dexterity.) 
2. Warm hat, pants and coat. Flight prep is not an aerobic activity. 
3. Light weight clothes for the chase and mid-day hanging out. 
4. A waterproof tent (not all tents are...) 
5. A mid-weight sleeping bag. If all you have is a light weight "summer bag" then bring warm clothes to wear inside the bag. 
6. A sleeping pad under your sleeping bag will make life much nicer. 
7. Flashlight. (Headlamps are actually better.) 
8. Bug spray might be nice for the afternoon and early evening. 
9. Pillows are nice but take up a lot of volume. Inflatable pillows or just putting your spare clothes into your sleeping bag stuff sack is not as comfy but is much more space efficient. 

A few additional comments for those with less camping experience: 

1. Bring simple foods to prepare. Especially for breakfast, with launch prep starting at 0600 there simply won't be time for fancy breakfasts. (Note: bagels survive being smashed better than bread does.)
2. Don't bring food for everyone. It is good to have some to share for fun and friendship, but if everyone brings an army's worth of food there won't be any room for HARBOR equipment! :-) 
3. There will be at least one stove (Dr. Sohl's). If you don't want to wait in line, bring your own. NOTE: bring your own (or arrange to share in advance) pots, dishes, forks, etc. etc. 
4. Camping Rule of Thumb: Life is easier if you don't have lots of clean up to do.   (Bacon sure is nice, but the clean up is misery unless you cook it over the fire.)

Important Note: Bring what you need, but be compact about it. 

Most nights we'll build a campfire (weather permitting) and make 'smores, be prepared to have fun!