Capitol Reef National Park
Hiking gear includes tents, hiking boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, camping stoves, rain jackets as well as suitable
attire. Hiking gear is important since hiking is an outdoor activity that will reward an efficient backpacker and punishes the over-packer.
This may be due to the fact that one has to live out of the backpack and so need to assemble a packing list that best suits the purpose for
which it is intended. For instance, the backpack should be 3,500 to 5,000 cubic inches and the sleeping bag should be rated to 20-300F. To
provide adequately for eating and drinking, one would need hiking gear consisting of water bottles of at least one to two liter capacity,
water purification, stoves and fuel, cooking kit as well as matches and lighters, lightweight bowls and spoons and a utility knife such as
a Swiss Army-type.
The Essential Clothing Items Required For Hiking
Any hiking gear would be incomplete without adequate clothing and these should include boots that have been broken in and
are waterproof, camp shoes, three pair socks, long underwear, long underwear tops, a pair of shorts, T-shirts, rain jackets and pants,
woolen of fleece sweaters, jackets and hats, liner gloves as well as a bandana.
A visit to the Capitol Reef National Park would suit a hiker who is equipped completely with hiking gear as there is plenty
of space available for hiking in the 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes as well as monoliths. There are a wide range of
habitat types at Capitol Reef National Park that supports a diversity of plant as well as animal life. The hiker would be well advised to
carry hiking gear that matches the weather conditions prevalent at the Canyon Reef National Park and here, summer temperatures may rise
into the higher 90s F and the nights cool to about 50 F and 60 F.
During July there may be thunderstorms, cloudbursts, flash floods and lightning so one need to have waterproof tents as
well as weather resistant tents and apparel. There are opportunities to hike longer trails or to join in a ranger-guided walk. The routes
along the Waterpocket District or Cathedral Valley roads provide short trails ideally suited for hikers and one may also backpack into the
remote corners of the park and get some quiet and solitude. There is however, need to obtain a free backcountry permit in case one wishes
to go on overnight backcountry trips.
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