• Views from the Continental Divide Trail on the Montana and Idaho border near Monida Pass. Photo by Meg Killen

CDT Gear Lists: Car-Camping & Backcountry

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Photo by Meg Killen

What fits in your car and what fits on your back?

What to bring on your CDT Montana volunteer project

Front-country or car-camping  projects are those that allow a few more luxuries because you can use your vehicle at the trailhead as your storage box for gear and food.
Car-Camping Gear List: 
MUST HAVE:

• Project Details from CDT MT site
• Medium Backpack (for work days)
• Tent, Tent Stakes, Tie Down Lines
• Sleeping Bag
• Sleeping pad
• Mess Kit: Fork/Knive, Plate or Bowl, Coffee Mug, Reusable Lunch Bag
• Camp Shoes (w/ toe coverage better, great if can double as river crossing shoes, too)
• Fleece Top/Jacket
• Camp Shirt (not for work)
• Pair (Fleece) Pants (something cozy)
• 1 Pair of Sacred Socks (only for sleeping)
• Long underwear (top & bottom)
• Beanie/Wool Hat
• 2-3 Stuff sacks to pack gear (good for extra bear hang bags, too)
• Headlamp (better than hand-held flashlight)
• Extra Batteries (for camera, headlamp, etc)
• Biodegradable Soap
• Matches/Lighter
• Toothbrush & Travel Toothpaste

Trail Work Gear:
• Work Pants (we recommend jeans or sturdy material, NOT lightweight hiking pants)
• Hiking Boots (w/ ankle support, waterproof is best, tennis shoes not recommended)
• Long-sleeved work shirt (wicking is best)
• Short-sleeved work shirt (wicking is best)
• Non-Cotton Socks
• Leather Work Gloves
• Rain Jacket
• Rain Pants
• Eye Protection (Sunglasses OK)
• Reusable Water Bottles/Water Bladder (need 3 liters minimum each day)
• Sunscreen
• Sun Hat
• Socks
• Undies
• Duct Tape (don’t bring big roll, just some)

SUGGESTED:

​• Knife or Multi Tool
• Camp Chair
• Pillow
• PacoPad or smilar large sleeping pad
• Bear Spray (for bears, not people – yes there is a difference)
• Whistle
• Carabineers (2-3)
• Moist Towelettes
• Biodegradable Toilet Paper (emergency supply, not full trip supply)
• Map of Land Area (Waterproof Topo)
• Fishing Pole / Gear + permits
• Moisturizing hand lotion
• Hand sanitizing lotion (travel size)
• 10’ Thin Parachute Cord (fixes broken straps, replaces belt, shoelaces, tent fly, hang food in a pinch, etc)
• Sewing / Gear Repair Kit
• Camera & Memory Card
• Camp Towel
• Belt
• Freezer Bags
• Trash Compactor Bag (pack inside stuff sack with sleeping bag inside compactor bag to waterproof and protect from snags/tears)
• Bug Spray
• Bandanna
• Comb, Brush
• Lib Balm w/Sunscreen
• ID & Money
• Safety Pins
• Ground Cloth / Tarp
• Swimming Suit
• Watch (waterproof)
• Book/Reading Material
• Kitchen Sink
  

Backcountry projects are those that require you to hike to camp with all the things you'll want on your back or a horse's back. 
Backcountry Gear List: 
MUST HAVE:

Camping Gear:
• Project Details from CDT MT site
• Large Backpack (for hike in/out)
• Medium Backpack (for work days)
• Tent, Tent Stakes, Tie Down Lines
• Sleeping Bag
• Sleeping pad
• Mess Kit: Fork/Knive, Plate or Bowl, Coffee Mug, Reusable Lunch Bag
• Camp Shoes (w/ toe coverage better, great if can double as river crossing shoes, too)
• Fleece Top/Jacket
• Camp Shirt (not for work)
• Pair (Fleece) Pants (something cozy)
• 1 Pair of Sacred Socks (only for sleeping)
• Long underwear (top & bottom)
• Beanie/Wool Hat
• 2-3 Stuff sacks to pack gear (good for extra bear hang bags, too)
• Headlamp (better than hand-held flashlight)
• Extra Batteries (for camera, headlamp, etc)
• Biodegradable Soap
• Matches/Lighter
• Toothbrush & Travel Toothpaste

Trail Work Gear:
• Work Pants (we recommend jeans or sturdy material, NOT lightweight hiking pants)
• Hiking Boots (w/ ankle support, waterproof is best, tennis shoes not recommended)
• Long-sleeved work shirt (wicking is best)
• Short-sleeved work shirt (wicking is best)
• Non-Cotton Socks (2 - 3 pairs)
• Leather Work Gloves
• Rain Jacket
• Rain Pants
• Eye Protection (Sunglasses OK)
• Reusable Water Bottles/Water Bladder (need 3 liters minimum each day)
• Sunscreen
• Sun Hat
• Socks
• Undies
• Duct Tape (don’t bring big roll, just some)

SUGGESTED:

Crazy Creek Chair
• Knife or Multi Tool
Bear Spray (for bears, not people – yes there is a difference)

• Whistle
• Carabineers (2-3)
• Moist Towelettes
• Biodegradable Toilet Paper (emergency supply, not full trip supply)
• Map of Land Area (Waterproof Topo)
• Fishing Pole / Gear + permits
• Moisturizing hand lotion
• Hand sanitizing lotion (travel size)
• 10’ Thin Parachute Cord (fixes broken straps, replaces belt, shoelaces, tent fly, hang food in a pinch, etc)
• Sewing / Gear Repair Kit
• Camera & Memory Card
• Camp Towel
• Belt
• Freezer Bags
• Trash Compactor Bag (pack inside stuff sack with sleeping bag inside compactor bag to waterproof and protect from snags/tears)
• Bug Spray
• Bandanna
• Comb, Brush
• Lib Balm w/Sunscreen
• ID & Money
• Safety Pins
• Ground Cloth / Tarp
• Swimming Suit
• Watch (waterproof)
• Book/Reading Material