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What to Bring

camping tents

Application Deadline:

February 14, 2014

Contact the field camp director:

Field Camp Supply List

The following is the list of required gear presented as a checklist.

Please go over this several times before you arrive at camp as there are few or no opportunities to get some of these things once we are on the road.  Note that your gear should be packed in a compact manner, in soft luggage such as a duffel bag.  Hard luggage is difficult to deal with in our situation.  Large backpacks are fine.

Typically, we expect that you will be able to pack virtually everything you own (at camp) in a large size duffel bag.  The exception might be a sleeping bag or tent which can be packed separately.  Please think carefully about what is necessary and what is not.

If you have questions about what is appropriate or necessary, contact the Camp Director.

What you are required to bring

Camping gear

  • Warm sleeping bag (it will be frosty some mornings)
  • Thermarest pad or inflatable mattress or similar
  • Tent with rain fly (yes, it does rain occasionally) and ground cloth – sharing a tent is a good idea (if you have someone you can live with for 5 weeks!)

Field gear

  • Day pack large for lunch, water, field supplies, extra clothing, rock samples, etc. – don’t go too small on this item
  • Water bottles or hydration cell (at least 3 liters is recommended)
  • Field vest, rock hammer, safety glasses
  • Hand lens, acid bottle (we’ll provide acid when you get here), magnet
  • Brunton compass if you want to use your own
  • Durable field notebook (e.g., Rite-in-the Rain - a steno or spiral-bound notebook will not work)
  • Pencils/erasers & sharpener or waterproof pens for note-taking
  • Map board or clipboard (we recommend that your map/clipboard have minimal ferrous material in it or you may have compass issues!); a simple and effective map board can be made from two pieces of 9x12 plexiglass (3/32 thick) or similar material held together by some duct tape. There are a number of outlets on the internet that can provide a wide variety of premade map boards
  • Personal first aid kit – particularly any critical medicines that you may need
  • Cell phone and charger (for safety purposes)
  • Inexpensive (or expensive if you prefer) digital camera for field photos
  • Drafting equipment
  • Compass for use with stereonets etc.
  • Scale rulers (we suggest C-thru brand, usually available at campus bookstores; get a 10/50 and 20/40 and a couple spares)
  • Colored pencils, specifically “Berol PRISMACOLOR Verithin Colored Pencil Set of 24” which can be found online at many art stores for about $10. Be careful to get the right set or your colors will not work
  • Permanent markers for contacts, faults, etc. on final project maps. “Sakura Pigma Micron Pen” is recommended and can be found at art stores or online. I recommend at least three (all black): 0.20, 0.30, and 0.45 micron (and you may want extras).
  • Several “Sharpie” brand markers (or similar) for labeling samples
  • Pocket calculator (optional, but useful)
  • We will provide tracing paper and other necessary paper items

Personal Items

  • A range of clothing to cover the anticipated weather conditions (see website)
  • Hats are essential
  • Good field boots (break them in before coming to camp!) and plenty of heavy-duty socks
  • Personal toiletries and medications (including sunscreen and lip balm)
  • Wristwatch or other timepiece (required for meeting rendezvous times)
  • Any medical needs

What You May Want to Bring

If you own some of the items below, you may wish to bring them. We have never had a problem with theft, but remember that we will be in a field situation where it may be difficult to lock up expensive gear. The University cannot accept responsibility for personal items.

  • Your own GPS receiver (we will provide GPS receivers as needed for projects but if you prefer your own that is fine – just make sure you know how to use it!)
  • Laptop computer – can be very useful, but is not necessary (and we don’t insure it)
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife or Leatherman tool
  • Whistle or other emergency signaling device
  • Flashlight or headlamp (LED lamps recommended as they last a long time on batteries)

What You May Not Bring

  • Pets of any sort (except pet rocks....)
  • Significant others, friends, etc.
  • Firearms or large knives (may be grounds for immediate dismissal)
  • Mountain bikes, kayaks, or other large gear that is difficult to transport

What We Will Provide

  • Common gear for camp (cooking gear, large tents, tables, benches, water supplies, shovels, etc.)
  • Vehicles for field work
  • Consumable supplies (food, TP, etc.)
  • Camp and vehicle first aid gear
  • Some drafting supplies not listed above
  • Expensive equipment such as Bruntons, GPS, hard hats, etc. (If you use one of the UNR Bruntons rather than your own, it will require a $75.00 CASH deposit that is refundable when you return the compass intact)
  • Laptop computers and printers (limited in number, but sufficient for writing reports and other activities)

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