On October 18 & 19, DNA Fit Club will be going on an over night hike to “Table Top”, beginning at Pima Canyon Trailhead. This will be a rugged 6 hour ascent up some rocky, and steep terrain, and will definitely be a test of endurance. We consider this event to be for the intermediate to advanced adventure seeker capable of packing their own supplies such as plenty of water, sleeping bag, and food at the very least. You pack it in, You pack it out!
We plan on carpooling as there are fees for overnight parking.
We don’t know at this point if we could expect wet weather, however, I put a list together that includes optional rain gear. Things you will need:
- WATER! Arizona BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT suggests 1 gallon per person, per day. This varies per individual, but if you’re unsure about how much to bring, 1 gallon per day is generally a good start. October in the Catalinas shouldn’t be too hot, plus our rainy season might provide some emergency water sources if needed. 2 gallons of water weighs 16lbs, but too much might be better than not enough.
- Very comfortable footwear. Try to avoid shoes that have mesh tops that would allow thorns through. Hiking boots might be the best option.
- Sleeping bag
- Tarp in case it rains. (a light weight tent if you’d be ok with hiking up the extra weight)!
- Jacket/sweater. You might need this for hanging out in the evening by the camp fire. Type might depend on your preference.
- Food. Ready to eat and/or canned food might be the best option.
- Hat (optional)
- Wear pants not shorts. (optional, though there will be some bush whacking). I love my convertible zip-off pants to shorts!
- An extra pair of socks. I always take a spare on over-nighters.
- Headlamp and spare batteries. Have you ever had to use the restroom in pitch black, at 2am in the middle of the woods?
- Toilet paper. See above.
- Poncho. This is a very light and compact solution to rainy weather. Worth it IMO.
- Insect repellent. Optional, but could keep you comfy.
- Zip lock bags. 1st for food and stuff. 2nd to keep your phone/electronics safe in case of rain.
- A couple of large garbage bags. Multi-use but could also be a rain cover for your backpack.