Neither of us are veterans in camping. I’ve camped 2 times with the guys from the church. I think Hani has hiked/camped more times than me. So for our first year anniversary (October 27), we’ve decided to hike 3 miles uphill and spend the night at Crystal Cove State Park’s camp ground. I don’t know if it’s a good idea or not to hike 3 miles with our 40 pound backpacks on a first year anniversay; but we are a bit excited preparing for the hike.
Last weekend (October 11, 2008) we went for a say 2 hour hike with our friends Tim and Jennifer at Del Cerro Park, California. This was our second time hiking at this trail and we did a lot better this time compared to the last time. Last time I wasted my energy running on an uphill at the beginning of the trail and I didn’t have strength hike back to the car! But this time we just had a relaxed walk talking with our friends and covered more distance and we weren’t exhausted at all. After the hike last Saturday morning we ended up in Hof’s Hut a great breakfast food place in Torrance. I think we gained more calories that morning eating at Hof’s Hut than the calories that we lost in the 2 hour hike. 🙂
Anyway, back to our camping preparation. Hani and I did some shopping this weekend getting ready for our first camping ever, here are the gears that we have so far:
- North Face Terra 60 and Terra 40 bacpacks
- Coleman queen size air-bed
- Ozark Trail 9′ x 8′ hexagonal tent from Walmart
- Ozark Trail 9′ x 12′ heavy-duty tarp from Walmart
- Coleman Micro Packer Lantern
- Energizer 6 LED Head lights
- Swiss Gear queen size sleeping bag
- Compact Stove + container (to heat-up the soup)
- Campbell’s Chunky! (THE soup)
- First aid kit
- Emergency pancho
We need to pack in water since the campsite does not have any water. We are looking for some kind of a water container that could hold water for an overnight camping for two people, and remember we need to hike 3 + 3 miles with it. Could you please let us know if you have any suggestions on that and if there is anything else that we should pack ?