down or select from the list)
Transport: North Coast to Jarabacoa to La Cienega de Manabao [4.5 hours]
Trek: La Cienega de Manabao to Los Tablones [2.5 miles, elevation 3,280
to 3,940 ft]
Trek: Los Tablones to La Compartición [11 miles, 3,940 ft to
Trek: La Compartición to Pico Duarte to La Cienega de Manabao
7,710 ft to 10,230 ft to 3,280 ft]
Transport: La Cienega de Manabao to North Coast [4.5 hours]
need at least two backpack/bags:
1) a day
pack, small backpack, or fanny pack (you will carry this on the trek)
2) a larger
pack or duffel bag for clothing and personal items (carried by the pack
sleeping bag does not have to fit in larger pack/duffell as it can be
packed separately on the mule
and Gear - To make the most of your Pico Duarte hike, please follow
the suggestions found in this clothing and gear list. REMEMBER!: raingear
is essential for any outdoor vacation - it's your "travel insurance."
- hat & gloves (optional)
- prescription lenses / contact lenses (plus backups)
- 2-3 t-shirts (inner layer)
- 1 pullover/long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt (middle layer)
- RAIN JACKET (shell layer)
- sturdy shoes or hiking boots (already worn in-no new shoes!!)
- extra laces
- 3 pairs of light wool or synthetic material socks (we recommend that these be used in conjuction with wicking liner socks
- camp shoes or sandals
EQUIPMENT & GEAR
- sun block (minimum SPF 15)
- bug repellent
- 2 1-liter personal water bottles
- bandana / scarf
- small/médium-size towel
- camera & film (plus extra batteries)
- flashlight / headlamp (plus extra batteries)
- personal first aid kit
- personal toiletries
- hand sanitizer
- pocket knife
- sleeping bag
- sleeping mat
- copy of picture page of valid passport
- health / travel insurance (copy of policy, insurance card, phone numbers of providers)
temperatures in the Armando Bermudez Park, where Pico Duarte is located,
are between 12 degrees and 21 degrees Celcuis (53 degrees and 75 degrees
Farenheight) most of the year. In the winter, December and January,
temperatures may drop to minus 8 degrees Celcius (17 degrees Farenheight)
at dawn. While it never sticks, snow and frost have been reported
at the summit.
rainfall in the Armando Bermudez Park is between 1000 and 4000 millimeters
(39 and 156 inches).
- Pack everything
in plastic bags so they stay dry.
- Take more
film than you think you need.
- Pack light.
fabric that "breathes" helps to prevent you from overheating.
layers makes it convenient to add or remove clothing, as the weather
and elevation changes.
You main pack should be just large enough to hold all your clothes.
Line the inside of you pack with a plastic garbage bag to keep your
clothes dry, or put clothes in smaller individual bags. Zip Lock bags
work well. Please do not bring a pack with a metal frame as we cannot
pack them on the mules. We can pack your sleeping bag in our packs if
you don't have space in yours.
You must bring a small day pack which you will carry all the time. This
day pack is to be used only for your rain gear, personal water bottle,
warmer middle layer, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, and snacks
(provided by Tours Trips Treks & Travel). REMEMBER, you have to
carry it, so keep it light!
Tested "Gems" from the Ol'Timers
on Fabrics, Footwear, Fitting Your Boots, And Taking Care of Them
A wool, pile,
or polypropylene hat thatcan pulled down over your ears is essential,
since most of your body's heat is lost through your head. Putting on
and taking off a hat makes a surprisingly big difference in how warm
It is vital
to your comfort and safety that all your clothing be both quick drying
and warm. Wool is a favorite of outdoors people because it keeps much
of its insulating qualities when it is wet. Sythetic materials, such
as polypropelene and pile, work the same way, and many find them more
comfortable next to the skin. Don't let the fact that we are in the
Caribbean fool you. There will very likely be frost on the ground when
when we awake to push the summit!
cotton, especially denim, are not recommended for clothing. Both are
useless when they get wet. If you have ever noticed how long it takes
for jeans to dry in the dryer, imagine how long it takes while they
sit in your backpack. For these reasons, we do not recommend 100% cotton
materials...until we are back at the park headquarters (nothing feels
better!) Polyester-cotton blends are much better. In general, fine rather
than course materials are preferred. All of your cloting should be loose-fitting
Yes, we said, NEVER! Attempt a multi-day hike in remote wilderness in
footwear that is not already broken in. Period.
footwear is necessary for your safety and enjoyment on the trail. There
are a tremendous amount of options available on the market, and it can
be quite confusing. The best boot for the purposes of Pico Duarte is
a light to medium-weight boot with above-the-ankle support and a hard
rubber sole. Quality is not limited to a specific brand, and you should
be able to find good boots from US$35 to US$100, although you can certainly
spend more! Take this information with you when you go shopping, and
ask the salesperson LOTS of questions.
you are unlikely to judge within the first five minutes your are walking
around a store if your boots have the propper fit. Some stores will
let you buy boots with the understanding that you may return them if
they are not comfortable after wearing them aroud the house for several
go to try on boots, wear the socks that you will have with you on the
trail. Experiment with lacing the boots in different ways for what feels
the most comfortable. Ask the salesperson for his or her recommendations.
Following these tests will ensure a propper fit.
light, wick-dry (polypropelene, sheer wool, nylon, or silk) sock next
to the skin, with a light to medium wool sock over it, provides both
cushioning and protection from friction.
TEST 1: With
the boots unlaced, and your toes touching the front of the boot, the
boot should be large enough to place your forefinger between your heel
and the heel of the boot.
TEST 2: With
the boot laced, your heel must be firmly lodged in the heel cup with
practicially no lift when you walk.
TEST 3: The
boot should fit snugly around the ball of your foot so that when you
twist your foot, it does not move or slip inside the boot.
TEST 4: When
on a steep incline, your toes should not hit the end of the boot - or
- When tapping the front of your boot against the floor, your toes should
hit the end of the boot on the third tap.
boots in. Begin wearing your boots well before your first multi-day
hike, especially the 3-day Pico Duarte. Walk around town and at home
in them as much as possible, every day for several weeks. Broken-in
boots have walked at least 30 miles on both level and rough ground.
If you start feeling "hot spots" on your feet, treat them
immediately with moleskin, available in most drug stores. Blisters are
a hiker's worst enemy (and low blood sugar). Be kind to your feet!
After you are sure they fit properly, your boots should be waterproofed.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for boots with Gore-tex or
nylon uppers. If they are leather, use three to four appliations of
Sno-Seal, Bee-Seal, or other waterproofing paste.
YOUR OL'TIMERS HINTS. THEY ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!