Pisgah National Forest Packing List

Headed to the mountains of western North Carolina this fall? Here are a few key pieces of gear and outdoor clothing that will come in handy no matter what activity you will be partaking in, whether a climb in Linville, antiquing in Brevard, or hiking along the Art Loeb in Pisgah National Forest.

Wicking Base Layer
With temperatures ranging from 40-80 degrees this September, a wicking shirt is a key place to start your layers. Whether you grab a short sleeve or a long sleeve tee, the ability of synthetic or wool layers to keep you cool when temps are hot and warm when temps drop, is unprecedented. A Wicked Tee from Mountain Hardwear is a daily staple in the mountains!

Re-fillable Water Bottle
No need to waste fuel on disposable water bottles. Get in the habit of filling a Sigg, Nalgene or Klean Kanteen and your wallet and the landfill will thank you. Even as temps lower, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated when playing in the mountains!

A Lightweight Daypack

A comfortable, light day pack will keep you ready for a quick hike to one of Brevard's waterfalls, or keep your essentials nearby while toe tapping at Brevard Music Center. Daypacks have 1001 uses in western North Carolina!

Wool Socks
Whether sipping coffee by the fire, or heading out to bag some Pisgah peaks, Darn Tough & Smartwool Socks will keep your feet comfy and happy. Merino Wool= Cozy all year round!

A Fleece Pullover or Jacket
Fleece has come a long ways since the first hand me down I got from my brother (which is still alive and kicking.) You will love to curl up in a furry Monkey Man or Monkey Woman from Mountain Hardwear, and will find the temps just right to zip up a Marmot Power Stretch for a morning jaunt.

A Map or Guidebook
Word of mouth works great in Pisgah Forest for sure, but to get your hands dirty climbing, hiking, trailrunning or camping, you will fare best with either Selected Climbs in North Carolina or a map of Pisgah National Forest. We have both in stock (plus plenty of free beta) every day!

Looking Glass Outfitters is a full service gear shop open 7 Days a week at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and around the corner from Hendersonville, Brevard & Asheville.

Happy Exploring..........

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