Welcome to the Young Disciple Wilderness Experience! 

On this page, you will find several resources for the Wilderness Experience from how to hang a bear bag to where to find a good quality cookpot. 

Packing Checklist

WE Packing Checklist form (will be shared closer to the trip)

Meal Planning

WE Menu Planning form (will be shared closer to the trip)

Helpful Links

Below are links mentioned in the information booklet, as well as a few other resources. The more you research ahead of time, the more your experience will be enhanced. 

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

How to Hang a Bear Bag

Taking Care of Your Feet

Sources for Gear


  Base Layer

    Costco.com: 32 Degrees Synthetic Men's Base Layer Pants $11.97 (Shirts and women's versions also available.)


    Eddiebauer.com: "Buff" Multiclava $10.00


    Amazon.com: Wool Nylon Blend Gloves

  Down Jacket

    Costco.com: Eddie Bauer Hooded Down Jacket $39.99

  Rain Jacket

    Amazon.com: Frogg Toggs Waterproof Jacket


   Costco Warehouse: Check in Spring/Summer for Eddie Bauer or other brand hiking pants.

   Eddiebauer.com: Watch for sales on their hiking pants.

  Hiking Shoes

  REI.com: Altra Lone Peak ($80-135) (Can often find a substantial disounts for previous year's model.)

  Camp Shoes

   Xero.com: ZTrail Sandals (Light, durable, packable.)


   REI.com: DT Wool Blend Socks These are the best! Look for ankle or crew length and medium cushion.      

The Main Essentials

  Backpacking Backpack

    Amazon.com: Gonex Backpack

    Amazon.com: Osprey Rook 50 L Men's

    Amazon.com: Osprey Renn 50 L Women's

    Amazon.com: Osprey Rook 65 L Men's

    Amazon.com: Osprey Renn 65 L Women's

    REI.com: Deuter Aircontact Men's 50+10L

    REI.com: Deuter Aircontact Women's 45+10L

    REI.com: Osprey Exos 58 Pack - Men's

    REI.com: Osprey Eja 58 Pack - Women's

    REI.com: REI Flash 55L Men's

    REI.com: REI Flash 55L Women's

 Sleeping Bag/Quilt

    Etsy.com: Hang Tight Shop $128 (Inexpensive, small, light. Choose Heat Seeker Design Hammock Top Quilt with ground dweller add-on.)

    Paria Outdoor Products: Thermodown 15 Down Quilt $169.99 (Heavier, warmer, larger.)

    Hammockgear.com: Economy Custom Burrow $227.94 (Small, light, warm, spendy. Select ground attachment kit, 20 degree, wide, and sewn footbox)

 Sleeping Pad

    Amazon.com: Therm-a-Rest Foam Pad $19.95

    Amazon.com: Klymit Insulated Static V Lite Sleeping Pad $67.96


    Durstongear.com: Dan Durston Tent X-Mid 1 (Our favorite.)

    Amazon.com: Lanshan 3-Season Tent (Good value.)

    REI Co-op: Flash Air 1 (Another good affordable option.)

  Bear Bag

    REI Co-op: Sea to Summit Dry Sack $24.95 (13L option.)

  Cord to Hang Bear Bag

    MSRgear.com: Reflective Utility Cord Kit


    Amazon.com: OUTXE Titanium Pot 750ml  

    AliExpress.com: TOMSHOO 750ml Titainium Pot (More affordable option, but ships direct from China.)

    Goodmans: IMUSA Aluminum Drinking Mug (Cheapest, but does not have measurement markings or lid.)


    Amazon.com: Bamboo Spoon


    Amazon.com: BRS Tentock Titanium Mini Backpacking Stove

    Amazon.com: Etekcity Ultralight Portable Backpacking Stove


    Amazon.com: ThruNite Max120 Lumens Mini Flashlight

  Trowel for digging cathole

    REI Co-op: Snow Stake

  Quick Dry Towel 

    Microfiber Quick-Dry Towel Set

  Water Filter

    Amazon.com: Sawyer Products Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System


 Questions about the Wilderness Experience? Contact the YD office at 509-722-4300 or click here to email.