Marie Hucal’s Camp Pro-Tips
If you’re coming to High Cascade this summer one of the last things you should do before zipping up your suitcase for the last time is run through the “What to Bring to Camp” section of our Camp Guide. You don’t want to get caught going on a lake trip with the Frends Crew only to have to ride back to camp sunburnt and wet because you forgot your sunblock and towel!
Marie Hucal, HCSC Digger and Session 2 Signature Session™ Pro, stopped by our Portland office last week to say hi. Marie has been coming to HCSC for years so we asked her for a list of must-have items to bring to camp. What had originally started as a quick checklist turned into a full-blown photo shoot and essay by Marie that we’re calling…
1. Bring Lots of Socks
“One of my biggest pet peeves is having to put on wet snowboard socks in the morning. I make sure that whenever I go on any trips during the winter or come to camp for the summer I bring plenty of socks to ride in. I’d say bring at least two pair so you can let one set dry out for two days before having to put them back on your feet. I bring more than two so I can prevent crunchy-sock syndrome.”
2. Sunscreen is a Must!
“I spent the entire last summer digging so I definitely spend a lot of time under the sun up on Mt. Hood. Nurse Greg isn’t whistlin’ dixie when he says you need to re-apply a few times each day. Here’s the only problem: I hate regular sunscreen. I always end up with way more than I need and it just turns into a gigantic mess no matter how careful I am. I switched to a spray sunscreen halfway through last summer and I haven’t looked back since. It’s really easy to re-apply so there’s no excuse for getting burnt up on-hill anymore.”
3. Pack a Laundry Bag for Clean and Dirty Clothes
“A good mesh laundry bag is another thing I take with me on all my trips during the winter where I’m living out of a suitcase. You can pack your bags full of clean clothes, cram the mesh bag into a pocket somewhere and then you don’t have to worry about mixing up your clean and dirty clothes in your board bag or suitcase. Clean clothes stay in the suitcase, dirty clothes go in the mesh bag and you don’t get any stink jumping from your dirty socks to your clean t-shirts.”
4. Bring a Lunchbox!
“One of the worst feelings on-hill is when you’re starving, you open your backpack to get your lunch and you find everything mashed into the bottom of the bag under your water bottles and sunscreen and extra gloves and everything else. Bruised bananas, squished sandwiches, and pulverized pretzels. Gross. I use a lunchbox to keep everything fresh.”
5. Bring Sandals or Flippy Floppies for After Snowboarding
“This one goes hand-in-hand with the extra socks. Snowboarding up on-hill is awesome but after riding down to the parking lot the first thing I want to do is get my boots off my feet as soon as possible. I pack a pair of flip-flops or light shoes in my bag so once I hit the parking lot the boots come off and the toes come out. The drive back to camp from Timberline is pretty quick but it can seem like an eternity if you have squishy waterlogged boots on your feet.”
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6. Bring Two or More Water Bottles
“You need to drink way more water at camp than you normally do back home. Any bottles are fine; if you have higher-quality crushproof bottles those work best but you can always pick up two jumbo bottles of water at Govy General if you don’t want to haul more stuff across the country for camp, just make sure you reuse the bottles all week instead of trashing them and buying new ones every day!”
7. Bring Tiny Bottles for Shampoo
“I don’t like having to buy giant bottles of shampoo or body wash every single time get off a plane. I bought a couple of these three ounce carry-on friendly bottles and fill them before any trip. It helps me save money and I can still use all my favorite stuff instead of buying a bunch of random junk everywhere I go. Make sure the bottles aren’t over three ounces otherwise TSA will snatch your soaps!”
Photos: Amanda Hankison