Field Camp Equipment


The Geology Department will provide Brunton compasses, stereoscopes, air photos, and base maps.

Following is a list of general equipment that you must provide for yourself. Consider that some of the items may be shared.


FIELD GEAR: for your safety, comfort, and the academic program *


geology hammer (a small machinist's hammer is fine if you want to save money)


hand lens (10X is preferred; B&L Hastings triplet is best quality)


watch (required!)


day field pack (belt, shoulder, or back pack)

safety pins (for identifying stations on the basemaps and air photos)


2 bound field notebooks (or a minimum of 4 of the small, paperback ones)


clipboard or plexiglass board (recommended)


various clamps, rubber bands, and tape (to fasten maps to clipboard)


water bottle(s): minimum total of 2-qt capacity (empty Gatorade bottles are suitable)


small, crush-proof container for your field lunches and garbage (Tupperware?)


very small first-aid kit for scratches and bug bites (band-aids, anticeptic)


sun glasses and/or goggles (for mapping in high winds)


field boots suitable for 6 weeks of rough, off-trail use. Should be 100% leather -- no nylon panels in uppers. GoreTex lining is expensive and not as good as leather.


rain gear (GoreTex not required)


other field clothing and equipment (field pants, shirts, windbreaker, warmer jacket, field hat, sun screen, boot socks, sunglasses)





CAMPING GEAR (used on mid-camp roadtrip only) **


tent (may be shared) with rain-proof cover


sleeping bag and ground pad


cooking supplies and food; or money for meals in restaurants







mm scale, straight edge, and protractor


templates for rectangles (optional -- for making map legend boxes)


colored pencil set (12 will do) -- no felt tips


black, red, blue china (wax) pencils for air photo annotations

drawing pencils or mechanical pencils with several hardnesses of lead


White correction fluid

8.5 x 11 graph paper (mm / cm graduations), no 'onion skin' or tracing graph paper

Full-size stereonet, thumbtack, and 8x11 tracing paper, writable scotch tape


rapidograph-type pen for fine inking of maps and air photos (suggest 1, 0, and 00 tips) plus high-quality black india ink. If you can afford only one rapidograph point, get the 0 size. A rapidograph pen with a 0 tip will cost you about $25. Note: felt-tip pens cannot be used in place of rapidograph-type pens. No exceptions.


crow quill (fountain) pens for blue & red lines on maps and air photos





desk lamp (can be supplied from the dorm) & fan (optional)


camera (optional)


fishing gear (optional but excellent fishing on blue ribbon streams near Dillon)


cell phone (optional)


ATM card -- There are several 24-hour ATM's in Dillon for routine banking needs.


Credit card, debit card, or traveller's checks (if you don't like using cash). Plan your finances for the summer assuming that you generally cannot get to a bank during normal banking hours.





* A good place to get field gear is Ben Meadows Company , 800-628-2068. They have hand lenses, field books, hammers, etc. Of course, outdoor clothes can be obtained anywhere (thrift shop?), but you might consider REI for a good boot selection. Buy your boots early enough to be able to break them in a bit. Don't skimp on boots. If you are a hiking novice, please discuss boot selection with one of the faculty.


** For camping gear, consider inexpensive alternatives that need to last only a couple of weeks. No need to buy a $300 tent; see what WalMart has to offer first. Also, some equipment may be rented from GSU Recreation (Touch the Earth program), but this might cost more than just buying it. Be sure to pitch the tent at least once before departing for Montana; be sure all the parts are there and adjusted.


*** For drafting supplies, you can't beat Sam Flax in Atlanta, 1460 Northside Drive NW, 404-352-7200. They have all the pens, paper, pencils, ink, etc. that you will need. Do not let them talk you into buying felt tip pens as replacements for rapidograph-type pens.


Georgia Tech Book store also is a good resource for most of the drafting supplies.