The point of the 10 Essentials list, developed by The Mountaineers, with origins in the climbing course taught by the club since the 1930s, and practiced by the Tacoma Mountaineers in Old Town Tacoma, has always been to help answer two basic questions: First, can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? Second, can you safely spend a night — or more — out? The list has evolved over time from a list of individual items to Peaks and Pints’ list of craft beer essentials.
Sun Protection: Carry and use sunglasses, sunscreen for the lips and skin, clothing for sun protection, our amber-colored growlers to prevent oxidation and our complimentary, brown-colored six and four slot carrying cases.
Insulation: Besides the basic climbing outfit includes inner and outer socks, boots, underwear, pants, shirt, sweater or fleece jacket, hat, mittens or gloves and raingear, be sure to bring additional layers that would be needed to survive the long, inactive hours of an unplanned bivouac and Peaks and Pints stainless steel, double insulated growler.
Illumination: You know you need to carry a headlamp or flashlight, with extra batteries, just in case you don’t make the trailhead before dark. Peaks and Pints knows we need a well-lit cooler so you may properly pick from our 600 different craft beers and ciders.
First-Aid Supplies: Sometimes you trip and fall. It’s wise to carry a first-aid kit loaded with gauze pads in various sizes, roller gauze, small adhesive bandages, butterfly bandages, triangular bandages, battle dressing (or Carlisle bandage), adhesive tape, scissors, cleansers or soap, latex gloves, and paper and pencil. Peaks and Pints suggests you also bring your first-aid inside our lodge. You’ll need first-aid if you forget to allow our staff to open the bottles and cans out of the cooler, in accordance with state law.
Fire: When on the trail it’s wise to carry a butane lighter or two to start and sustain an emergency fire. In wet weather, fire starters such as candles, chemical heat tabs and canned heat can save the day. Peaks and Pints also puts out fires, but more along the lines of customers’ demands Fuzzy Mouthfeel Peach Lambic or Old Laundry Barleywine. We strive to fulfill customer requests and supply our neighbors with their beer of choice, whether it’s a six-pack of local craft beer or a crazy Danish sour ale. If you have questions regarding beer availability or special orders, feel free to ask us. Please note that due to importation and distribution laws there are limits on what we can legally carry, but if it’s available to us we’ll gladly order some for you.
Repair Kit and Tools: Just as it’s important for the Peaks and Pints staff to carry bottle openers on them at all times, you should also carry tools in the Great Outdoors, such as knives, leashes, canned craft beer, shoelaces, safety pins, canned craft beer, needle and thread, wire, canned craft beer, duct tape, nylon fabric repair tape, canned craft beer, cable ties, plastic buckles, stainless steel growler, cordage, webbing, and parts for equipment such as tent, stove, crampons, snowshoes and skis.
Nutrition: Always carry food on our outings, even if your plan is a one-day out and back. Foul weather, faulty navigation, injury or an overly hungry friend can require more sustenance. The food should require no cooking, be easily digestible, and store well for long periods. A combination of jerky, nuts, candy, granola, and dried fruit works well. If a stove is carried, cocoa, dried soup, and tea can be added. Peaks and Pints serves permutations of foodstuffs in a delicious assemblage we call “sandwiches.” Tasty food matter with moist, flavorful adhesive betwixt bread slices has become a gustatory sensation.
Hydration: Whether on the trail or shopping the Proctor District carry extra water and have the skills and tools required for obtaining and purifying additional water. If you would like a glass of water at Peaks and Pints, just ask.
Emergency Shelter: It’s a good idea to carry a tent or some sort of extra shelter from rain and wind, such as a plastic tube tent, jumbo plastic trash bag or reflective emergency blanket, when out in the wilderness. You’ll need the same emergency shelter if you park longer in the 2-hour parking slots throughout the Proctor District.
Navigation: Knowing where you’re at is a good idea. Always carry a detailed topographic map of the area you are visiting, and place it in a protective case or plastic covering. Carry a compass, too. It’s also important to know the craft beer and cider navigation of Peaks and Pints’ Western red cedar tap log. You can receive a live feed of our tap list at peaksandpints.com, our Facebook page, and the DigitalPour and Untappd apps. Don’t forget to check our website daily for new craft beer arrivals, our beer flight of the day, South Sound events paired with craft beer, plus craft beer and cider news.
Special thanks to Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, published by Mountaineers Books, for the 10 Essentials list.