NECESSARY ITEMS FOR FIELD
- Hammer - This must be a
hammer designed for striking rocks.
- Glasses - You must have
glasses or goggles to protect your eyes when striking
rocks with the hammer. Impact resistant sun glasses
also provide protection from UV rays.
- Pocket Knife - Know
blade hardness on the Moh's scale, and magnetize blade if
- Magnet - See
"Pocket Knife" for suggestion. Keep
magnets away from your compass.
- Compass - A Brunton will be
provided, but if you have your own, please bring it to
- Hand Lens - Absolutely
essential. 10x is most popular. An
inexpensive brand (Ruper) will do.
- Pack - Something to
carry all your required field gear, collected samples,
lunch, and water.
- Clipboard - Clip boards or
equivalent field binders for 8 1/2" x 11"
sheets are required. A heavy rubber band (bring
spares) across the bottom of the clip board will keep
notes stable in wind. A cover to keep notes clean,
dry, and flat is recommended.
- Notebook - Bring an
inexpensive 6-ring binder that will hold Dietzgen
engineer's loose leaf sheets, no. 385-3, a note paper
which will be provided for some projects. A
sample of the note paper is enclosed. Bound field
notebooks are not versatile for grading, and are not
- Note Paper - Sufficient other
paper to last for the course. You will need paper
for office calculations and and sketches. Some
large scale drawings in the field will require larger
sheets. 8 1/2" x 11" engineer's paper is
recommended. This is ruled with a grid on the back
side and is blank on the writing side. A 100-sheet
pack of National 42-182 should suffice. Inexpensive
tablets of blue gridded paper will serve. Drafting
paper for large size office projects will be provided
- Pencils and Pens - Hard
lead drafting style pencils, of 3H to 5H. You
should expect to lose several. Although ink is not
required in this course, some prefer a fine point
rapidograph for notes and office work. There are
also some excellent disposable drafting pens on the
market suitable for notes and office work. Ink used
for notes and office work must be indelible. Ball
point and felt tip pens are unacceptable for note taking
or office work.
- Scales - Flat plastic
ruler, 6 inches in length with 10 and 50 scales, integral
protractor, parallel lines. Some models include
small holes which allow them to be used as a compass for
drawing circles and arcs. Bring several as
insurance against loss. Hole-punching a corner
allows you to tie the scale to your person or clip board.
- Felt Markers - For labeling
samples and sample bags. Be sure marker writes on
your sample bags.
- Sample Bags - Inexpensive
paper lunch bags or Ziploc bags should be
satisfactory. Large samples can be labeled directly
- Canteen - You will not be
allowed in the field without a water supply of at least a
quart. Two quarts is far better, and you could
easily drink a gallon at some field sites we will
visit. This country is dry. Dehydration is a
serious risk that can be avoided by carrying sufficient
water, and paying attention to fluid intake at base camp.
- Field Boots - You must wear
rugged and safe footwear in the field. Tennis or
running shoes are not acceptable because of the uneven
terrain and the presence of cacti. 6- to 8-inch
hiking boots which provide support and protection are
recommended. Make sure boots are broken in.
- You must protect yourself appropriately from sun and
vegetation. The camp schedule does not permit field
days lost because of sunburn or other avoidable ailments
to be made up. A well ventilated, wide brimmed hat
is strongly recommended. Wearing the proper socks
to minimize blister development is very important.
ITEMS FOR OFFICE WORK
- Drafting paper -
Drafting paper is required for completion of formal
assignments in the office (your dorm). We
will provide the minimum necessary for office work.
This is a quality drafting paper. If you tend to
make false starts on projects and have to begin over, you
will need a backup supply. The type with light blue
grid, 10 squares to the inch is acceptable and the grid
helps make up for a lack of drafting equipment.
- Drafting pencils - 2H
to 4H pencils for work on your office assignment.
You will need to control sharpness of pencils for
accurate line widths or use Pentel-type mechanical
pencils with different lead sizes. If you prefer,
you may draft your office work with rapidograph-style
pens and indelible ink. This will require pen sizes
from 00 to 2 1/2 or metric equivalents.
pencils - For required coloring of geologic
maps. A good quality collection is Berol Verithin
set of 12.
eraser - For cleaning smudges and removing pencil
ruler - 3 sided ruler with 6 different
scales. Your flat plastic scales for field work may
- Your plastic scale may serve.
Robert R., 1985, Geology in the Field is
recommended but other comparable texts will serve.
New Geologic History of Utah and a
Geologic Highway Map of Utah will be provided upon
payment of deposit for the camp fee.
ITEMS FOR LIVING
At the Dorm
Bedding - sheets and
your sleeping bag or a light blanket.
Alarm Clock - we
leave for the field on time, with or without you.
Overnight Trips and Your
Sleeping bag and ground
cloth - minimum temperature possible at campsites is
Pack or Duffle - on
overnight trips your gear will be limited to one pack or
Jacket/Sweater - for
cool evenings at higher elevations
enough extra money to cover your needs for the
duration. No loans will be available at the camp.
ITEMS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER
Camera & Film
Southwest Utah is beautiful and you will want a remembrance
of your field camp experience. 35mm cameras with
assorted wide angle and telephoto lens could all be used
effectively, but remember you have to pack it all in the
field, and you need to spend your field time
efficiently. Please note: instant cameras are not
effective note taking tools.
A drafting board makes a
grassy dorm lawn or any chair into an office. In
conjunction with a T-square and triangles more accurate maps
can be drawn up more quickly. We will provide
crude 18" x 24" Masonite drafting boards, but bring
your own if you can.
You may want to ink your
office maps or take field notes in ink. A three pen set
would be useful with Nos. 00, 1, 2½ or metric equivalents
being good choices. Ink must be indelible. Ball
point and felt tip pens produce unacceptable notes or office
This is the driest season in
southwest Utah. We did have a wet snow at our High
Plateau's camp site one year. A rain jacket can be an
effective wind breaker.
First Aid Kit
A small one is recommended and
useful in the field. The most important item would be
moleskin blister preventing/protecting adhesive cloth,
followed closely by sun screen and burn ointment. Lip
balm is useful in your kit. Snakebite kits do more harm
than good in most instances; cryogenic snakebite kits are not
recommended owing to a high incidence of irreversible tissue
damage. We will see very few snakes in the field.
Bring a minimum of other
books. A small reference library will be available at
If you have your own compass
and would like to use it, you are encouraged to do so.
All students without a compass will have one checked out to
them at the beginning of camp. You are liable for all
SEMO equipment you use during the camp.
Not essential gear but nice to
have. It must be a compact, lightweight 1- or 2-person
type if taken on scheduled overnight trips during the camp.
Make a list of things you can
not live without, throw out most of the items, and then bring
what you really need.