Hiking Backpack Kit

Hiking Backpack Kit

Loan Period: Seven (7) Days (non-renewable)

Available to: Any person who is 18+ and has an MHLS library card in good standing.

Pick Up/Return: Patterson Library, Circulation Desk

Number of Kits Available: Two

Kit Contains: Multiple parts that are reviewed at check-out and check-in

Fees: $20 if returned to Book Drop (plus damages); $5 late fee per day

Borrower’s Agreement: Review and sign with staff at Circulation Desk before check-out and when checking back in. Includes Guidelines, Fines and Liability, Proper Use & Care. View Borrower’s Agreement here.

Call the Check-Out Desk to place a hold: 845-878-6121 x10

Hiking Backpack Kit At-A-Glance

Kit contains:

  • Daypack
  • Rain cover
  • First Aid Kit
  • Headlamp/batteries
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking pole/Carabiner w/ instructions and feet (3 total)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Peterson Field Guide to Wildflower
  • Trees Guide
  • What’s That Bird?
  • Wildlife Guide
  • Appalachian Trail maps (2)
  • 50 Hikes in the Lower Hudson Valley
Guidelines for Borrowing and Returning
  • Seven (7) day loan period to a borrower that is 18 years or older with an MHLS library card in good standing.
  • The Hiking Backpack Kit is non-renewable. If not available, Borrowers may place a hold on the kit.
  • The Hiking Backpack Kit is checked out and back in, in the same condition it was checked out (all items intact and backpack free of garbage), during business hours at the Patterson Library by a staff member at the Circulation Desk.
  • Borrower and Library Staff sign and date this Agreement and Guidelines, and complete the Agreement Form’s checks, using the Hiking Backpack Kit Inventory, to mark the Kit’s contents at check-out and at check-in.

What are the Fines and Liability?

  • $5 per day for every late day after the due date will be charged to the Borrower’s MHLS library card.
  • $20 fee will be charged if the Kit is returned in the Book Drop or outside the entrance of any library.
  • If the items in the Hiking Backpack Kit are damaged, stolen, or lost, the Borrower is charged the replacement cost of that item.

What do you, the Borrower, Need to Provide?

  • Please review the hiking information provided on our website for tips, and what to bring such as plenty of water, food, good walking shoes, extra socks, insect spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, appropriate clothing, and a bag for collecting your trash to hike out with.
  • Follow “Leave No Trace Principles” for day hikes, picnicking, or overnight camping.

The Seven Leave No Trace Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Useful Information

Free Trail and Park Entrance Passes

Hike a trail or a park using the Library’s free museum passes!  See the selected list below, with trails for hiking, and call the library to make a reservation (up to 1 month in advance) for the date you wish to go.