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Pioneer Trek Outfit Ideas

What You Need for Pioneer Trek

- posted by Rebecca Adams

The Pioneer Trek has become a popular activity for LDS church members to experience the life of the Utah pioneers. It is a way for them to learn and experience a little part of the challenges and sacrifices they faced as they made their way across the plains of America in search for religious freedom.

The Trek Experience

The trek is an opportunity to travel back in time and let go of everyday comforts and modern technology. Cell phones, cars, and cable are left at home and are replaced with handcarts, face-to-face conversation, and the great outdoors.

When you start your trek you are placed into a family that consists of a ma, pa, and siblings. The group is about ten people to a handcart as they travel up to 13 miles a day. The trek lasts for four days and travels through about 28 miles of rough terrain.

As a participant of the trek you must be at least 14 years old and up to 18. Being physically prepared is also very important: get out and walk for at least 60 minutes a day at least two weeks before the trek.

Many activities are planned out as part of the pioneer experience: square dancing, spiritual meeting, and personal stories and history of the pioneers.

What do you Wear for Trek?

To fully appreciate and experience the pioneer trek, the clothing you wear will reflect those of a pioneer. LDS trek clothing can be a bit of a challenge, but our crew has been helping folks find the perfect outfit for several years - we'll help you find the right pieces.

LDS Trek Outfit Ideas

Kelsey and Tom are ready for Trek!

Women's LDS Trek Clothing

For women, broomstick skirts are an appropriate and cool piece of clothing. We added an apron over the skirt - handy for pockets and keeping your skirt clean.

Women's LDS Trek OutfitWe've got this broomstick skirt in several colors! Click here to see the broomstick skirts for yourself. They wash easy, and they look best wrinkled - no ironing needed.

On top, we just picked out a nice light blouse.

Women's Trek pioneer outfit

Here's the back of the outfit.

Add some good hiking boots like Merrells - preferably a good pair of shoes you've broken in.

Ladies' Merrell Shoes are a great choice for Trek

I love the pink accents on these ladies' hiking boots!

A bonnet adds shade and helps you keep cool - get yours online here.

LDS Trek Bonnet

Men's LDS Trek Clothing

For men, these Scully pants have suspender buttons built-in so you can walk comfortably.

Men's Pioneer outfit: palm leaf hat, suspenders, and Scully pants and shirt.

Gentlemen, it's simple: the shirt, suspenders, and pants are all from Scully. This brand's got the perfect items you need for your Trek.Back of the Men's pioneer outfit for TrekAgain, you can't go wrong with Merrell hiking boots. Keep a silk wild rag close to keep yourself cool in the summer heat.

Sitting in the Utah shade, this is a great men's outfit - and a bucket seat lets you stop for rest!A Sunbody palm-leaf hat is a smart way to keep cool and keep your skin safe. You can wear a wide-brimmed palm leaf hat right off the shelf, or use a steamer to shape the hat in any way you like. Get a Sunbody hat online here.

Men's LDS Trek outfit

What Else do I Bring?

Every stake and ward have different packing lists of what they want you to bring to the trek. Typically you're asked to bring a bucket that holds your supplies. Moleskin is a must in case of blisters.

These ice fishing bucket seats have been popular here in the store for people going on Trek: they fit on both 5-gallon and 6-gallons and provide some much-appreciated cushioning.

Ice Fishing Bucket Seat - an unsuspecting item you'll love having on Trek!

Find everything you need all in one place as you shop for your trek at Smith & Edwards!

Now you've got some great ideas for you or your son or daughter going on Trek!More information on your pioneer trek can be found on your ward or stake's Facebook page.

For an ultimate guide, visit LDS Living's Ultimate Guide to Trek.

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LDS Trek & Pioneer outfit Inspiration - Smith & Edwards
Thanks to Kelsey from our Clothing Department and Tom from Western for modeling these great outfits!

Marty McCafferty at Causey Reservoir

Everything to make Ice Fishing FUN!

- posted by Chris Jacobson

OK, so last month we talked about 5 Things to do while waiting for the ice to freeze.

Well, it's January and Mantua is FROZEN! Utah's ice fishing season has arrived. Strawberry Reservoir and Birch Creek are frozen too, and Causey and Pineview. All right!

So I've made a checklist of everything you need to go ice fishing in comfort. And if you're getting ready to go ice fishing for the very first time, scroll down to the bottom of this post for a printable ice fishing gear checklist just for you!

Checklist for Ice Fishing in Comfort

If you're ready to invest in a Clam tent to really enjoy fishing, here are the items you want to make sure to have on your trip this weekend.

Staying Warm in Comfort

It's all fun and games til you get wet and freeze! Have fun by staying warm & dry:

Carhartt Face Mask

Carhartt has lots of great beanies and ways to keep your head warm, including this Pull-Down Face Mask (click the picture)

Clam Ice Fishing Shelter at Smith and Edwards

This Clam Vista shelter will fit up to 3 people.

  • Good-quality coat, snow pants, boots: There's a good bit of advice for a lot of winter activities: dress in layers. If you've got a tent, which I'll talk about in a bit, all you need is a good-quality coat and pair of boots to get you out on the ice and get the tent set up - then you can hang out in a hoodie. If you don't have a tent, a good pair of snow pants can really keep out the cold.
    If you already have a good Carhartt coat or Carhartt bibs, put a little waterproofing on them and they'll work nicely. Our Western guy Marty recommends Duck's Back waterproofing for dusters and canvas clothing. Or, look for nice waterproof snow bibs & a jacket.
  • ICE Trekkers: One of the best brands of treads out there, choose from Chains or Diamond Grip. These treads slide right on to your boots and will let you walk on ice just like pavement.
  • Ice Shelter & Sled: Yeah, you can go Ice Fishing without a tent - definitely! But if you want to enjoy ice fishing (or your kids & wife!) - get a Clam ice tent. They start right around $200.00 and you can even upgrade to one that would hold all your buddies from work or your whole family.
    And to haul all your gear, get a nice Ice Sled. I like Otter sleds, and you can even hook up your ATV or snowmobile. Some ranches use these to haul newborn calves. Upgrade from just your bucket: fit all your gear and a folding chair, and make life easy for yourself!
  • Gloves, Hand warmers, Beanie or Hat: Heat rises - keep that heat in with a good hat, beanie, or face mask. A ball cap works for some guys, and others need all the fleece and lining they can get.
    Plus, a good pair of gloves goes a long way. If you get waterproof gloves you won't have to rotate pairs. One trick I learned from a skiing buddy is to wear a pair of knit glove liners, put in a handwarmer pad, and then wear good gloves on top of that.
  • Snacks: Make sure and pack in jerky, Twizzlers, candy, and drinks!
Marty McCafferty at Causey Reservoir

Man could we all be as lucky as Marty with this 20" Tiger Trout at Causey Reservoir! Nice!

Ice Fishing Tackle for the Experienced Angler

OK, now that you're set up on the ice, let's start catching some fish!

Strikemaster Power Auger

Ice Auger with a Motor on top... nice.

Tip Up Tip Down Ice Fishing Rod Holder

This ice rod holder, "Tip Up Tip Down", lets your rod jig up and down with just a push.

    • Power auger: Lots of guys start out with a hand auger because 1, they work well enough, and 2, they start at $59.99. Your Power Auger is for us guys who want to get out there and fish without the workout first - taking 15 minutes of drilling through 6" of ice! I've got Strikemaster power augers starting at 499.99 and you'll love yours to pieces. And remember to have a set of replacement blades with you. Check out ice fishing augers online here.
    • Jigs: If you've been out before, you've got a feel for what you like. A lot of my customers love the Ratsos and Ratfinkees. I've had good luck with them too.
      Metro Tungsten Jigs are a new lure out there for ice fishing and they're a lower price than other options. And they're just as good. Give them a try and let me know how they work for you!
    • Rod: Shorter than your summer fishing rod, get a good ice fishing rod and reel. I've got combos as well. If you're serious about ice fishing, you might have 2 or more poles going at a time! If you've got good rods, make sure and protect them in a Rod Case.
    • Ice Skimmer to clear the ice.
    • Ice Fishing Line to take the colder temperatures. I carry clear, clear blue, smoke and green ice fishing line: Fireline, Trilene, Stren - and you can even get it shipped to you. Monofilament as well as braid line for you to choose from.
    • Terminal Tackle: Can't catch a fish without a hook. Plus I've got sinkers, swivels, and everything you need for the end of the line.
    • Rod holder: Yeah, here's how you fish without needing 5 hands. Set it up and let it go! With cool inventions like the Hook Setter and the Tip Up, you can keep jigging with just a poke - some models set the hook for you!
    • Use a Spring Bobber to keep the ice off the top of the rod and detect bites.
    • Bait: Most people like to use wax worms or night crawlers as live bait. Those wax worms are sure tricky for us to keep in stock - too warm and they'll turn into moths, too cold and they won't make it! I'm trying my hardest to keep new wax worms coming in from our supplier so you've got the live bait you need. I've also got spikes and mealworms for you.
      If you don't need your bait to wiggle on its own, I've got Powerbait, Trout Dough, Waxies, and Lunker Lotion for you. It's also on the website if you want it shipped.

Bait and attractants

  • Fish finder: Just like summer fishing, see those puppies under the ice. Ice fishing fish finders are more temperature-resistant.

Budget or First-Time Ice Fishing Gear Checklist

Chris's Ice Fishing Essentials Kit

Enter your email address and I will send you a free PDF checklist you can print out so you remember all the gear to take with you to the reservoir! Nothing worse than pulling up to the shore and remembering your jigs and lures are back on the kitchen table.... been there, done that!

Get your Ice Fishing Gear Checklist!


Ice Fishing Checklist Download

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Did I miss anything? Do you have questions on ice fishing? Leave a comment and let me know, and have fun fishing!

Camping Checklist

Scout Camp, Fishing & Camping Checklist

- posted by Rose Marion

It's the right time of year for fishing, hiking, and camping. This time of year, we get a lot of people coming in and asking, "What gear do I need for..."

Whether you're hiking, camping, fishing, or even sending your Cub Scout off to camp for a couple days, this checklist has everything you need to make it a great adventure here in Utah or in the mountains or lakes of our neighboring states.

If you're camping or hiking, or sending a Scout to camp, here's what you need:
Camping Checklist
If you're sending a scout, remember his uniform, too!

For fishing:
Fishing Checklist
Enjoy!

Click here to download a printable PDF of both lists.

Did you have fun? Make sure and send us pictures for the Bragging Board!

These lists were made after we had lots of families looking for a Scout camp checklist for their boys about to go to camp. We find them useful as a camping checklist so we're sure we've got the car packed with all the gear we need. These also work great for packing your gear even for a fishing getaway on a Friday afternoon!
Check out our Camping and Hiking gear - click here!