Gear Page

Equipment for Your Always Green Adventure.

The Franklin Point overlook, in San Mateo County, California, is a beautiful location for many of our Sempervirens117 team training sessions. But it can get cold and windy – even in the summer months. Having the right equipment sourced from companies with a strong environmental record and dependable reputation for making things that last and are healthy is very – very – important to us.

GEAR, noun.

Middle English – 1500s. A borrowing from the early Scandinavian (originally Norse, gervi).


Implements, tackle, or tools.

Goods, moveable property, household necessaries, or utensils.

Possessions, in general.


Oxford English Dictionary, Entry for “Gear”

Berghaus – U.K.-based gear and clothing company, 20-25L daypacks are good choices, and they are designed in an ergonomic and unisex style. They also come with lifetime guarantees.

Water Bottle

SIGG aluminum 0.6L – no plastic, BPA and Phthalates free, 100% recyclable. made in Switzerland, available on Amazon.


The best choices are the simplest ones. Fresh fruits, organic avocados, dried nuts, or other simple snacks can be purchased from a local Bay Area farmer’s market, for example: here or here.

Trail mix – Try to select organic varieties only, especially those that also are listed as having raw, vegan, and unsulfured ingredients.

ALOHA protein bars – These are organic, plant-based, paleo, and low sugar. And they can be ordered in bulk directly from the manufacturer, or from Amazon.


Patagonia – pants, fleece outer layer, soft shell – excellent sustainable mission, synthetic fiber recycling program, environmental activism

Icebreaker – base layers – made of New Zealand merino wool, natural fibers are easily recyclable.

Marmot – outer layers – Rohnert Park, California headquartered company with good sustainable mission statement and green commitments.


Zamberlan – made in Italy by craftspeople using traditional but updated methods – leather uppers not plastic. Vibram rubber soles.


Icebreaker wool hat

Manzella gloves.

Buff neck gaiter – wool models available, UV-protective. Available on Amazon.

Costa del Mar polarized sunglasses – Florida based company, bio resin frames have smaller carbon footprint, prescription lenses and glass lenses available rather than plastic. Available on Amazon.

Leki anti-shock trekking poles – helpful for steeper trails and longer trips. German company, made in Czech Republic of recyclable aluminum, cork handles. Available on Amazon.

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