A pack with 60 to 80-liters of volume works well for this course. If you pack ultralight personal camping gear, you may be able to use a slightly smaller pack. Please be prepared to carry group gear, as large as an 8.5-inch circumference by 13-inch tall bear canister (provided by Bad Adventures), in addition to your personal gear.
It’s nice to be able to keep your clothing and gear organized!
A t-shirt or top made for running or working out is a good choice. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.
Bring shorts or hiking pants designed for running, working out, or hiking. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.
Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton.
Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training or running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.
Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.
(If applicable.) Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.
Bring a thick polyester fleece jacket or a synthetic “puffy” jacket. This should be able to fit under your rain jacket.
A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add extra warmth. This should also be able to be worn with all your other upper body layers. No cotton.
A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.
A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.
Nights in the mountains get cool. Bring a wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat.
Pack fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.
A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that your instructors recommend.
Choose waterproof/breathable boots with ankle support made for carrying a backpacking load. Make sure these fit well with the socks you plan to use on the trail. Also, be aware that feet tend to swell over the course of an adventure. It’s best if your boots are already broken-in when you arrive for the course.
A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous. If you have a lot of backpacking experience and prefer to omit bringing a camp shoe, that’s OK by us!
Stick to purpose-made, medium-weight backpacking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool.
For use with your camp shoes.
Your instructors recommend SPF 30. Smaller containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc.
(If applicable.) Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.
Ben’s brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.
Bring a mummy-cut backpacking-style sleeping bag rated for 20-degrees Fahrenheit or colder.
If you tend to get cold easily - or if your sleeping bag might not be warm enough on its own - consider packing a sleeping bag liner.
Foam pads are OK, but not as warm as an inflatable camping mattress. We recommend packing an inflatable camping mattress designed for backpacking.
Bring your own backpacking tent. At the beginning of the trip, you may choose to pair-up to save weight, but be ready to carry a private tent just for yourself.
If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.
If you bring a hydration reservoir system, you only need to pack one water bottle.
You may find poles to be helpful.
If you have space and weight capacity, our itinerary is well-suited to bringing a Helinox-style or Crazy Creek-style camp chair to our campsite.
For taking notes during the course.
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We pack all necessary cookware including: stoves, fuel, pots, and pans. No need to bring your own, we have this covered.
A group-use water filter pump is provided. Feel free to pack your own water treatment system, too.
We pack vegetarian provisions for 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast. Yum!