Stick to a medium-size duffle. Shoot to fit all your clothing and personal gear inside.
A pack with 15 to 30-liters of volume works well for this trip. You need space for layers, trail snacks, water, and odds and ends.
These help keep your clothing and gear organized. Make sure you have one or two in small or extra-small sizes.
T-shirts or tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.
Bring shorts designed for running or working out. Loose or compression fit. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.
Look for polyester, polyester blend, or wool fabrics. No cotton.
Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training/running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.
Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton. If you pack shorts with built-in liners, you can pack fewer pairs of underwear.
(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 hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.
A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add additional warmth.
A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.
A wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat for cool nights.
Pack fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.
Our guides recommend NRS Boater's Gloves.
A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that our guides suggest.
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 adventure.
Bring either sport sands with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes. Flip flops are not acceptable.
You’ll use these as camp shoes. Please don’t substitute a different camp shoe that doesn’t provide toe protection. A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous.
Stick to purpose-built, medium-weight backpacking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool. Bring 4 pairs if you plan to day hike in your boots. Bring 2 pairs if you plan to day hike in hiking shoes or trail runners that double as your camp shoes.
For use with your camp shoes. Your choice of sock height. Stick to moisture-wicking socks made for running or hiking. No cotton. Pack 3 pairs if you plan to use your camp shoes for day hiking.
Pack at least 6oz of sunscreen. Our guides recommend SPF 30. Two smaller containers may be easier than one larger one. No aerosol spray cans.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, 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.
Look for the active ingredient DEET. 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.
Minimum of 32oz volume. Pick a bottle with a screw-top lid that covers the areas your mouth contacts. A Nalgene-brand bottle is a good choice. 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 bring one water bottle.
For hot springs admission on day 4, dinner on day 4, and dinner on day 9.
Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.
No DSLR or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses.