You’ll want a bag to leave behind with gear and clothing you don’t take into the backcountry. A medium-size duffle bag works best.
It’s nice to be able to keep your clothing and gear organized.
A pack with 60 to 80-liters of volume works well for this trip. You’re welcome to bring your own backpack or use a provided one. Please let us know if you’re bringing your own backpack so we can load for the adventure accordingly.
Bring a small daypack that can carry water, a snack, and rain jacket for our day hike on the second day.
Bad Adventure Company 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. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.
Nylon hiking pants are a good choice. Zip-off pants that turn into shorts rarely look flattering, but often work well!
Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester 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.
The hot springs are calling!
Bring a thick polyester fleece jacket or a “puffy” jacket. This should be able to fit under your rain jacket.
A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add additional 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.
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.
A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that our guides 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 adventure.
Bring either sport sands with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes. Flip flops are not acceptable.
Pack a pair of sneakers, crocs, or other camp shoes. 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-built, medium-weight backpacking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool.
For use with your camp shoes. Using a camp shoe that doesn’t require a sock? Feel free to omit these.
Pack at least 3oz of sunscreen. Our guides recommend SPF 30. Smaller containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans, please.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc. Smaller, lighter containers are better for backpacking!
(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. We suggest a packing a bag with a 15 to 20-degree Fahrenheit temperature rating.
If you tend to get cold easily, consider packing a sleeping bag liner.
Have your own gear? Feel free to pack your own 3-season tent, camping mattress, etc. Unless you tell us otherwise, we’ll assume that you’re using the gear we provide, though.
If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.
Recommended. If you bring a hydration reservoir system you only need to bring one water bottle.
For hot springs admission and our lunches at Grand Lake Lodge on the final day of the trip.
Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.
Sit-on-top touring kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets
To protect your personal on-water gear
Use an included “backpacking” backpack or bring your own.
Sturdy, dome-style backpacking tents.
Inflatable camping mattresses make nights more comfortable.
Medical kit, satellite phone, navigation supplies, and more