Wilderness Excursions

Wilderness Pack Trip Gear

Recommended Gear

Layering is the key to dressing for a wilderness pack trip. The mountains create unique weather conditions with varying temperatures throughout the day. We regularly see frost in the mornings and high 80’s in the afternoon. Sometimes, a cold front moves through bringing rain and cool temperatures. Although extremely rare, we have even seen snow in early August.

The following list of gear is recommended for most of our pack trips, with some adjustments for longer trips. Please limit your gear weight to 35 lbs. per person. At the bottom of the page, you will find a link to download a PDF of this list. 

Clothing:

  • 2-3 pairs of jeans (these will get dirty)
  • 3-4 t-shirts                          
  • 2 long-sleeve medium- to heavy-weight outdoor shirts (cotton, light wool, or chamois cotton)
  • 1 medium-weight sweater (or similar) for cool nights and mornings
  • Hiking shorts         
  • 4 pairs of medium-weight hiking socks (calf height)
  • Baseball hat or similar for screening sun off face. Straw cowboy hats are also good, but bring both types
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes (above ankle height) with aggressive tread, ideally with heal. Waterproof shoes are a bonus
  • 1 pair of lighter hiking shoes, water shoes, or sneakers
  • Medium-weight jacket

 

 

 

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Rain Gear

  • Rain gear (ponchos or slickers) 
  • Rain pants (or whatever style you prefer)
  • 2 pairs of light gloves

Other Gear

  • Sweatpants or similar for sleeping 
  • Appropriate undergarments
  • Knit hat for cold nights
  • 36” long  x 16” diameter (approx) duffel bag, which will carry all gear except sleeping bags
  • Small pillow            
  • Sleeping bag comfortable to 20F
  • Inflatable sleeping pad 

Miscellaneous

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray/repellent
  • Chap stick (air is very dry)
  • Binoculars (compact)
  • Camera w/extra batteries
  • Flashlight w/extra batteries
  • Small portable alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Fishing gear – see PDF file below

 

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