What to Bring

Below is a checklist of the items you'll want to have for this Introduction to Backpacking course.  This list is not intended to be a planning resource for anything OTHER than this course.  As you progress and learn backpacking skills your list of items will change dramatically.  Once you learn the equation "Weight = Pain = Luxury" you'll find yourself developing your own list of items to carry.

Additionally, as you will learn, each trip has a different "purpose" and as such, your packing list will change.

Some items below are required while the majority is suggested.  You are welcome to bring items not on this list.  Just make sure you have somewhere to store the gear you thought you were going to bring until you learned what you really need.


  • Backpack (45L-65L)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Cup/bowl/spoon
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Clothing
    • Quick-dry shorts/pants
    • Quick-dry shirt
    • Long-sleeve shirt
    • Layers appropriate for the temperature - this could be long underwear, a puffy jacket, fleece layer, or even a light wool sweater.
    • 2-pair of wool socks
    • Hiking shoes/boots - DO NOT come to this class with brand-new shoes/boots.
  • Rain gear (Frogg Toggs)
  • Personal Hygene & Medicines - this includes toilet paper and baby wipes (you'll have to carry out baby wipes).
  • Personal 1st AID kit - click HERE for a good starting point.
  • Water & bottles - bring the ability to carry at least 3-liters of water; this can be anything, but the lightest options are Smartwater brand water bottles in 1-1.5L sizes.  YOU MUST BRING 5-GALLONS OF WATER FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP.
  • LOYO Food - this is lunch & snacks you'll need for the adventure; see link to the right for ideas


  • Clothing
    • Bandana
    • Sunglasses
    • Watch
    • Sun hat
    • Underwear
    • Camp shoes - flip flops, shower shoes, Crocs
  • Mobile phone
  • Pocket knife


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Backpacking is a very challenging endeavor and each route will require a certain level of fitness, capability and in some cases, experience.  Our goal is to ensure that you do not get in over your head to the extent it requires an evacuation.  Our staff is eager to work with you to put together the adventure that's best for you and your group.





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