All of the items listed below are required and It is extremely important to the success and safety of your course that you bring them all. Weather conditions can vary dramatically and you must be prepared!

The items noted with a * can be provided at no cost by IAG/CAG as noted and are subject to availability. You must notify us no later than 7 days before your trip of any gear you require from us. Please use our Gear Request Form to advise us of any gear you require from us.

On the left are the items you will need and on the right are some examples and recommendations from our guides. The recommended items represent some of the best gear and clothing in each category that we use ourselves, but you may find other items that will also be appropriate.

Any questions give us a call at: 877-686-2546


Camping Gear

Backpack *

An internal frame backpack 60-75 liters in size.


Sleeping Bag *

Rated 15 deg to 25 deg is ideal. Down or synthetic, but down is much lighter and a better performer. 850 fill down performs much better than 650 fill.


Sleeping Pad *

Either full length or 3/4 length. Either closed cell or inflatable


Headlamp *

Our recommendations:
Black Diamond Spot


2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles *

Our recommendations:
Tritan Water Bottle


Insulated Mug *
 

Our recommendations:
Sea to Summit Delta Insul-Mug


Spoon or Spork *

Our recommendations:
Sea to Summit Delta Spork


Lightweight Bowl *

Our recommendations:
Sea to Summit XL Bowl


Sunglasses

They must be 100% UV. Wrap sunglasses are best.


Clothing

For clothing, we emphasize a layering system in which we put on and take off layers of clothing depending on the outside temperature and the level of activity.


Hiking Shoes or boots

Lightweight is better. Either low top or high top is fine. It's important to have put some miles on them prior to your trip.


Outer Waterproof Shell Jacket (hard shell) with Hood

A waterproof & breathable shell jacket with no additional insulation sewn in. Lightweight is better.


Hiking Pant (soft shell)

A lighter weight synthetic non-waterproof pant. Zip off legs are nice to switch to shorts.
 


Lightweight Long Underwear Baselayer Bottom

Synthetic or Wool.


Lightweight Long Underwear Baselayer Top

  • Long sleeve
  • Synthetic or wool

Insulating Layer - Midweight

Fleece or wool or a lightweight down jacket works fine. Avoid the lightest weight fleece.


Insulated down or synthetic jacket

  • Lightweight down or synthetic fill puffy parka. Down is lighter.
  • It can get very gold any month of the year in the High Sierra!
  • A heavy weight fleece sweater or jacket can substitute

Synthetic T shirt

Our recommendations:
 


Warm Hat

Wool or synthetic


Sun Hat or Ball Cap


2 Pairs Socks

Mid weight to lightweight weight wool or synthetic socks. If you normally use liners then bring them also

Our recommendations:
 


Synthetic shorts and/or swim suit

Nice for a dip in the alpine lakes!


Lightweight Glove (optional)

These do not have to be water resistant. Fleece or soft shell is fine.


Flip Flops (optional)

Nice for at camp or for stream crossings. Must be lightweight.


Other Important Items

Suncscreen

30 SPF or higher


Lip Balm

15 SPF or higher


Toilet Paper

A small amount


Baby Wipes (optional)


Lighter

For burning toilet paper


A Couple Small Ziploc bags


Small Personal Kit

Personal medications, Toothbrush, Small amount of toothpaste, blister kit, etc. (the guide will have a full first aid kit)


Camera (optional, but you'll want one!)

Pocket sized is best. Of course a smart phone can suffice.


Foam Ear Plugs

For wind and tent mate noise


Compass (optional)

For practice


Stuff Sacks

For organization


Pocket Knife

Swiss Army type knife


Insect Repellent

Usually not needed after mid August
DEET works the best but there are some natural repellents out there as well.
 


Lunch Food & Snacks

On this trip we will provide breakfast, dinner as well as lunch and snacks, but you can bring a few small snacks. Please do not bring too much as we are providing all the food and there is only so much room in the bear proof cans. We can accommodate special diets.


For all your gear needs we recommend Moosejaw. They have a huge selection of all the gear you'll need and offer fast free shipping.

 
 
 

We reserve the right to refuse services to any client deemed inadequately prepared at the meeting point.