Sierra Nevada Backpacking
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
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
2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles *
Insulated Mug *
Spoon or Spork *
Lightweight Bowl *
They must be 100% UV. Wrap sunglasses are best.
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
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
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
30 SPF or higher
15 SPF or higher
A small amount
Baby Wipes (optional)
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
Swiss Army type knife
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.