All of the items listed below are required and It is extremely important to the success and safety of your trip that you bring them all. Weather conditions high in the mountains of Baja 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

We provide the tents on all of our trips

Backpack *

An internal frame backpack 50-75 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 *

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. And for the Baja trip we highly recommend sticky climbing rubber soles which are also know as "approach shoes". 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 mountains of Baja!

  • 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:

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

Lip Balm

15 SPF or higher

Toilet Paper

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

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.

This list doesn't include travel clothes that you will also want to bring for your time at Rancho Meling or the Adobe Guadalupe winery.

Lunch Food & Snacks

On this trip we will provide breakfast and dinner and you will provide lunch and 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 use them for protection from Ring Tail Cats and other bears in Baja!) . We can accommodate special diets.

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