Packing Lists

Backcountry Skiing Packing List

  • Large Day Pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Ski Touring Boots*
  • Alpine gaitors*
  • Touring Skis*
  • Adjustable Nordic Ski Poles*
  • Climbing Skins*
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Down Jacket and/or wool/fleece pile jacket
  • 2 Pair of waterproof mittens or gloves
  • 2 Warm hats
  • Wool Socks
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners
  • Eye protection (sunglasses and/or ski goggles)
  • Lunch (granola bars, trail mix, powerbars®, cliff bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: sunscreen, crazy creek chairs®, cameras, etc.

Day Hike

Day Hike-Summer/Fall

  • Large Day Pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • Hiking Boots (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Pair of mittens or gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Visor cap
  • Wool Socks
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)
  • Lunch (granola bars, trail mix, powerbars®, cliff bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude
  • Optional items: sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, cameras, etc.)

*These items are available through the SMCWP Outfitter. If you are participating in a WP course rental is free.

Wilderness Medicine Packing List - WFA/WFR/WFR-Refresher

  • Large Day Pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • Hiking Boots (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Pair of mittens or gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Visor cap
  • Wool Socks
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)
  • Additional useful items:sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chair®, cameras,sleeping pad, trekking poles, cord, lightweight tarp,extra synthetic clothing etc.

*These items are available through the SMCWP Outfitter. If you are participating in a WP course rental is free.

Day Hike Packing List/Avalanche Training - Winter/Spring

  • Large Day Pack (2500-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Hiking Boots w/NEOS®* (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof) or mountaineering boots*
  • Alpine gaitors*
  • Snowshoes and/or crampons*
  • Trekking poles and/or mountaineering tool*
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Down Jacket and/or wool/fleece pile jacket
  • 2 Pair of warm waterproof mittens or gloves
  • 2 Warm hats
  • Wool Socks
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners (optional)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses and/or ski goggles)
  • Lunch (granola bars, trail mix, powerbars®, cliff bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude
  • Optional items: sunscreen, crazy creek chairs®, cameras, trekking poles etc.

*These items are available through the SMCWP Outfitter. If you are participating in a WP course rental is free.

Sea Kayaking Day Packing List

  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • One pair of closed toed shoes (that will get wet) or water shoes
  • Bathing Suit (men nylon shorts/women one piece)
  • Fleece Top
  • Wool Socks
  • Warm Hat
  • Visor Cap
  • Eye protection (sunglasses with strap)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch (granola bars, trail mix, powerbars®, cliff bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, cameras, towel, dry clothes for the ride home etc.)

Ice Climbing Packing List

  • Large Day Pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Mountaineering boots*
  • Alpine gaitors*
  • Crampons*
  • Mountaineering tool or technical tools*
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Down Jacket and/or wool/fleece pile jacket
  • 2 Pair of waterproof mittens or gloves
  • 2 Warm hats
  • Wool Socks
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners
  • Eye protection (sunglasses and/or ski goggles)
  • Lunch (granola bars, trail mix, powerbars®, cliff bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: cameras, neck gaitor, balaclava, etc.

Multi-Day Hike

Multi-Day Hike Packing List - Summer/Fall

  • Large Back Pack (5000-6000 cu.)*
  • Sleeping Bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping Pad (therma-rest®, ridge-rest®, z-rest®)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)*
  • Plastic recycle mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon
  • Hiking Boots (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Pair of mittens or gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Visor cap
  • Wool Socks (minimum 2pr)
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners (minimum 1pr)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)
  • Small pocket knife
  • Waterproof matches and/or lighter
  • Large trash bag for waterproofing pack
  • Positive attitude
  • Optional items: sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, hiking pants (no jeans or carharts®, cameras, trekking poles, hydration systems, journals, rain fly's, etc.

*These items are available through the SMCWP Outfitter. If you are participating in a WP course rental is free.

Multi-Day Hike Packing List - Winter/Spring

  • Large Back Pack (5000-6000 cu.)*
  • Sleeping Bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping Pad (therma-rest®, ridge-rest®, z-rest®)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth-lexan nalgene® mandatory)*
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Plastic recycle mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon
  • Plastic mountaineering boots*
  • Alpine gaitors*
  • Snowshoes and/or crampons
  • Trekking poles and/or mountaineering tool
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Down Jacket and/or fleece/wool pile jacket
  • 2 Warm hats and/or balaclava
  • 2 Pair of warm water resistant gloves or mittens
  • Wool Socks (minimum 3pr)
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners (minimum 1pr)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses and/or ski goggles)
  • Small pocket knife
  • Waterproof matches and/or lighter
  • Large trash bag for waterproofing pack
  • Positive attitude
  • Optional items: sunscreen, down booties, crazy creek chairs®, cameras, journals, rain fly's, etc.
  • The WP will provide all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, and compasses, first aid kits.

*These items are available through the SMCWP Outfitter. If you are participating in a WP course rental is free.

Sea Kayaking Multi-Day Packing List

  • 2 Large Dry Bags *
  • Sleeping Bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping Pad (therma-rest®, ridge-rest®, z-rest®)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)*
  • Plastic recycle mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon
  • 2 Pair of closed toed shoes (water shoes and/or sneakers)
  • Headlamp or Flashlight w/ Batteries
  • Outdoor Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon shorts and/or bathing suit
  • Base layer of polypro, wool, capilene®, cool max® bergilene® (top and bottom)
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Pair of mittens or gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Visor cap
  • Wool Socks (minimum 2pr)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)
  • Small pocket knife
  • Waterproof matches and/or lighter
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, cameras hydration systems, journals, etc.

Rock Climbing Packing List

  • Large Day Pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of Water (large mouth nalgene® recommended)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy approach shoes NO OPEN SHOES OR SANDALS!
  • Headlamp or flashlight w/ batteries
  • Loose fitting clothing
  • Mountain Clothing (Think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Mid layer of fleece or wool (top and bottom)
  • Windproof/water resistant layer gore-tex®, sympatex®,H2O No® (top and bottom)
  • Pair of mittens or gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Visor cap
  • Wool Socks
  • Synthetic or wool sock liners
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)
  • Lunch (granola bars, trail mix, powerbars®, cliff bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: sunscreen, bug repellent, cameras, etc.

Selecting a Hiking Boot

Fitting

Properly fit and well broken in hiking boots can make a backpacking trip a pleasure whereas, improperly fit and/or poorly broken in boots can lead to misery. There is no one boot that we can recommend because every individuals' foot is different, so when purchasing boots please follow the following recommendations:

  1. Purchase an above the ankle, mid/heavy weight backpacking boot designed to support a foot carrying loads up to 40-50 lbs
  2. Go to a reputable dealer with a staff that is trained to fit hiking boots.
  3. Try on boots late in the day after your foot has had an opportunity to swell.
  4. Wear the sock system that you intend on using during the trip (we recommend a lightweight polypro liner with an expedition weight SmartWool® sock).
  5. Walk around the store for 20-30 minutes, taking note if the boot pinches, rubs or irritates your foot in any way.
  6. If the store has a ramp, walk down the ramp multiple times to see if your toes jam into the front of the boot. (This simulates walking downhill) Walk up the ramp to see if you get an abnormal amount of heel lift. If the shop does not have a ramp, ask to kick a wall, slide your foot along the ground in a “scuffing motion” until the boot comes in contact with the wall. (Like the ramp this will simulate walking downhill with a pack) Again see if your toes jam into the front of the boot.
  7. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
  8. Do not make a boot purchase based on look or price point.
  9. Do go to another shop if nothing that you’ve tried on fits well.

Breaking In and Waterproofing

  1. Once you have your boots at home, walk around the house for a couple of days to make sure they really fit (once you wear them outside they cannot be returned).
  2. When you have decided they fit, apply waterproofing recommended by the manufacturer or dealer. (Waterproofing facilitates breaking in)
  3. Begin breaking in your boots by wearing them casually, if they begin to feel uncomfortable take them off, let your foot rest and go back to them the next day.
  4. Once your able to wear them comfortably for a full day (6-8 hours), begin wearing them on light hikes.
  5. The week before you depart on your course you should wear your boots everyday and reapply waterproofing just before departure.

If you follow these guidelines your feet will thank you!

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