Packing Lists

Hiking Packing Lists


Day Hike - Summer/Fall

  • Day pack (25-35 Liters)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Hiking boots (Trail runners, light hikers or mid-weight hiking boots)
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Positive attitude

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

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


Day Hike – Winter/Spring

  • Day pack (25-35 Liters)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Hiking boots w/NEOS® overboots* (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Trekking poles*
  • Snowshoes and/or MICROspikes*
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top of fleece or wool
  • Down jacket and/or fleece/wool pile jacket*
  • 2 Warm hats and/or balaclava*
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • 2 Pair of water resistant mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Wool socks
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: sunscreen, cameras, etc.

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


Generic Overnight

  • Large backpack (5000-6000 cu.)*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)*
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon hiking shorts/pants
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top of fleece
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks (minimum 2 pair)
  • Sunglasses
  • Large trash bag for waterproofing pack*
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: Camp shoe (close toed, lightweight, comfortable) small pocket knife, sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, hiking pants (no jeans or carharts®), cameras, trekking poles, hydration systems, journals, etc.

The WP will have all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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


Multi-Day Hike - Summer/Fall

  • Large backpack (5000-6000 cu.)*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Hiking boots (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon hiking shorts/pants
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks (minimum 2 pair)
  • Sunglasses
  • Large trash bag for waterproofing pack*
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: small pocket knife, sock liners, sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, hiking pants (no jeans or carharts®), cameras, trekking poles, hydration systems, journals, etc.

The WP will have all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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


Multi-Day Hike - Winter/Spring

  • Large backpack (5000-6000 cu.)*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)*
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Plastic mountaineering boots* or hiking boots w/ NEOS® Overboots* (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Alpine gaiters*
  • Snowshoes and/or crampons and/or MICROspikes*
  • Trekking poles and/or mountaineering tool*
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottoms of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof 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 2 pr)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses and/or ski goggles)
  • Large trash bag for waterproofing pack*
  • Positive attitude

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

The WP will provide all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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

Skiing and Ice Packing Lists


Backcountry Ski/Ride 

  • Large day pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Ski/Snowboard Helmet*
  • Ski/Snowboard boots
  • Alpine Touring skis or splitboard*
  • Adjustable ski poles*
  • Climbing skins*
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Down jacket and/or wool/fleece pile jacket*
  • 2 Pair of waterproof mittens or gloves*
  • 2 Warm hats
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava*
  • Wool socks
  • Ski goggles (sunglasses optional)
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: sunscreen, cameras, etc.

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


Ice Climbing and Mountaineering

  • Large day pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Mountaineering boots*
  • Alpine gaiters*
  • Crampons*
  • Mountaineering tool or technical tools*
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof top and bottom*
  • Down jacket and/or wool/fleece pile jacket*
  • 2 Pair of waterproof mittens or gloves*
  • 1 Warm hats*
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava*
  • Wool socks
  • Eye protection (sunglasses and/or ski goggles)
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: sunscreen, cameras, etc.

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

Kayaking Packing Lists

Sea Kayak Day Trip

  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Water shoes*
  • Athletic swimwear
  • Fleece top
  • Wool socks
  • Warm hat*
  • 1 Small dry bag* (obtained at start of trip)
  • Visor cap
  • Sunglasses (with retention strap!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: rain jacket, bug repellent, cameras, towel, dry clothes for the ride home, personal paddling equipment (must be inspected by instructor), etc.)

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


Whitewater Kayak Day Trip

  • Athletic swimwear
  • Base layer of top and bottoms of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Water shoes*
  • Sunscreen
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Waterproof jacket*
  • Sunglasses (with retention strap!)

Optional items: camera, towel, dry bag, personal kayaking equipment (has to be inspected by an instructor), etc.

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


Multi-Day Sea Kayak

  • All Equipment on Day Trip Packing List
  • 2 Large dry bags*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Water shoes*
  • Closed toe camp shoes
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Outdoor clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon shorts and/or athletic bathing suit
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof top and bottom*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Wool socks (minimum 2 pair)
  • Positive attitude

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

The WP will provide all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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


Multi-Day Whitewater Kayak

  • All Equipment on Day Trip Packing List
  • Large duffel or backpack*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Camp shoe (close toed, lightweight, comfortable)
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon hiking shorts/pants
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks (minimum 2 pair)
  • 1 Small dry bag*
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: small pocket knife, sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, hiking pants (no jeans or carharts®), cameras, hydration systems, journals, etc. 

The WP will provide all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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

Mountain Biking Packing Lists

Day Trip

  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (1 sports/bike bottle* and 1 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Close-toed athletic shoes
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Waterproof jacket*
  • Small backpack*
  • Sunglasses/eye protection*
  • Sunscreen

Optional items: camera, change of clothes, hydration pack, etc.

*These items are available through the SMCWP Bike Room for trip use. You can receive these items the morning of the trip.


Multi-Day Trip

  • All Equipment on Day Trip Packing List
  • Large duffel or backpack*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Camp shoe (close toed, lightweight, comfortable)
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon hiking shorts/pants
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks (minimum 2 pair)
  • Sunglasses
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: small pocket knife, sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, hiking pants (no jeans or carharts®), cameras, hydration systems, journals, etc.

The WP will provide all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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

Rock Climbing Packing Lists

Day Trip

  • Large day pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Hiking boots or sturdy approach shoes NO OPEN SHOES OR SANDALS!
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Athletic/Outdoor clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Mid layer top of fleece or wool*
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Wool socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Lunch and snacks (granola bars, trail mix, PowerBars®, Cliff Bars®, bagels w/peanut butter)
  • Positive attitude

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

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


Multi-Day Trip

  • All Equipment on Day Trip Packing List
  • Large duffel or backpack*
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate temperature rating for season)*
  • Sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest®, RidgeRest®, Z-Rest®)*
  • Plastic travel mug
  • Plastic bowl
  • Unbreakable spoon/fork
  • Camp shoe (close toed, lightweight, comfortable)
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Athletic/Outdoor clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Nylon hiking shorts/pants
  • Base layer top and bottoms of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks (minimum 2 pair)
  • Sunglasses
  • Large trash bag for waterproofing pack*
  • Positive attitude

Optional items: small pocket knife, sunscreen, bug repellent, crazy creek chairs®, hiking pants (no jeans or carharts®), cameras, hydration systems, journals, etc.

The WP will provide all appropriate equipment to include: cook sets, food, shelters, stoves, fuel bottles, maps, compasses, and first aid kits.

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

Trainings Packing Lists

Avalanche Training - Winter/Spring

  • Large day pack (2500-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Insulated water bottle parkas*
  • Hiking boots w/NEOS®* (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof) or mountaineering boots*
  • Alpine gaiters*
  • Snowshoes and/or crampons*
  • Trekking poles and/or mountaineering tool*
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Avalanche shovel*
  • Avalanche probe*
  • Avalanche beacon*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • 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 and snacks (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.


Wilderness Medicine - WFA/WFR/WFR-Refresher

  • Large day pack (2000-3000 cu.)*
  • 2 Liters of water in a durable bottle (2 large mouth Nalgenes® recommended)
  • Hiking boots (above the ankle, well broken in, waterproof)
  • Headlamp w/ batteries*
  • Mountain clothing (think warm and dry, remember layering) NO COTTON!
  • Base layer top and bottom of synthetic clothing or wool
  • Mid layer top and bottom of fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants*
  • Pair of mittens or gloves*
  • Warm hat*
  • Visor cap
  • Wool socks
  • 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.

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