CLOTHING & GEAR LIST

The Clothing and Gear list is the result of many years of staff and participant feedback. Please read and follow these suggestions and the check list closely. 

Clothing and Gear Overview

Points to keep in mind while planning and shopping:

  • Changing weather conditions may require use of all of these items. Keep receipts and tags from new purchases so any unused items can be returned after course.
  • It is important that all your clothing be comfortable, quick-drying and warm. Fabrics such as polyester, polypropylene, fleece, acrylic, rayon, wool or name brands like Polartec™, Thinsulate™, COOLMAX®, Smartwool and Capilene are just a few favorites of outdoor enthusiasts, since they retain much of their insulating qualities when wet. There are other brand names as well. Check with a sales associate or mail-order representative. Do not bring down, denim or cotton clothing (unless otherwise indicated). Our Clothing and Gear list reflects the layering principle. Several layers of light clothing keep you warm and can be adjusted to changes in both weather and activity. For example, wearing a long sleeve base layer, medium weight fleece and insulating jacket allows you to adapt to changing conditions.
  • Wearing white or light colored, loose fitting clothing keeps you cooler; in addition, they attract fewer biting insects. Dark colors are acceptable for insulating attire.
  • Cotton clothing loses its insulating properties when wet. Also, cotton does not dry quickly in the outdoors. For these reasons, do not bring items made with cotton unless otherwise noted.