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. 

Check List: Upper Body Clothing
  • (OCT to APRIL Courses Only) 1 lightweight synthetic fill jacket Look for fills such as Polarguard 3D, Primaloft, or 3M Hollofill. This garment is an essential piece that will provide extra warmth during backcountry travel. It will keep you warm in camp when you aren't active.
  • 1 medium weight fleece jacket or pullover (200 weight fleece) Comfortable, breathes well, insulates when wet. A sufficiently warm wool or wool/synthetic sweater may be substituted - if in doubt, bring two sweaters.
  • 1 medium weight synthetic long underwear top
  • 1-2 long sleeved, light colored button up shirt that is loose fitting
  • 2-3 synthetic t-shirts
  • 1-2 sport/jog bras (if applicable)


  • 1 synthetic, fleece, or wool beanie hat
  • 1 wide-brimmed sun hat or baseball cap
  • 1 bandanna (used to shield your head, neck or face from insects and sunburn)
  • 1 bug head net (mesh needs to be small enough to protect against no-see-ums and mosquitoes)
  • 2 reusable face masks (due to COVID-19)  


  • 1 pair sunglasses
  • Prescription eye wear and/or contacts (if applicable) Bring an extra pair in case of loss or damage. If you have limited vision without your glasses, bring prescription sunglasses.
  • Retainer straps (make sure they fit your glasses tightly and have an adjustable strap)
  • Hard cases to store glasses


  • (OCT to APRIL Courses Only) 1 pair of warm fleece or wool gloves or mittens (waterproof preferred)