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: Lower Body Clothing
  • 1 pair medium weight fleece pants (200 weight fleece)
  • 2 medium weight synthetic long underwear bottom
  • 2 pair of loose-fitting quick-dry nylon trekking pants (can be the type that converts to shorts)
  • 2 pairs of quick-drying nylon shorts (no “short shorts”)
  • 5-7 pairs of underwear or boxer shorts (a mix of cotton and synthetic materials acceptable)


  • 1 pair of medium weight hiking boots - over the ankle is crucial (Examples: Salomon, Asolo, Oboz, Vasque)
  • 1 pair of WET SHOES: secure fitting shoes that enclose the entire foot and have a hard sole, such as old running shoes or sneakers. These shoes will be worn when paddling and WILL get wet. UNACCEPTABLE WET SHOES:Any open toed and/or open heeled and/or open side sandals (Teva, Chaco, Keen), clog type shoes or flip flops (Crocs), Vibram 5-finger shoes, aqua socks or low cut slip-on shoes.
  • 1 pair of lightweight running shoes (to be used for running)
  • 1 pair of CAMP SHOES: The running shoes listed above may double as your camp shoe, OR you can bring a Croc-type shoe or a sport sandal. This camp shoe MUST fit securely, be closed toed, and enclose the majority of the foot. We highly recommend Crocs.
  • 4 pairs of heavy-weight wool socks
  • 4 pairs of medium weight wool socks
  • 3 pairs of lightweight cotton socks
  • 1 pair of full length gaiters that cover your boot from ankle to knees to keep snow and dirt out. Gaiters should fit comfortably over your leather boots, and must fit over the plastic boots you will wear in Patagonia. If possible, try them on over a pair of plastic boots, or buy them a little large. Must be durable. We recommend using a Velcro closure gaiter vs. a zipper closure gaiter Examples: Outdoor Research, REI, Black Diamond.