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. 

Optional Items

It's nice to go light, but many past students also recommend bringing the following items:

  • 10-20 nutrition bars: you will be provided with all of the food and snacks you need throughout your course; however, many students also prefer to bring their own “power bars.” Power, Cliff, Luna and Balance are all examples of bars that are great nutritional companions in the wilderness.
  • Trekking poles: Help distribute weight while hiking with heavy packs; great if you have weak ankles/knees
  • Medicated powder like Gold Bond™
  • Crazy Creek camp chair: Comfortable, but heavy. If you are bringing a Thermarest pad too, a lighter and cheaper alternative is to purchase a Thermarest chair kit that converts the pad into a comfortable seat.
  • 1 pair of rock climbing shoes
  • Camera (with extra batteries and memory card or extra film)
  • Insulated thermos, up to 1 liter capacity
  • Spanish/English dictionary or phrase book
  • 1 money belt or neck pouch for carrying valuables under clothing
  • Stationery/envelopes/stamps