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. 

Required - Clothing and Gear - Upper Body
  • 1 lightweight synthetic long underwear top
  • 1 medium weight synthetic long underwear top
  • 1-2 long sleeved, light colored button up shirt that are loose fitting 
  • 2-3 synthetic t-shirts
  • 3 sport/jog bras (if applicable)


These garments are essential pieces that will provide extra warmth during backcountry travel. Insulating garments should comfortably fit under rain jacket and have a hood.

  • 1 medium-weight synthetic fill jacket with hood. 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 are not active.
  • 2 medium-weight fleece jackets or pullovers (200 weight fleece). Comfortable, breathes well, insulates when wet. A sufficiently warm wool or wool/synthetic sweater may be substituted. Examples: Patagonia R1 Melenzana). Having a hood is preferred, but not required for this item.


**NCOBS can provide rain gear if you do not already own these items.
  • Rain Jacket: Two or Three-layer Gore-Tex or similar high quality waterproof breathable jacket with a storm-proof hood. Reinforced shoulders will help protect the jacket from the rubbing of your backpack. Examples: Outdoor Research Furio Jacket, Patagonia Triolet, Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell. Other brand to look for are: Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, ArcTeryx, the North Face or Mountain Equipment Co-Op.
  • Rain Pants: Full zip (preferred though not mandated) Gore-Tex or similar high-quality waterproof-breathable pants. Look for reinforced knees and seat. The same brands as above are recommended.

If you own a high-quality waterproof-breathable jacket and/or pants that are more than a year old, test them to see if they are still waterproof. Wear them over a dark t-shirt and dark underwear with the hood up and stand under your shower for several minutes. Make sure to thoroughly soak the entire jacket and pants, especially around the shoulders. If the items are no longer waterproof, leaks will show on the dark cotton fabric. If this is the case, treat your existing jacket/pants with a waterproofing product (available at many outdoor stores) or purchase a new jacket/pants.


  • 1 medium weight fleece or wool hat that covers your ears and the back of your neck
  • 1 wide-brimmed sun hat or baseball cap
  • 1-2 bandannas (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


  • 1 pair of medium-weight warm fleece or wool gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight fleece gloves