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Things to Know

Before You Go

Each season provides unique experiences while exploring, so it is important that you come prepared. Below you will find a list of items that you should bring with you on each adventure. Use the guide below to help best prepare you for your adventure.

As always if you are unsure about something or have a question, consult with your guide.

Workout Clothes

Bring bottoms that are comfortable to move in such as shorts, loose pants, or yoga pants. Tops will want to provide some protection from the elements, so depending on the temperature a tank top, T-shirt, or long sleeve shirt is recommended. 

Hiking Boots

You'll want to wear waterproof hiking boots during your adventure to protect your feet from rocky trails and to keep your feet dry if it rains. Also make sure to wear appropriate socks that cover the back of your foot to prevent blisters, wick moisture, and are breathable. 

Waterproof Jacket

You'll want to bring a waterproof jacket to help keep you dry if rainy or stormy conditions develop. This can also be helpful for windy conditions to protect your skin from wind burn and keep you warm.

Water and Snacks

You'll want to bring at least 2 liters of water with you to ensure you are hydrated. Snacks should be high in nutrition and calories to ensure you have plenty of energy during your adventure. Things like fruit, crackers, and granola bars are great trail snacks.

Sunglasses and Sunscreen

Being at higher elevations it's important to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen and Sunglasses are easy ways to ensure your skin and eyes stay protected. Polarized lenses are the most commonly used lenses for high altitude and a sunscreen of SPF 30 and higher is recommended.


You'll want to bring a backpack with you to help store things like water, snacks, extra layers, and anything else you might want to bring with you such as a phone or camera. It is also helpful to have a waterproof cover for your backpack in case it rains, but isn't absolutely necessary.

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