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 some items that are recommended to bring with you on each adventure. While this is not a comprehensive list, use the guide below to prepare you for your adventure. As always if you are unsure about something or have a question, consult with your guide.

If you don't have some of the gear below, we also offer the rental of gear such as jackets, gloves, backpacks, and microspikes. This allows you to be prepared, save money, test out some gear, and reduces waste!

Jacket or Backpack Rental Price: $10/item

Microspike or Glove Rental: $5/pair

Gear Rental

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. 

Footwear

You'll want to wear comfortable, waterproof shoes or 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. During Winter months, you may want a warmer coat and some additional layers.

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, nuts and cheese 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.

Backpack

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.

Microspikes

Microspikes are small cleats that wrap around your shoe or boot and give you traction in icy and snowy conditions. This is an essential gear item for the better half of the year that are lightweight and help to prevent you from falling or slipping on icy/snowy trails. 

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