The Rocky Mountains are a wondrous beauty to behold, but the weather can be unpredictable due to the altitude (over 7,500 feet above sea level). You will need to bring clothing and gear for a variety of conditions and activities.
- comfortable jeans and/or lightweight breathable pants
- t-shirts — 100% synthetic works best
- socks — we suggest wool or synthetic that properly fit your footwear
- lightweight base layer (typically called long underwear)
- mid layer (e.g. long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt/comfortable warm pants, fleece vest or jacket) — lightweight synthetic breathable materials are best
- light hiking boots, trail shoes with ankle support.
- a warm outer layer, (jacket)- preferably water resistant.
- stocking cap for the very cool alpine conditions and for sleeping
- light inexpensive pair of cotton gloves (to be used for chilly conditions)
- hat for sun protection
- sunscreen — the sun can be very strong at higher altitude
- lip balm, if desired
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- prescription medications (if needed); bring extras for emergencies
- contact lens solution (if needed)
- sleeping bag (rated to at least 30 degrees) pillow
- nalgene water bottle or equivalent
- daypack — lightweight and large enough to carry extra clothes, water and food
- camera and batteries
- gear bag or some other means to pack your gear. (Your gear will stow under your cot)