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What to Bring

Packing Guide

In this section you will find a list of all the equipment and supplies you will need for your trip. You may want to consider packing with two separate trips in mind, the three days on the mountain and the three days in the city. Keep your packing down to the minimum necessities.

IMPORTANT: Colorado’s weather in the mountains is very unpredictable. One week could bring rain, snow, hail, clouds and sunshine. Even if it’s hot at home when you are packing, please realize that it gets extremely COLD at night on the mountain. Plan for WARM days (70-80 degrees) and COLD nights (30-40 degrees). Pack your clothes in plastic bags to further protect them against the possibility of getting wet. It is also helpful to treat your hats, gloves, jacket, parka, etc. with Scotch Guard, Nikwax, etc.

Mountain Gear:
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of sweat pants or fleece pants or
  • 1 pair of wind pants
  • 1 pair of light weight wool blend socks (for around camp)
  • 2 pair of heavy weight wool blend socks (for hiking)
  • Underwear (as many as you need)
  • Hiking boots with ankle protection and aggressive tread (make sure to break these in well before beginning the trip)
  • A second pair of shoes (preferably running shoes) to wear around camp or in case the others are wet
  • Warm jacket or parka with a hood
  • Rain gear or QUALITY poncho with hood (Do not get the emergency ponchos because these tear and ruin too easily. Bring a good poncho.)
  • 1 pair of thermal underwear (both top and bottom)
  • Toboggan or winter hat for warmth
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm fleece or sweatshirt
Personal Gear (For both on and off the mountain)
  • 2 one quart wide mouth plastic water bottles
  • Cup and plate (plastic or metal)
  • Spoon/fork
  • Bungee cords (approximately 4-6 for strapping items onto your backpack
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hand towel and wash cloth
  • Daypack (a backpack similar to what you would take to school but large enough to carry food, water, gear and extra clothing on the summit climb as well as in the city)
  • Lip balm with sunblock
  • Sunscreen with a high block rating
  • 1 roll of toilet paper
  • Small flashlight with extra batteries
  • 2 or more large heavy duty trash bags (preferably 55 gallon – used to cover pack to keep it dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Deodorant
  • Small Bible (Old and New Testament)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medicines (place in a zip lock bag by themselves)
  • Ziplock bags (to sort and carry the above personal gear)
  • Any snacks that you may want

NOTE: If you need any over the counter medication, you must bring them with you. Also, all food items should be carried in ziplock freezer bags. If you are carrying individually wrapped items such as gum, jolly ranchers, etc. please remove the wrappers before you come. This will help reduce litter problems.

City Gear
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 3 pairs of shorts or jeans
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • Underwear (you figure out how many)
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable shoes for walking (At least one pair of closed toed shoes)
  • Towel
  • Pillow

NOTE: Clothes should be appropriate for working. Girls, choose clothes that are tactful (no short shorts, tank tops, shirts that show your mid-drift, skirts, etc.) Keep in mind that the idea is not to look cute, but be able to work comfortably and effectively minister to those in need.

  • Knives
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Cell phones and other electronics — radios, iPods, CD players, PSPs, etc.
Gear Supplied by Elevations

Gear for each individual:

  • Backpack (external frame)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Sleeping Pad (foam)

Gear for each crew:

  • 4 Person Tents
  • Stoves and Fuel
  • Pots and Pans
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dining/Rain Fly
  • First Aid Supplies (excluding medications)
  • Food For Each Meal