Required Gear

What gear do I need to get myself?

Proper clothing and equipment are absolutely necessary to a safe and successful outdoor adventure. Extreme weather can range anywhere from 0 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with snow, wind and intense sun. Versatility is the key to dressing properly, and layering allows you to do this most efficiently.

If you are embarking on an alpine climb, gear and clothing lists will be provided by the guide services that are specific to the adventure that you choose. It is absolutely necessary to bring all of the items listed on your respective list. When in doubt, bring it! You can always leave unnecessary items at the trailhead.

Here is an example recommended gear list from a CFK backcountry trek:


  • pack
  • trekking poles
  • sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • stuff sack for gear organization (optional but very helpful!)
  • two 1-liter (32 oz) water bottles or hydration system with a minimum total capacity of 64 oz
  • lightweight cup and/or bowl, and spoon and/or fork
  • headlamp with fresh batteries
  • toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, eye care if needed, sunscreen, personal medications


  • lightweight puffy jacket (synthetic insulated jacket)
  • rain shell
  • 1 long sleeve synthetic or wool top (lightweight or medium weight)
  • 1 pair synthetic or wool bottoms (lightweight or medium weight)
  • 1-2 moisture-wicking t-shirts or tank tops
  • 1 pair hiking pants (side zippers or zip off shorts are great)
  • 1 pair hiking shorts or hiking skirt
  • hiking boots (trail runners or standard hiking boots)
  • 2 pairs synthetic or wool socks
  • 1 pair pile or wool gloves, depending on expected temperatures
  • 1 pile or wool hat
  • 1-2 pairs undergarments

What about boots?

For alpine climbs requiring mountaineering boots, we will provide you with rented boots from the guide service.  If you want to invest in your own boots for mountaineering, please review recommendations from the guide service of your specific climb. Not all mountains are the same when it comes to boots.

For backcountry treks or alpine trips that do not require mountaineering boots, we can provide boots from our gear library if available but recommend that you purchase your own. Ask for recommendations from mountain guides or CFK staff before purchasing.

What about food?

Check out the food page.

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