Its easy for people with limited or no backpacking experience to join a TSX experience. If you don’t own a backpack, tent or sleeping bag, we’ll provide it for you at no additional charge. Our team leaders also take care of all group items like pots, stoves, food, bear canisters, water filters, first aid etc. All you need to bring is your boots, personal items, positive attitude and sense of adventure.

After registering for a TSX outing, you’ll be provided an official backpacking gear checklist with recommended items for your trek. Our backpacking checklist is simple, lightweight, and incorporates over two decades of backpacking experience. Generally, each participant will be asked to bring the following personal items.

  • Hiking boots (broken-in)
  • Lightweight camp shoes (also used for water crossings)
  • Hiking socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Underwear(2-3 pairs)
  • Long underwear bottom
  • Long underwear or long sleeve top
  • Shorts and lightweight rain/wind pants, or convertible pants/shorts
  • Shirts (1-2 short or long sleeve)
  • Insulating jacket (puffy synthetic/down)
  • Poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat (beanie/toque)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap; women should bring extra tampons)
  • Personal medications, if any
  • Lightweight flashlight
  • Water containers (2; minimum 1 liter capacity)
  • Lightweight spoon
  • Lightweight cup/mug and bowl
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Bandanna (handkerchief)
  • Mole skin (for blisters)
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Optional items (camera, pocket knife, notebook, etc.)

Finally, before you hit the trail, your guides will invite you to a “pack-check” to make sure you have the basics and help with any adjustments. This is our opportunity to help you lighten up your pack so you have the best experience possible. The three-foot tripod? Leave it at home. Fully loaded packs generally weigh between 30-40 lbs.

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mt whitney gear checklist

If you’re considering a trek with us, or planning your own Mt. Whitney or Grand Canyon outing, we can help! Our complete backpacking checklist is simple, lightweight, and incorporates over two decades of backpacking experience. Our complete backpacking checklist will help prepare you for a summer trek in the Sierra, or a spring or fall Grand Canyon outing.

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