Download our gear checklist

Over packing is a novice mistake that we try to help people avoid. If you follow our gear checklist, you’ll be well prepared with a lightweight back.

Watch our gear checklist video

You don’t need high end expensive gear to star backpacking! Shop in your closet first, and think layered and lightweight. This video is a visual representation for our backpacking gear checklists listed above. Stick with the checklist first as they are specific to your trek! Use this video to see what we actually take on the trail.

How to adjusts a backpack

An excellent instructional video created by Sierra Trading Post. Follow their example every time you repack a pack, and you are sure to get a good fit each time. This does not refer to sizing a backpack which should be done at reputable outdoor retailer, or on the trail with one of our guides if borrowing a pack for one of our treks.

How to treat your clothing with permethrin

For Sierra backpacking trips in May, June, July and August, we strongly encourage participants to pre-treat one set of clothing (hat, shirt, pants, socks) with permethrin before departure. You can order permethrin from your local outdoor retailers or on Amazon. Watch this video for information about permethrin and how to apply it. There is no need to treat your tent or sleep system.

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