Getting In Gear
Checklists, tips, and video to prepare you for your upcoming trek.
Download your gear checklists.
Train, train, train.
A backpacking trip starts long before you ever step foot on trail. The more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy it. Start by reading our training guide, “How to Train For Backpacking” to get ready for your next backpacking adventure.
Helpful gear prep videos.
See the gear we take on the trail
High end expensive gear isn’t needed to start backpacking. See what we take on the trail, and keep it simple!
How to pack a backpack
What goes in first, what goes in last? Watch as we demonstrate how to efficiently pack a backpack.
How to adjust a backpack
Getting used to a new pack is an iterative process! Learn how to adjust a pack for the best fit each time you strap it on!
How to pre-treat clothing
Participants on our Sierra backpacking trips are strongly encourage pre-treat one set of clothing with permethrin. Lean how!
Attend an online class.
It’s helpful to prepare by learning through the experience of others. Watch, listen, and read the stories of past participants on our Videos & Stories page.