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Packing for Your Hike

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What to bring

Keep in mind that youíll be spending a week in the Rocky Mountains, where temperatures can range from the mid 20s (75 Fahrenheit) in the day to below freezing at night.

During day hikes you need to be prepared for sun or rain, or even snow at higher altitudes.

Good hiking boots, layered clothing that is both warm and waterproof, and a warm sleeping bag are essential.

Planning for Day Hiking

This complete day hiker's checklist and equipment guide will help with your planning and equipment purchases.

Photo courtesy of Robert VanderzweerdeRecommended Items to Bring


  • Sturdy hiking boots and/or sturdy hiking runners
  • Running shoes and/or sports sandals for camp
  • Several pairs of light socks and heavy boot socks
  • Gaiters for snow and rain


  • Warm jacket (down or holofil) OR Gortex type jacket with fleece and/or wool shirts to layer underneath for added warmth
  • Quality rain jacket/pants for wet weather
  • Sun hat
  • Wool hat and gloves
  • Sweater or fleece pullover
  • Shirts - long and short sleeved
  • Long pants - 2 pairs
  • Shorts - 2 pairs
  • Warm PJís or sweat suit

Bed Roll:

  • Warm sleeping bag (night time temperatures can be below freezing)
  • Waterproof ground sheet (there are no floors in the tents)
  • Bag liner or light blanket
  • Pillow case (stuff it with jacket or sweater)

Personal Toiletries:

  • Toothbrush, Paste & Mug
  • Small mirror, (optional, SHCR provides mirrors in the wash tent)
  • Biodegradable soap (use for shampoo too)
  • Sun protection (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Simple first aid kit including Moleskin and 2nd skin
  • Shaving kit (optional)
  • Small deodorant
  • Travel wipes
  • Lip balm
  • Personal medications
  • Health Care Card

We supply hand sanitizer for use at the biffies and at the dining tent. The hand sanitizer is not a replacement for your own biodegradable soap.


  • DRINKING CUP (there are no disposable cups available in camp)
  • Towel & facecloth
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra boot laces and boot waterproofing
  • Day pack
  • Water bottles (at least 2 x 1 litre or quart)
  • Hiking poles
  • Solid fire starter (odorless kind) or newspaper
  • Flashlight
  • Waterproof sit upon
  • Flypaper or mosquito coils
  • Garbage bags and freezer Ziploc bags
  • Whistle

Items you may find useful (optional):

  • Snacks and/or alcoholic beverage for social hour:
    Snack food must be placed in a Ziploc bag.  No food can be left in tents.  Skyline provides animal proof containers in the dining tent for your snacks. Please ensure your Ziploc bags have your name on them. Hikers must carry out any leftover snacks or beverages so do not bring any more than you will eat in the 5 days of camp.
  • Bathing suit, (for the hardy!)
  • Binoculars
  • Topo maps (available at MEC & map shops, composite map available on Skyline website)
  • Ensolite type mattress or Thermorest (A foam mattress is supplied)
  • Waterbag for carrying wash water (or ice cream bucket). Bowls are supplied in the Wash Tent.
  • Juice crystals, or electrolyte crystals, to mix with water
  • Clothes pins.
  • Camera
  • Extra runners or suitable footwear for possible creek crossings (to be carried in with your day pack)
  • Pencil and notebook.

How to pack

All gear must be packed in a single duffel bag for transport into and out of camp by horse (see photo):

  • maximum size approximately 100 x 40 x 40 cm (36" x 15" x 15")
  • maximum weight 42 pounds (our outfitterís horses arenít metric yet, but thatís 19 kg)
  • no frames or wheels (they can hurt the horses)
  • any rigid or hard items packed inside softer items
  • any breakable items adequately padded
  • we recommend packing everything in plastic bags or other waterproof containers

Donít pack your hiking boots! Youíll need them to get into camp.

Your bag will be transported to and from camp by truck and pack horse over rough terrain and, while we take all precautions possible, Skyline Hikers and its outfitter are unable to take responsibility for damage.

Photographic equipment, binoculars or other valuables MUST NOT BE PACKED IN YOUR DUFFEL.

If you are planning to take a folding chair to camp it must be carried in with you, tied to your day pack and MUST NOT BE PACKED IN YOUR DUFFEL. Horses have been injured from careless packing of these chairs.

If you have difficulty carrying and/or lifting 42 lbs you can put half of your gear into a smaller bag and the remainder in your large bag. When you arrive at the bus, put the smaller bag into the larger one for loading. When you get to camp you can take the smaller bag out of the larger one and carry each separately to your tent.

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