Gear List

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Backpacking Gear

  • Backpack, 70L
  • Sleeping Bag, rated 20°-30° for Yosemite or 0°-20° for Death Valley winter trips
    * Synthetic or Down: Down is lighter and packs smaller. Synthetic is cheaper. Whichever you choose, it must be a backpacking sleeping bag capable of squeezing down to fit inside a pack.
    * Winter in Death Valley: Temperatures drop well below freezing at night. Consider using a sleeping bag liner for extra warmth inside sleeping bag.   
  • Sleeping Pad, foam or inflatable
    * Winter in Death Valley: Inflatable pad will keep you from losing heat to the ground.
  • Waterproof Stuff Sack for Sleeping Bag
  • Waterproof Stuff Sack for Clothing
  • Trekking Poles, should touch the ground when holding arm at 90°
  • Headlamp, with set of extra batteries
  • Water Bottles or Dromedary, any number of bottles that allow you to carry 5L total

Hiking Clothes

Wool or synthetic fabric only. No cotton allowed.

  • Trail Running Shoes or Breathable Boots, already broken in
    * Climbing Half Dome: The route to the top of Half Dome is steep, smooth, slippery granite. If you’d like to get to the top, bring boots with strong grip or trail running shoes with very sticky, new treads. Some people pack climbing “approach shoes” just for the Half Dome climb.
  • Grippy Gloves, for Half Dome trips only
    * Climbing Half Dome: The route to the top of Half Dome requires adventurers to grasp onto a wide metal cable. Bring well-fitting work or climbing gloves that allow you to grip the cable well and protect your hands.
  • Hiking Socks, 1 per day, breathable, not too thick or hot
  • Underwear, 1 per day
  • Running Shorts, 1 for entire trip
  • Hiking Pants, 1 for entire trip
    * Hiking Shorts and Pants: Save weight with convertible hiking pants that zip off into shorts!
  • Hiking Shirt, synthetic t-shirt or a breathable long sleeved shirt
  • Mid-Layer Shirt, synthetic, long sleeved and warmer than hiking shirt
  • Mid-Layer Fleece, synthetic mid layer for cool weather
  • Packable Puffy Jacket, down preferred, or lightweight synthetic
    * Winter in Death Valley: Temperature from sundown to sunrise can be below freezing. Bring a very warm, lightweight puffy jacket.
  • Sun Hat, at least a baseball cap, if not a sunhat with even more protection
  • Sunglasses, polarized is best
  • Swimsuit, most people use their underwear!
  • Small Microfiber Towel
  • 2 Bandanas

Rain Gear

must have for Yosemite’s frequent afternoon showers

  • Rain Coat, similar to the Marmot Precip. 
  • Rain Pants, Marmot Precip. Optional in Yosemite. Probably not needed in Death Valley.
  • Backpack Rain Cover, if you attach gear outside your pack, make sure the cover is big enough!

Warm Pajamas

Wool or synthetic fabric only. No cotton allowed.

  • Long underwear pants, Yosemite: light/mid weight, Death Valley: Heavyweight
  • Long underwear top, Yosemite: light/mid weight, Death Valley: Heavyweight
  • Warm wool socks, thick, warm socks only for sleeping
  • Warm knit cap
  • Gloves, warm gloves or mittens for cold evenings and mornings
    Buff, like a lightweight scarf for keeping extra warm

Meal Time

  • Cup or Mug, for hot drinks
  • Bowl, also used as a plate!
  • Spoon and Fork, or spork!

Toiletries

Keep kit as small as possible. It must fit into an already-packed bear canister!

  • Bathroom Kit, must bring all these items
    * Toilet Paper in a Ziploc
    *
    Hand Sanitizer
    *
    Lightweight Trowel, to bury waste. Digging with heel won’t work in rocky Sierra soil.
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick, with SPF sun protection
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Glasses/Contacts Accoutrements
  • Bug Spray, small bottle
  • Mosquito Head Net
  • Blister Protection, Band-Aids or Moleskin
  • Duct Tape, for field repairs. Wrap a small amount around chapstick or trekking pole.
  • Bags, one garbage bag and a few ziplock bags

Optional ITEMS

  • Ear Plugs, snoring, tents flapping loudly in the wind
  • Phone Battery
  • Mini Inflatable Pillow
  • Air Mattress Repair Kit
  • Carabiners, 2-3
  • Lighter
  • Small Pocket Knife
  • Powder/Anti-Chafing Cream
  • Trail Running Gaiters, keeps rocks from getting in shoes
  • Camp Shoes, very optional 
  • Wrist Watch
  • Backpacking Hammock, very optional. For Ten Lakes Adventure only.
  • Cash, to tip your guide!

GEAR PROVIDED BY THE LAMPLIGHTERS

  • Meals, Snacks, Hot Drinks, from the first day’s dinner to the last day’s lunch
    * Food: There is no need to bring any food or snacks at all. Ample supply is provided. If you must bring food that you cannot do without, let us know so that we do not overload you with food you won’t need. Don’t forget to fill out the questionnaire!
  • One Man Tent, ask if you’d like to share a 2 man tent with your fellow adventurer
  • Group Water Filters
  • Stoves
  • Pots and Pans
  • Bear Canisters or Rodent Proof Sacks, everyone will carry one. Save room in your pack!
  • Emergency GPS Device
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Wilderness Permit
  • Micro Spikes, if needed
  • Adventure Journal and Pen, for drawing, writing, and being mindful in the mountains
  • Card Games
  • Tarp, our shelter during afternoon showers!

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Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Trekking Poles, Headlamp, Mug, Bowl, Utensils

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