Whether you’re going on a multi-day or day trip, much of what you’ll need is the same aside from your pack. If you’re visiting us in the colder months, be sure to check the winter extras — and word to the wise, bring hiking boots instead of trainers, and avoid cotton at all costs! Even underwear and socks.
Base Layer (1 set for each day of your trip):
⋅ Long sleeve merino thermal (200gsm min)
⋅ Merino underwear
⋅ Merino or wool blend socks
⋅ Lightweight puffer or alpine polar fleece or softshell
⋅ Hiking trousers or hiking shorts
⋅ Hooded waterproof long sleeve shell
⋅ Hiking gaiters
⋅ Waterproof over pant with full zip sides
⋅ Lightweight water resistant hiking boots
⋅ Crocs with heel strap
⋅ Hand sanitiser
⋅ Small non-aerosol insect repellent
⋅ Any personal medication
⋅ Toilet paper
⋅ Small first aid kit
⋅ Water bladder or bottle (1L to 2L)
⋅ Head torch
⋅ Spare torch batteries
⋅ Single blade pocket knife
⋅ Long handled spoon
⋅ Bic lighter
⋅ Survival bag
⋅ Walking poles
⋅ Small Jetboil or similar
⋅ Lightweight pack with a good harness system (55L min)
⋅ Lightweight sleeping bag (600~800 loft min)
⋅ Alpine insulated sleeping mat
⋅ 5x small to medium dry bags
DAY TRIP PACK
⋅ Min 25L day pack
⋅ 3x small to medium dry bags
⋅ Warm gloves
⋅ Puffer over pant with full zip sides
⋅ Puffer hut slippers
⋅ Please don’t bring anything made from cotton, even bras, socks and underwear.
⋅ Stuff sacks are a worthwhile addition, they’re great for reducing the size of bulky items like puffer jackets and sleeping bags.
⋅ Remember you will be carrying everything in your pack, so it is worth reducing weight wherever possible, even grams add up.
⋅ While putting together your first aid kit, keep in mind that blisters, small abrasions and burns are the most likely injury.
Do you have gear for hire?
Yes, we are always growing our inventory, ‘book a call’ to get in touch to see if we have what you need.
Am I able to purchase any items on the packlist from Base Camp?
Yes, ‘book a call’ well ahead of your arrival and we will be sure to have anything you need.
Will you provide the technical gear for my adventure?
We provide all the technical gear which isn’t on the packlist that you will need for our adventures — such as tents, ice axes, crampons, helmets, carabiners, harnesses, ropes, snow shoes, winter alpine hiking boots and more.
Why shouldn't I pack anything made from cotton?
Cotton is more problematic than you might expect, and we strongly advise you don’t pack any — even track pants, bras, socks and underwear.
It is very absorbent and will quickly become saturated when exposed to sweat, snow, and rain. Not only does this cause discomfort and chafing, it is dangerous in cold or windy environments. Unlike wool or merino, cotton loses its ability to keep you warm while wet and can lead to hypothermia.
Cotton also holds up to 2700% of its weight in moisture, whereas alternatives like merino will only hold 33%. Meaning that cotton will become much heavier while wet, and will take a long time to dry.
Are cross country trainers suitable for hiking?
Possibly if you are on a less intrepid adventure, but ‘book a call’ to contact us if you are unsure.
Hiking boots are always best, most of our adventures feature a substantial hike, and purpose designed boots will offer better grip and support which helps with comfort and reduces the likelihood of injuries. Hiking boots also typically have better water resistance which is a big advantage over trainers.
Do you recommend a particular pack?
We believe what makes a good pack is all about the harness system. Try to find a pack that will promote good posture and take weight off your back, neck and shoulders.
There are plenty of options when it comes to brand, but if you’re stuck, Osprey is a good place to start.
What should I look for in a sleeping bag?
When choosing a sleeping bag you want to find a down sleeping bag that is as lightweight and warm as possible. 600 loft will be enough, but 800 might be more comfortable. These can be expensive but are a worthwhile investment, a high quality down sleeping bag can be used year round and is much more durable, compact, lightweight and warm than cheaper synthetic alternatives.
Do you have a laundry or drying room?
Yes, we have both, accessible only to guests — our laundry room has multiple washing machines and dryers with detergent provided. We also have a large drying room with configurable racks and a world class ventilation system for drying everything from tents to socks.
Why over pants with full zip sides?
The full zip sides allow you to take them off and put them on without removing your boots. There may be occasions where you are caught in bad weather and need to change quickly.
Are synthetic puffer jackets good enough?
Yes, with proper layering a synthetic puffer is fine. The synthetic ones are lighter and more affordable than down — they aren’t as warm but are still warm while wet.
Will I need to bring any food?
No, all meals are provided — we can also accommodate any dietary requirements if you let us know in advance.
Why do I need multiple dry bags?
Dry bags are great for organising items in your pack, so you can quickly access what you need without rummaging around. Being waterproof they will also keep the contents of your pack dry if you get wet.
Why do I need Crocs?
We recommend Crocs because they’re lightweight, waterproof, the heel strap keeps them from falling off while walking on uneven ground, and they can strap to your pack.
SOMETHING MISSING FROM YOUR LIST?
You can purchase all items featured on the packlist from us. We pride ourselves on providing items that are the best value for money, for the conditions we know so well. Simply contact us well ahead of your adventure with what you need and we will be sure to have it.