Mt. Baker Equipment List

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Head 

Beanie/Toque

Optional. Wool or synthetic. Avoid windstopper material, it makes hearing difficult and you can overheat faster. This hat will primarily be used while sitting around camp, in cold or windy conditions, or while sleeping at night. More recommended for early season trips unless you have personal preference. Hoods on your torso layers can also be used instead.

Examples

- Ortovox Fleece Light Beanie     BUY NOW!

- Arc'teryx Rho LTW Beanie     BUY NOW!

                                                             

Sun Hat 

Must have a hat or visor with a brim on it to keep the sun out of the face. You will be wearing this under the helmet so make sure it is a comfortable fit. Synthetic sweat wicking material is preferred.

Examples

- Ciele GOcap     BUY NOW!

- AAI District Trucker Hat     BUY NOW!

- AAI Classic Trucker Hat     BUY NOW!

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Glacier Glasses

Julbo Shield Reactiv Zebra Orange buy and offers on TrekkinnYou CANNOT go on the course without legit eye protection. They are that important. Without adequate eyewear, the eyes can literally get sunburnt and in an extreme situation will give you temporary blindness. Choose a model with 100% UVA/UVB protection and side shields. Light will be coming at you from all sides, so make sure the glasses and side shields cover your eyes from the top, side, and bottom. Look for lenses that have around 12% or less visible light transmission (VLT), in order to properly protect your eyes. Visible Light Transmission is a measurement of how many visible light waves transmit through a material.

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*Prescription Glasses - If you have prescription glasses then you have a couple of options: One is to go to www.sportrx.com, where they have some options to purchase glacier glasses with prescription lenses. Or you can check out the website www.cocoonseyewear.com and purchase Over-The-Glass (OTG) glasses to go over your prescription glasses. If you go this route make sure and purchase the pair with the least amount of visible light transmission (VLT).

*Contact Lenses - Please make sure you are aware of how to take care of your contact lenses out in the field and bring some extra.

Examples

- Julbo Shield     BUY NOW!

- Julbo Monterosa     BUY NOW!   

- Julbo Montebianco     BUY NOW!

- Julbo Explorer 2.0     BUY NOW!

 

Nose Protection

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Optional. Designed to protect your nose from intense sunlight, this is a UPF rated cloth nose guard that fits onto your glacier glasses. Try the fit on your sunglasses; they should fit well without pushing the frames off your nose. Trim as needed.

Examples

- Beko 2012      BUY NOW!

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Neck Gaiter

Must be UPF rated. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This rating indicates how much UV radiation can penetrate a piece of clothing and reach your skin. UPF 50 rated clothing blocks out 98 percent of UVA and UVB light. Brighter/lighter colors work better for warmer conditions and darker colors for colder conditions.

Examples

- Buff Coolnet UV+     BUY NOW!

- Skida Tour     BUY NOW!

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Face Masks

Cotopaxi Teca Cotton Face Mask | REI Co-opOur current COVID protocols require everyone to wear a face mask or face covering on the premises of AAI. These will mainly be worn at AAI, during your Rendezvous and Return. While neck gaiters are acceptable, double layer masks are preferred.

Bring 1. 

Examples

- Hyperlite Mountain Gear Face Masks     BUY NOW!

- Cotopaxi Teca Face Mask    BUY NOW!

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Hands

CLICK HERE for more info on Alpine Glove Systems

* Early Season Cascades Consideration (March-June) - In the early season, conditions tend to be very wet. If your course is within this time frame, we highly recommend to bring 2 pairs of liner gloves and even a second pair of mid-weight gloves. While on the mountain with wet conditions, it can be difficult to dry out gear, so it is nice to have a fresh dry pair of gloves to slip into while the other set dries. 

Liner Gloves

Worn for a majority of your time on the mountain, these should be dexterous and comfortable, with little insulation. Bring 1 pair.

Examples

-  Men's Outdoor Research Vigor Gloves     BUY NOW!

- Women's Outdoor Research Vigor Gloves     BUY NOW!

 

 

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Mid-weight “Work” Gloves

This glove needs to have a durable palm, some insulation value, and should be made out of soft-shell or breathable material. These do not need to be waterproof. In the good ol' PNW snowpack they are going to get wet regardless of waterproof material or not, and a more breathable fabric will dry out much faster. A non-insulated durable palmed glove, such as the Outdoor Research Direct Route Glove or Mountain Equipment G2 Alpine Glove, may also be used if there is room to add some insulation value by wearing a lightweight liner glove underneath it.

Examples  

- Mountain Equipment Direkt Glove     BUY NOW!

- Mountain Equipment G2 Alpine Glove     BUY NOW!

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Insulated Waterproof Gloves 

Renegade Glove These are your reserve gloves, for when it's really cold, late at camp, or summit day. They need to be dexterous enough to handle ropes, carabiners, and ice axes. The waterproof membrane will help to protect from high winds as well.

Examples

- Black Diamond Renegade Glove     BUY NOW!
 

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Torso

CLICK HERE for more info on The Layering System

Sports Bra

Smartwool Merino Seamless Racerback Bra | REI Co-opComfortable, activewear. Choose a model without plastic strap adjustments. These can dig into your shoulders while wearing a pack and can lead to injury. Look for a strap that lays flat and smooth against your skin. Bring 2 - one to change into if the other gets wet. Materials: wool or synthetic.

Examples

- Smartwool Merino Seamless Racerback Bra     BUY NOW!

- Icebreaker Merino Sprite Racerback Bra     BUY NOW!

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Moisture Management Base Layer

Must be UPF rated. Clothing serves much better as sun protection than sun screen, that is why we want to try and cover as much skin as possible with UPF rated clothing. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This rating indicates how much UV radiation can penetrate a piece of clothing and reach your skin. UPF 50 rated clothing blocks out 98 percent of UVA and UVB light. We highly recommend a sun hoody. Synthetic or wool only.

Examples

- Men's Patagonia Technical Sunshade Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Technical Sunshade Hoody    BUY NOW!

- Women's Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Men's Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody    BUY NOW!

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Active Insulation Jacket

This versatile piece is typically worn when it's cold and you are on the move, or you only need a small amount of added insulation when not moving in warmer conditions. Since we generate a lot of heat while moving (especially uphill), the key features of this piece should be lightweight and breathable. Conversely, because this piece is lightweight and breathable, it does not work as a good insulation piece in colder conditions when stationary.
Lightweight “gridded fleece,” or lightweight synthetic insulated jacket. Hood preferred. Down does not work for this layer, you will overheat easier and the perspiration from your body will work towards getting the down wet.
*There are different weights of insulation for synthetic jackets, typical active insulation jackets are 40g/m2 of insulation. If you are a person that tends to run colder or are going out in colder conditions, then you can think about going for 60g/m2 of insulation.

Examples

40g/m2 

- Men's Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka      BUY NOW!

- Women's Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka     BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Proton FL     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Proton FL     BUY NOW!

60g/m2

- Men's Patagonia Nano Air Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Nano Air Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Proton LT      BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Proton LT     BUY NOW! 

Fleece

- Men's Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Hoody      BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Hoody     BUY NOW!

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Soft-shell Jacket/Windproof Layer 

Echo Hooded Jacket
Optional, but highly recommended for those looking to spend more time being active in the mountains. This layer is very versatile and offers a lot of adaptability to variable conditions. Soft-shell is defined as weather 'resistant' and breathable. The main thing we are looking for here is for something to cut the wind. There is a slight spectrum for this type of layer, on one end is the more windproof but less breathable jacket, and on the other there is the less windproof but more breathable jacket. The thin windproof jackets are going to be lighter and more compact, and the more breathable jackets will be more versatile. Always remember that in super high winds, your hardshell jacket seconds as a more effective windproof layer.

Examples

Thin, light, windproof jackets

- Men's Patagonia Houdini Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Houdini Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody     BUY NOW!

 

Breathable, wind resistant jackets

- Men's Mountain Equipment Echo Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment Echo Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Men's Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Women's Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody     BUY NOW!

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Passive Insulation Jacket

Nuclei FL Jacket Men's NucleusThis layer will have a more weather resistant or weatherproof face fabric. We strongly recommend synthetic insulation in the Cascades due to our 'wet' climate. While down is totally acceptable, be aware that once down gets wet, it compresses and loses its insulation value. For synthetic passive insulation, insulation weight usually begins at 60g/m2, and goes up to 80/gm2 or even 100g/m2 for sheet insulation. We suggest the warmer end of this spectrum for early season (May-June), and for those who run cold. This layer can also be combined with the active insulation layer if more insulation is needed.
This piece typically has a weather resistant outer fabric, so it can be worn over layers during stops/breaks, or in cold situations, higher up on the mountain. 
 

Examples

60g/m2

- Men's Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket      BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket      BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket      BUY NOW!

Warmer options

- Men's Arc'teryx Atom AR     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Atom AR     BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Macro Puff      BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Marco Puff     BUY NOW!

 

Hard-shell Jacket - Rentals Available

 
Alpha FL Jacket Men's Meteor
The Hard-shell is defined as a waterproof piece. This layer gives protection against precipitation and high winds. This jacket should be non-insulated and have a helmet compatible hood. If insulation is needed, it can be worn over one or more of the insulation layers. When sizing this piece, make sure you can fit at least two other layers underneath. For fabric, make sure to choose a jacket with 3-layer construction. These will be the most waterproof, breathable, and durable jackets on the market - a must in the Cascades. The waterproof rating is based on pressure, and the lesser constructed jackets will let water through from simple things like sitting or the pressure of backpack straps when carrying your pack. Gore-tex Pro will offer the best protection against the rain, but it is only really needed if you know you are going out with rain or snow in the forecast. That said, our guides always carry a shell jacket in the mountains, since mountain weather can always change. We want you to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Examples

- Men's Arc'teryx Alpha FL    BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Alpha AR     BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket     BUY NOW!

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 Lower Body 

Undergarments

Bring 1-2 pairs depending on personal preference for changing. Synthetic or wool only.

Examples

- Patagonia Women's Barely Bikini    BUY NOW!

- Patagonia Men's Sender Boxer Brief      BUY NOW!

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Base Layer Pant

Optional. Can be nice for wearing around camp, in the tent, at night,  and in early season (May-June) conditions. 

* Those who tend to run cold should consider insulated pants such as the Mountain Equipment Compressor Pants, with full side zips. They are very cozy and are easy to take on and off even with your boots and crampons on the feet. These would go over your soft-shell pants and/or hard-shell pants when conditions are cold and you are not moving.

Examples

- Men's Patagonia Capilene Midweight Bottoms      BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Capilene Midweight Bottoms      BUY NOW!

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Soft-shell Pants

Sigma FL Pant - Men'sThis is your action layer. Should be stretchy, breathable and wind/snow-resistant. They should not restrict movement. A thigh pocket is a useful feature for storing small items.

Examples

- Men's Arc'teryx Sigma FL Pant     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Sigma FL Pant     BUY NOW!

- Men's Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant     BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment Chamois Pant      BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Simul Alpine Pant     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Simul Alpine Pant      BUY NOW!

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Hard-shell Pants - Rentals Available

Odyssey PantSimilar to the hard shell jacket, these should be uninsulated and have a 3-layer construction. Full side zips are highly recommended.

Examples

- Men's Mountain Equipment Odyssey Pants     BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment Odyssey Pants     BUY NOW!   

- Men's Arc'teryx Beta SL Pants     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Beta SL Pants     BUY NOW!

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Feet

Socks

Medium Hiker Sock

Light to mid weight socks are recommended. Lighter socks allow for a more accurate boot fit as well as room for your feet to swell. Thicker socks can restrict toe movement and blood flow. We need to maintain proper blood flow to our feet to keep them warm and working properly. Bring 2 pair, so you can change them out when one pair gets wet. Also if you sleep cold, think about bringing a thick pair for use at night.

Examples

- FITS Medium Hiker Sock      BUY NOW!

- FITS Light Hiker Sock      BUY NOW!

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Mountaineering Boots - Rentals Available

La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Women's Mountaineering BootPerhaps the most important piece of equipment on this list. These boots must have a stiff shank, be crampon compatible, waterproof, and insulated.

Different seasons and conditions will warrant different types of boots. For early season (May-June), conditions can pretty cold and wet, so we might recommend a double boot for your multi-day program. For mid to late season, a 4 or 3 season single boot will be your best choice. Since there are many different scenarios, please reach out to us if you have any questions about boots, or if you'd like to know about current conditions.

Examples

Double Boots

- Arc'teryx Acrux AR     BUY NOW!

- La Sportiva G2 SM      BUY NOW!

4 Season Boots

- Men's La Sportiva Nepal Cube      BUY NOW!

- Women's La Sportiva Nepal Cube      BUY NOW!

- Men's Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro     BUY NOW!

- Women's Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro     BUY NOW!

3 Season Boots

- Men's Scarpa Charmoz      BUY NOW!

- Women's Scarpa Charmoz      BUY NOW!

- Men's Salewa Crow       BUY NOW!

- Women's Salewa Crow       BUY NOW!

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Approach Shoes

TX Guide

Optional. Used for moderate climbing or hiking up to camp later in the season. For early season, the trails tend to still have snow on them, in which case you would want to hike up to camp in your mountaineering boots.

Examples

- Men's La Sportiva TX Guide     BUY NOW!

- Women's La Sportiva TX Guide     BUY NOW!

- Men's Boreal Flyers     BUY NOW!

- Women's Boreal Flyers       BUY NOW!

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Gaiters - Rentals Available

Highly recommended in the early season when the snow pack is still deep, these will stop snow from getting into your boots. Optional later in the season, or if your boots or soft-shell pants have an integrated gaiter. Gaiters can also double as protection from your crampons. 

Examples

- Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters     BUY NOW!

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Mountaineering Equipment

Ice Axe - Rentals Available

Petzl - Glacier Ice Axe - One ColorA straight shaft is recommended due to them being lighter and cheaper, and an adze is required. If you are planning on doing more advanced mountaineering then a semi-technical axe may be a good investment, reach out for questions. Use the following info as a rough guide on length. Ice axe leashes are not required and not recommended.
Straight Shaft Axe
-5'8" or shorter: 50cm-55cm
-5'9"- 6': 55cm-60cm
-6'1"- 6'3": 60cm-65cm
-6'4" and up: 65cm-68cm

Examples

- Petzl Glacier      BUY NOW!

- SMC Kobah      BUY NOW!

Semi-Technical Axe

- Petzl Sum'tec       BUY NOW!

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Mountaineering Harness - Rentals Available

AltitudeMust be UIAA or CE rated for climbing. For this particular course a simple lightweight mountaineering harness is what you want to look for. This harness should be light and packable. Having releasable leg loops is a desired feature so you can put on and take off the harness with boots and crampons still on. If you own a rock climbing harness then that is also acceptable.

Examples

- Petzl Altitude Harness     BUY NOW!

- Petzl Tour      BUY NOW!

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Climbing Helmet - Rentals Available

Must be UIAA or CE rated for climbing. Make sure it is a good fit for your head.

Examples

- Petzl Sirocco    BUY NOW!

- Petzl Meteor    BUY NOW!

- Black Diamond Vapor     BUY NOW!

 

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Crampons - Rentals Available

Sarken CramponMust be steel crampons, as we will be traveling on glacial ice. Aluminum crampons are not allowed for this course. Twelve point crampons are highly recommended. Make sure the crampons are compatible with your mountaineering boots.

Examples

- Petzl Sarken      BUY NOW!

- Petzl Vasak     BUY NOW!

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Carabiners

Photon Wire - Straight Gate

 

Must be UIAA or CE rated for climbing.

*Baker Skills and Climb does not extensively teach crevasse rescue, so only the minimum amount of carabiners are needed just to tie into the rope.

2x medium to large pear-shaped locking carabiners (ideally are the exact same)

1x non-locking wire gate carabiner

Examples

Locking carabiners

- CAMP Nimubs      BUY NOW!

- Petzl Attache     BUY NOW!

Non-locking wire gate carabiners

- CAMP Photon Wire Gate     BUY NOW!

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Sewn-Slings 

Single

Must be UIAA or CE rated for climbing. Bring 1 double length (120cm, 48in.) sewn sling. While nylon is preferred for use with gloves, Dyneema is acceptable.

Examples

- Black Diamond 18mm Nylon Runner      BUY NOW!

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Prusiks

CLICK HERE for more info on Prusiks

Bring 3 lengths of 6mm accessory cord:
5ft
6ft
13ft
Ideally, each strand should be a different color for quick identification. Avoid stiff cord or any cord older than 5 years. Available at AAI the morning of the course.
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Examples

 -Tendon 6mm Accessory Cord      BUY NOW!

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Headlamp

ACTIK® CORE

 300-450 lumens is a good range. Make sure to bring extra batteries or a way to recharge. If you plan on leading personal mountaineering trips after the course, err on the side of more lumens, as it can make a big difference when navigating complex terrain in the dark.

Examples

- Petzl Actik Core     BUY NOW!

- Petzl Swift RL      BUY NOW!

- Petzl Tikka      BUY NOW!

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Trekking Poles - Rentals Available

Extremely pivotal tool for mountaineering. Bring 2, save those knees! Vital for balance on uneven terrain while carrying a heavy pack as well as a safety tool for complex stream crossings.

Examples

- CAMP Sky Carbon EVO      BUY NOW!

- Black Diamond Distance FLZ      BUY NOW!

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Internal Frame Pack - Rentals Available

Mission 7565L to 75L is our recommended carrying capacity. Torso sizes vary from companies, so make sure you size properly before going out on your first trip. Please contact the shop for any questions on how to fit a pack. For most mountaineering objectives, we generally prefer lighter, more streamlined packs, rather than heavily padded backpacking packs. That being said, if you are a smaller person, you will be carrying more weight relative to your own body weight, so having a pack that is more comfortable at carrying a heavy load can be nice. Bring whatever serves you needs the best. For reference, the hike into camp is only a few hours. 

Example

- Black Diamond Mission 75     BUY NOW!

- Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400    BUY NOW!

Shorter Torso+Comfortable Carry Option

 - Osprey Ariel Pro 65     BUY NOW!

- Osprey Aether Pro 70     BUY NOW!

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 Camping

 

Shelter - Rentals Available

Knowing what tent to bring can be kind of tricky since there are some variables to consider. The main questions are "What is the weather going to be looking like? Am I going to be on the mountain or car camping? How long am I going to be on the mountain?" While we recommend 4-season tents throughout the year, 3-season tents can be used if conditions allow. For instance, if the forecast is showing a chance of heavy precipitation or high winds, and you will be camping in the alpine, then a 4 season tent is essential. On the other hand, if the forecast looks favorable and calm, then a 3-season tent would be a suitable option. Keep an eye on the forecast before the start of your course. We always have 4-season tents to rent at the Equipment Shop. We mainly rent the Hilleberg Unna and Nallo 2.

 

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Sleep System

Sleeping Bag - Rentals Available

Down is recommended for it's warmth to weight ratio, synthetic is also acceptable. While synthetic sleeping bags can still insulate to some degree when wet, they are heavier, and do not compress as well as down in your pack. If you do bring a down bag then some care must be taken to ensure your down bag stays dry. Some sort of waterproof barrier is recommended to protect the bag in your pack, a waterproof compression stuff sack is an excellent choice. Hydrophobic down is recommended when considering purchasing a down sleeping bag. Temperature recommendations:

-Early-season: 0°F to 20°F (-18°C to -6°C)
-Mid-season: 20°F to 30°F (-6°C to -1°C)
-Late-season: 15°F to 20°F (-10°C to -6°C)
*Wearing clothing layers inside your sleeping bag or adding a sleeping bag liner are both good ways to add warmth to your sleep system. 

Example

- Rab Neutrino     BUY NOW!

- Mountain Equipment Glacier     BUY NOW!

Fast and Light Option

- Rab Mythic Ultra      BUY NOW!

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Compression Stuff Sack

Ultra-Sil_eVent_Compression_Waterproof Dry Bag___3 literUsed to compress down your sleeping bag to it's smallest possible size. Going with a waterproof compression sack is a nice way to help protect your sleeping bag from getting wet.

Example

-Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Dry Sack.       BUY NOW! 

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Inflatable Sleeping Pad - Rentals Available

Really important piece of gear here: This is the difference between a good nights sleep and a bad nights sleep. When you lay down in your bag, whether it be on your back, side, or stomach, you are compressing the down and mitigating the insulate properties immensely. That is where the sleeping pad comes in, it not only is there for comfort, but it is also pivotal to insulate that side you are sleeping on properly. Being high in the mountains and sleeping on snow can make things fairly cold, even in the summer months. Pro tip: A warmer pad will allow you to use a lighter sleeping bag. Please contact the shop for more questions. An R-value between 3-6 is ideal.

 

CLICK HERE for more info on R-Value

Example

- Thermarest Neoair XLite      BUY NOW!

- Thermarest XTherm      BUY NOW!

 * MUST HAVE an inflatable pad patch kit with you in case of a puncture.

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Closed-Cell Foam Pad - Rentals Available

Z Lite Sol

Definitely bring one of these in addition to your inflatable pad between the months of March and June, as you will most likely be camping on snow. Later in the season, this can be optional. This pad also works great as a sit pad on snow and rock, and functions as an emergency pad if your inflatable pad gets punctured and your patch kit isn't enough to fix it.

Example

-Thermarest Z-Lite SOL     BUY NOW!

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Stove, Pot and Fuel - Rentals Available

Reactor® Stove Systems

Liquid fuel or canister stove. Between the months of March and June you need to be prepared to melt snow for a water source. The standard pot, or integrated pot size is roughly 1L, though larger capacity pots (1.5L or 2L) will be more efficient at melting snow. After June, a 1L pot is just fine. We sell both liquid and canister fuel at the shop which you can purchase the morning of the course. The exact amount of fuel needed tends to be specific to each course as conditions dictate how much fuel may be needed. This is usually discussed with your Guide in the morning, after which you can purchase the correct amount of fuel in the shop.

Example

- MSR Windburner      BUY NOW!

- MSR Reactor        BUY NOW!

- Jetboil Flash      BUY NOW!

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Utensils

Alpha Light Long Spork

Don’t forget the official “most forgotten item ever;” the spork. Longer versions are great at getting the last bits out of your freeze-dried meals.

Example

- Sea to Summit Alpha Light Long Spork       BUY NOW!

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Bowl

X Bowl
Nice to have if you don't plan on eating out of your pot or freeze-dried meal bags. Consider bringing a mug for drinks.

Example

- Sea to Summit X Bowl       BUY NOW!

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Lighter

Bic Classic Lighters – Farmhouse Artisan Market

Bring one. Available at the shop the morning of the course.

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Hydration 

AAI 32oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle

3L capacity is recommended.  During the months of March-May, consider insulating your bottles in a thick sock or koozie. At night the bottles can be put in your sleeping bag to prevent freezing. If using a Camelbak style hydration bladder, bring a drinking tube insulator, as the tube can freeze up. Drinking tubes must also have a lock on the bite valve. If you choose to use this system, be aware that they require constant vigilance in order to avoid freezing. Blow the water out of the tube after every use and place the bite valve in the neck of your shirt to keep from freezing. A bottle is a necessary backup if the bladder gets punctured. An insulated bottle may also double as a mug for hot water, though not every bottle is designed to hold boiling water.   

Example

- AAI Nalgene Ultralight HDPE Wide Mouth Bottle       BUY NOW!

- Early Season Bottle Koozie 1L.      BUY NOW!

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Water Purification

Aquatabs

Tablets are recommended. Get ones that work in 30 minutes or less. UV light treatment can also be used, but make sure you have batteries or charging capabilities. Filters and pumps do not work well on Mt. Baker as they get clogged from glacial silt in the water.

Example

- Aquatabs       BUY NOW!

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 Food

Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai Veggie - 2 Servings | REI Co-op

You are responsible for bringing your own food for the duration of the course. Please consult our meal planning page. You will need three days and two nights worth of food. Assume your first breakfast and last dinner will be in Bellingham.

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Other Essentials 

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Colgate Toothpaste and Travel Toothbrush (.85oz) – Pack Simply

Travel size recommended.

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Hand Sanitizer

Citrus Hand Sanitizer Gel, 3.4oz – All Good Products

Required. COVID considerations, as well as general use before eating and after going to the bathroom.

Example

- All Good Hand Sanitizer Gel       BUY NOW!

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Toilet Paper

100% Recycled Toilet Paper - 3-ply - Double Length Rolls

The provided solid waste bags have a small amount of toilet paper with them, but most people do not find this to be adequate. Estimate how much you’ll need for a program of this length and place that in a plastic zip lock bag. An extra zip lock bag can be helpful for pack-out of used paper.

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Sunscreen

Amazon.com: All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - SPF 30 - Zinc Oxide -  Coral Reef Safe - Water Resistant - UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum (3 oz): Beauty

SPF 30+, zinc based is preferred. Small travel size tubes are recommended so you can put them in a close by pocket for easy access.

Example

- All Good Mineral Sport Sunscreen        BUY NOW!

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Lip Balm

Dermatone Lip Balm & Sunscreen - Performance Bicycle

Make sure it is SPF rated.

Example

- Dermatone Medicated Lip Balm       

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Personal First Aid Kit

❏ Band aids
❏ Blister treatment
❏ Personal Meds
❏ Ibuprofen etc.
❏ If you wear contacts make sure and have spares if you can't see without them.
NOTE- Guides will have an extensive med kit
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Repair Kit

Keep Calm – K-Type
Optional but good to have:
❏ Duct tape (can be wrapped around trekking poles or water bottle. Gorilla tape tends to be the best brand for the mountains.)
❏ Zip ties
❏ 6-10 ft of 3mm accessory cord
❏ 2 trash bags that are big enough to line the inside of your pack with.
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Other Optional Items

*The items below are not required, although many are nice “luxury” items that can make your experience more enjoyable. Take into consideration though that a few ounces here and there add up to extra pounds on your back and knees.

 

Gaia Navigation App

Gaia GPS - Navigate, Track, and Explore
Optional Smartphone App. Please have the Mt. Baker (all aspects) maps downloaded prior to the start of your course.
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Map and Compass

Suunto MC-2/360/D/CM/IN/NH Compass - Advanced navigation compass
Map and Compass Map should be of Mt. Baker area (preferably Green Trails Maps #13SX). Compass must have declination adjustment.
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Altimeter Watch

Amazon.com: Garmin Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS, Features  GLONASS and Galileo, Heart Rate Monitoring and 3-Axis Compass, Sunburst  Yellow
If you have one then bring it! It is a great tool to have in the backcountry, especially for navigation.

Example

- Garmin Instinct Solar      BUY NOW!

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Pee Bottle 

Nalgene 48oz Wide Mouth Cantene Collapsible Bottle
Used at night or when the weather is poor so you don’t have to get out of your tent.

Example

- Nalgene 48oz. Wide Mouth Canteen       BUY NOW!
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Women’s Specific Items

Female Urination Device

Amazon.com : Freshette by Freshette by Freshette : Sports & Outdoors
Pee funnel such as the Tinkle Belle or Freshette. Many female guides prefer a rigid pee funnel.

CLICK HERE for more info!

Examples

-Tinkle Belle       BUY NOW!

-Freshette         BUY NOW!

 

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Menstruation Collection Cup

Amazon.com: DivaCup - Menstrual Cup - Feminine Hygiene - Leak-Free - BPA  Free - Model 1: Health & Personal Care
There are many things to consider concerning backcountry menstruation.

CLICK HERE for more info!

CLICK HERE for even MORE info!

Examples

-Diva Cup       BUY NOW!

-Intima Lily Cup       BUY NOW!

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Entertainment

Books, games, cards, music player, kindle, ect. For evenings or rainy days in the tent.
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Portable Charging Device

Phone charger, battery pack, or solar panel.
✫ NOTE: Solar panels should only be used to charge battery packs. Battery packs should be used to charge devices. Inappropriate use of a solar panel could lead to the depletion of a device’s power.
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Ear Plugs

For defense against snoring and high winds.
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Insect Repellent

Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black-flies can be prevalent during different times of the season depending upon conditions and location. This is a nice item to have just in case.
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Camera

Phone cameras or small point-and-shoot cameras are preferred. SLR cameras are not recommended due to their size and bulk.
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Comfortable Clothing and Footwear

Breathable footwear -- like flip-flops -- as well as some comfortable cotton clothing can be nice to change into after you get back to the vehicle.
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Car Charger