Pierre Lakes Basin

Overnight Backpacking Gear List


  • Socks: thin socks work best, wool or synthetic 
  • Synthetic underwear or briefs: cotton does not dry or insulate when wet 
  • Softshell climbing/hiking pants lightweight pants or shorts 
  • Synthetic wicking t-shirt 
  • Sun shirt: lightweight sun protective long sleeve shirt 
  • Warm hat that fits well under a helmet (no pom-pom!) 
  • Sun hat 
  • Wool or synthetic base layer bottoms 
  • Mid-weight / breathable insulating layer: fleece or synthetic 
  • Warm insulated parka with hood: a mid weight down or synthetic parka with hood will suffice Lightweight rain pants 
  • Hard shell rain jacket 
  • Additional light puffy jacket with hood (optional if you easily get cold) 
  • Lightweight liner gloves mid weight to thin for colder nights and early mornings 
  • Buff or neck/face covering for warmth and sun protection 
  • Hiking/alpine Boots: with higher tops and good ankle support, waterproof (gore-tex or leather)

Camping Equipment (provided, if needed) 

  • Backpack: a 45-60 liter pack is the recommended size 
  • Sleeping Bag: down or synthetic rated at least 20 degrees with a compression sack 
  • Sleeping Pad: full length inflatable or closed foam 
  • Tent: 3 season lightweight 
  • Insulated Mug: Some sort of insulated mug for coffee, coco, etc. 
  • Plastic bowl and spork 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Water purification (Iodine, pump or UV system)
  • Toilet paper & extra ziplock bag 

Misc Personal Items 

  • Headlamp (bring an extra set of extra batteries) 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen and lip balm 
  • Personal first-aid / repair kit 
  • Camera or Smartphone 
  • Water bottle (at least 2 liters) – we do not advise Camelbacks if there are freezing temps
  • Lunch/Snack food 


  • Hand Sanitizer  
  • Bug Spray (no aerosol cans) 
  • Prescription Medications 
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Moleskin 
  • Ear Plugs 
  • Small toiletries kit 

**your guide(s) will carry a First Aid Kit & rescue equipment