Make sure to dress warm, as if skiing on a cold day. Lots of warm wool or synthetic layers are best and a water-resistant winter outer layer. Goggles are warmer than sunglasses and mittens are warmer than gloves. Warm winter boots that are loose fitting, go to mid-shin or higher and have a liner are best, especially if it's just snowed. It never hurts to have hand and toe warmers opened and heating up before you get to us. You are heading far off the beaten path so best to be over prepared. There is plenty of room on the dog sleds to stow extra layers and gear. We do have a limited supply of extra gear, so let Sarah know when you make your reservation if you need to borrow something and we will be sure to have it for you. See the gear list below for some other suggestions.
PLEASE REMEMBER: When your core temperature begins to drop, your body does what is called shunting. Blood from your extremities is routed back to the core to keep your vital organs warm and working. This means without enough layers around your heart, your hands and feet will be VERY cold. If you come from a lower elevation, warmer climate or both you are going to need to dress very warm, and try to minimize exposed skin. Please do your best to be prepared and feel free to call with any questions! Sarah is always happy to help :). There is no bad weather folks, just bad gear.
1. Warm hat that covers the ears thoroughly
2. Goggles or sunglasses (it's ok to bring both - goggles are warmer)
3. Sunscreen (the trail starts at 8,800 feet, it's easier to burn at elevation)
4. Neck gator or scarf
5. Wool or synthetic base layers - fleece is great, NO COTTON (it doesn't insulate)
6. Mid-weight layers (fleece tops and pants, wool sweaters, etc.)
7. Water resistant outer layers (i.e. goretex ski jacket and bibs or pants)
8. Winter wool socks (just one pair, DON'T LAYER SOCKS, trust me)
9. Tall (as in mid-shin or higher) lined/insulated winter boots that are loose fitting for good circulation
10. Mittens (you can wear gloves but mittens are warmer - some folks like a thin liner glove under a mitten, but mittens all by themselves are warmer)
11. Hand and toe warmers (these take a while to warm up so have them open and going before you get to the trail - also if your boots/mittens are not roomy warmers are counterproductive)
12. Water bottle (you can bring snacks too if you want but we provide warm drinks and desserts at the back-country camp)